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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

6 – 22 – 18

 

TIP #1: THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 23 – 24 - NEW YORK STATE’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 23-24. Anglers are reminded that although a fishing license is not required during the free fishing weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

 

TIP #2: Try Wacky Rigging: The wacky rig is an extremely simple and effective way to catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass. It can be used by anglers of all ages and abilities and is particularly good for young anglers. Visit DEC's website to learn more about fishing wacky style.

TIP #3: HOW TO FISH JUNE BASS: (Bass Season Opened June 16th) If you have a lot of success catching bass in June, you can apply those same techniques when you find similar water and weather conditions during other summer months. Deep structure is tough to fish in early summer so you need to spend a little time and effort to find bass. If the lake you are fishing has grass, you may find bass sometimes relate to the grass better than deep  structure. Why? Because vegetation provides them bait fish, shelter and the cooler temperatures they like. Rivers are another great place to try in June. A moving river naturally aerates the water, which bass really like and also the water temperature doesn’t get as warm as lakes do.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to basspro.com)

 

LAKE ERIE: Walleye action was pretty good on Lake Erie until some recent east winds and coldwater upwellings slowed things down a bit in open lake areas. However, the walleye bite has remained consistent around the greater Buffalo Harbor. Anglers are catching good numbers of walleye outside the outer breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water. Decent numbers of eyes are coming inside the breakwalls also, with top catches near the gaps. Some fish caught along the shipping channel as well. Around the Buffalo Harbor expect to catch a few short walleye for every keeper. The walleye bite off the windmills has been fair in 35-45 feet of water, with some nice sized fish mixed in. The walleye bite is hit or miss from Sturgeon Point to Barcelona, with most effort between 40 and 65 feet of water. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits. In areas where walleye are more heavily congregated there will likely be a pack of boats to deal with. Anglers also have good chances to catch walleye away from the pack by trolling medium to large stickbaits at around 2 mph. There have been some decent yellow perch catches off Sturgeon Point in 54-57 feet of water and off Dunkirk starting in 50 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass are now the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit.  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Northeast winds have stirred up the water a bit and scattered the fish. Once things get back to normal look for fishing to pick up. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 100-350 feet of water. Lures run 50-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye fishing continues to be quite good. From dusk until dawn, from tight to the weedline out to 20 feet of water. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Look for hatches of caddisflies and March Browns, with better surface action later in the day. Green Drakes may not be far off on those waters that produce that hatch.  Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been active on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: : No reports. Help!! A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: . Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters.

(Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: The blow the last few days caused the surface temps on north end to drop to 48-55 causing some fish to die including a reported 15" perch. Once things are back to normal look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore (10 feet or less) should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing.For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. No report on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SANDY POND: The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding an active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 90 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass season had a fantastic start with boats covering the entire shoreline of Sodus Bay. Both smallies and largemouths were hitting…Zoom was the popular bait. The new Fluke Zoom was the hot rubber. Port Bay produced some largemouths in the 5-pound class. Some smallmouths were caught near the channel. The pike fishing was also great in Sodus; however, you need to fish when there is less recreational boat traffic. Pike will hit large jigs with rubber tails or the common Daredevle spoon. Kayak fishing the Erie Canal has become very popular. The protected waterways don’t have all the boat waves like the Wayne County bays. The cats are hitting the deep poles and the largemouths are the biggest bass in the county. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SALMON RIVER: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits and crayfish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are a little high and muddy. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JUNE 2018

23 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email
mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

23 - The Olcott Kids Fishing Derby out of the Town of Newfane Marina (Niagara County) (8:00 am to noon.) Kids age 4 to 15 are eligible. (Call the marina at 716-778-5462  for information.)

23 - A Kids Fishing Contest on Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Held in conjunction with a summer bash. After fishing, try your hand at kayaking with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at 12:30 p.m. (For information call 716-286-4840)

23 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

23 – 2nd Annual WNY Heroes – Military Veterans Walleye Fun Fish Day at Dunkirk Harbor.  (Date is tentative.) (For information call Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348)

23 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

23 – The 25th Annual Lew Meade Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Cassadaga Lake. (7:00 – 11:00 am) Hosted by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, this event is open to the public for age groups 7 years old and under, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 years old. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Trophies will be presented in each age group and for boys and girls. In addition, first place winners will receive their own kayaks. (For information call Steve Wickmark at 716-595-2900.)

23 - Muskies Inc #69 Tournament at Chautauqua Lake. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (For information call Clint Nicholson at 585-330-4087.)

23 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23-24 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

23-24 - Hooked on the Tonawandas out of Gateway Harbor in North Tonawanda. (Call 716-628-1247 for information.)

29 - Strawberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Celebrate June’s second full moon with a paddle and bonfire. Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take guests out onto the waters of Keuka Lake, through wetlands, and back up Sugar Creek. Attendees will end their evening with a strawberry dessert and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

30 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

30 - Monroe County Offshore Classic. Visit Monroe County Offshore Classic on Facebook.com for details (Contact: Matt French 585-737-9364 or Rick Hijecki 585-704-7996)

 

JULY 2018

1-6 – New York State Trout Unlimited Youth Camp at the Land of the Vikings Lodge near the West Branch of the Delaware River. Applicants must be 13 years of age by May 15 and applications must be postmarked by that date. The camp offers youths the opportunity to learn about trout ecology, stream conservation and trout fishing. (For information call Ronald Urban at 845-339-5938 or email ronsgonefishing@aol.com.)

