With temperatures nearing 80 degrees today, residents of the Watkins Glen area flocked to Seneca Lake to take in this slice of summer weather.
Collen Bauer and his friends are attempting to make the most of this abnormally warm day in mid October.
“I plan on catching a nice sized fish and enjoying the sun while I still can, because we got like six months of winter, eight months of winter coming up,” Watkins Glen resident, Collen Bauer said. “So, trying to get those sun rays in.”
“There is some small bass and perch hanging around close in,” Aaron Nowak said. “We saw a big lake trout but we haven’t gotten’ anything to bite.”
Anytime fall weather gets this warm and hits the twin tiers, Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake become a hotspot for tourism. Restaurants and boat services, like Captain Bill’s, love the influx of people to the area.
“This past weekend the weather was beautiful,” President of Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises, Mark Simiele said. “People come out in the fall when the weather warms up and we’re a little late this year on the fall foliage. So, I think that made a difference as well. But, anytime you get a nice warm weekend in the fall, this town is pretty crowded.”
With the weather expected to get colder as we move towards the end of the month, Captain Bill’s cruises will continue to hold on to the summer novelty and service the area for one more week.
“We’re typically open till the end of October,” Simiele said. “So, we have another week worth of cruises we run this weekend through, Monday is our last dinner cruise on the 24th. So, we’re normally here sometimes the weather cooperates, sometimes not but the boats are all climate controlled so we’re comfortable either way.”
The last time that we reached temperatures this warm in October, was 1947, when the Twin Tiers reached about 81 degrees.