By Leon Archer
Michael Kelly, a former Syracuse Post-Standard outdoor columnist, and long-time member of the New York Outdoor Writer’s Association, as well as being a personal friend of mine, sent me a copy of his latest book. That book,” FISHING THE FINGERLAKES, A Complete Guide to Prime Fishing Locations in Central New York State,” just came out in September, and I have already read it from cover to cover.
I found it to be an easy-to-read book, filled with useful, up to date information, which left me itching to try each one of the Finger Lakes that I have missed.
Mike has fished the region successfully for more than 50 years, so you can bank on the accuracy and value of what he shares in his book.
When you think of the Finger Lakes, you probably think of Owasco, Seneca, Cayuga, Keuka, and possibly, Skaneateles, but there are six more Finger Lakes, and Mike has fished them all.
He is a dedicated trout fishermen, but he knows plenty about catching the jumbo perch, land locked salmon, huge bluegills, plentiful bass and walleyes that lurk in the lakes.
He tells when and where your chances are best for the different species and how to fish for them. Whether you are a shore fisherman or have a boat, his advice is basic enough to give you a good chance at coming home with fish for the family.
I can assure you, whenever I went fishing with Mike, we caught fish – usually nice ones.
I highly recommend this book. If you have any interest in fishing the Finger Lakes, but don’t know where to start, it should be required reading.
If you are looking for a present for someone who enjoys fishing, I think it would be a perfect gift. It is 256 pages filled enjoyment and knowledge and only costs $16.95. It is available from online bookstores as well as many other sources. Enjoy.