Cayuga Inlet Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This stream gathers numerous tributaries rolling down from the hills towering above Ithaca and then feeds into Cayuga Lake on the city’s west side.
The state stocks about 15,000 yearling rainbows annually. Most migrate into the lake and return in the fall and spring. Autumn-run fish are relatively young 1 to 3 pounders, looking for adventure and salmon and brown trout caviar. Spring is spawning time, and the rainbows reach 8 pounds, even bigger. They hit egg sacs, yarn flies, worms, and in-line spinners. Brown trout—and a few brookies—in the 8-inch category are in the creek year-round.
Come fall, lake-run browns ranging from 2 to 6 pounds and some landlocked salmon up to twice that size enter the fast water, primarily in the section between the mouths of Enfield and Buttermilk Creeks. They’ll take worms and nymphs for nourishment but act with extreme prejudice to streamers like egg-sucking leeches. The minimum length for landlocked salmon is 18 inches."