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  1. When you go on your own, go out from 60'-90' fow and search for individual fish. Don't fish in the center of heavy bait schools (there are tons of sawbellies in there), but look on the edges where the bait becomes more scattered. Jig with 3/4 - 1 ounce paddle tail jigs, blade baits or jigging spoons. We fish with 10-15 pound braid and a 6' floor leader. Bounce the bottom and every few minutes, do a fast crank to the surface, often you will get strikes as you bring them up. Also, if you don't get a hit or a fish in 10 minutes, move, often just short move and redrop results in hits. Good luck !
  2. I agree with the cold water bite comment. 40 degrees is perfect. I like to use suspending and deep diving crankaits with single hooks as well as paddle tail jigs and large flutter spoons with a replacement single hook. Keeping mouth spreaders and needle nose pliers is key also.
  3. Dave, my brother has a place on the lake and I fish there several times a year. Pike are spotty in Cayuga, and July is not an easy time for them. That being said, the north end of the lake is a large , weedy flat that has lots of large pickerel and largemouth. John Gaulke ( Finger Lakes Angling Zone) is a guide on the lake and he can put you on lakers and pickerel that time of the year. He is a multi species angler who fly fishes, jigs and casts for everything that swims in Cayuga. The thermocline will be set up by then and jigging lakers with braid is very productive for fish averaging 8-12 pounds. There's also good brown and landlocked salmon fishing. The browns and salmon are typically active dawn and dusk, but the lakers and pickerel bite all day. It's a tremendous fishery, that that the round goby has impacted, but most gamefish have had an increase in average size since their introduction.The first photo below was about 2 weeks ago casting off by brothers dock.