No grass? No problem

With all the fuss going on during practice about the lack of grass on Cayuga Lake, one thing is certain. The fish will bite and limits will get caught. Scott Canterbury and Mark Menendez got theirs within the first 20 minutes of fishing. In fact, the BASSTrakk scoreboard is already lit up catches.

What made me curious yesterday when talking with the anglers is the lake’s vegetation, which is a key player in the game plans of the anglers. There’s not as much of it as in previous years when aquatic grasses dominated the patterns of top finishers.

I wanted to know if less grass is not such a bad thing. The thought running through my mind is the lack of it could concentrate the bass and make them easier to find. With that comes a caveat.

Brian Snowden laughed as if he already knew what was to come.

“It’s what the fish are preferring right now, and once you get 20 or more boats sharing those areas with grass it’s going to dwindle down pretty quick.”

Brandon Lester agreed.

“The grass still will be a player, there’s only so much for them to get on,” he said. “If everyone finds the same stuff it could get crowded."

High water and a late spring are blamed for the sparse vegetation.