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*TIP: LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH BASS SEASON OPENS STATEWIDE JUNE 16: Although anglers in many areas of the state have been enjoying the special catch and release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass that runs from the close of the regular season to the 3rd Saturday in June, the regular season covering all waters in the state opens on Saturday, June 16. During the regular bass season, anglers are permitted to keep five bass 12 inches or larger in size. Special regulations exist on certain waters, so be sure to check the current fishing regulations for the water you intend to fish.

 

*TIP 2: HOW TO FISH JUNE BASS: (Bass Season Opens Tomorrow, June 16th) If you have a lot of success catching bass in June, you can apply those same techniques when you find similar water and weather conditions during other summer months. Deep structure is tough to fish in early summer so you need to spend a little time and effort to find bass. If the lake you are fishing has grass, you may find bass sometimes relate to the grass better than deep  structure. Why? Because vegetation provides them bait fish, shelter and the cooler temperatures they like. Rivers are another great place to try in June. A moving river naturally aerates the water, which bass really like and also the water temperature doesn’t get as warm as lakes do.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to basspro.com)

 

*TIP 3: JUNE 23 – 24 - NEW YORK STATE’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 23-24. Anglers are reminded that although a fishing license is not required during the free fishing weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Best walleye action remains at night, where trollers focus on spawning shoals in 8-15 feet of water. In areas where walleye are more heavily congregated there will likely be a pack of boats to deal with. Anglers also have good chances to catch walleye away from the pack by trolling medium to large stickbaits at around 2 mph. During the day, anglers were picking up walleye in deeper areas of 20-35 feet of water off of spawning shoals. Bottom bouncing with worm harnesses works well. Yellow perch catches have been good for anglers who find and stay on a school. Some full buckets of perch have come from waters off Cattaraugus Creek in 50-57 feet of water, off Evangola in 56-60 feet of water and some have shown off Hamburg in around 40 feet of water. Live emerald shiners can’t be beat. Emeralds are showing a little better in the typical dipping spots along the upper Niagara River, harbors and Lake Erie tributaries, but be prepared to work for them. The harbors at Barcelona, Dunkirk and Buffalo are currently hot spots for smallmouth bass. A recent DEC electrofishing survey along the inner and outer breakwalls and shorelines in Buffalo Harbor showed lots of smallmouth bass all over. There were also decent numbers of northern pike along the outside of Buffalo Harbor State Park breakwall (especially at the southwest corner). Decent numbers of walleye were observed on the lake side of the outer breakwall gaps at night. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off Unity Island. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river trout and bass action continues to be good for boaters. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Bass are hitting swimbaits and tubes. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for trout and bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Northeast winds have stirred up the water a bit and scattered the fish. Once things get back to normal look for fishing to pick up. King salmon action remains strong, but fish are moving around, requiring a bit more searching. This week the better king bite has been between 80-200 feet of water from Wilson to Hamlin, on lures run 50 to 80 feet down. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. Off the Niagara Bar, depths of 200-250 feet of water has been productive. Anglers targeting kings are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional steelhead or Atlantic salmon. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers have been catching a few brown trout and steelhead. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are being used. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye fishing continues to be quite good. From dusk until dawn, the shallows in 3-10 feet of water have been walleye hotspots. Areas along emerging weed beds have been especially good. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. The shallows are a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks and their season is now open. The shallows are also a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Area trout streams were in prime shape with good flows and increasing bug activity. Look for hatches of caddisflies and March Browns, with better surface action later in the day. Green Drakes may not be far off on those waters that produce that hatch.  Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Bass are hitting but still and tomorrow they’re legal. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway and bass is starting tomorrow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been active on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: : No reports. Help!! A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: . Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms and they’re legal to keep now. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Rainbow fishing has been fair in the tributaries. Watch for floating debris. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 65 - 85 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  Keep an eye out for debris when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: There are some reports of a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet but remember another week to go.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are picking up bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SANDY POND: The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Some fair to good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass and tiger musky. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. For anglers after bass, try the 5 to 10 foot levels with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 10 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. The spring king bite is still on with some of the cleanest looking salmon being caught in years. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 200 feet, fishing at 50 – 90 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Walleye fishing has been decent, especially near dusk on Sodus – fishing between the islands. Pike are hitting pike minnows or large red spoons between LeRoy Island and the north shore of Sodus. You can also catch pike between Newark Island and the shoreline near Skipper’s Restaurant.

This is the time of year when the perch head to Lake Ontario and you can catch them there in shallow water…10 feet or less. There is a good bite of crappies at the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. Look for some good bullhead action on the bays. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. Great bass locations are Sodus, Port, and Blind Sodus Bays and the Erie Canal. Fish the weedlines with rubber, plastic, or topwater baits. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays and now you can add bass. Bullhead fishing has gotten better on Irondequiot Bay and you can target the northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SALMON RIVER: Now that we are in June, action on the river is slowing. An occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits and cray fish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are a little high and muddy. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JUNE 2018

9-17 - 34th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. Cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. On-line application at www.southtownswalleye.org. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. (For information call  Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372).

15 - Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

15 - Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass

15 – Start of Frog Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) (>9/30)

16 - Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)

16 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/19)

16 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

16 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

16 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

16 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

16 - FREE Fishing Seminars at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Electronics: how to set up your boat for fishing success. 1:00-4:00 pm – Kids’ Fishing Event - FREE Catch & Release Pond, FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day, FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!, FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day, FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last, FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last. 2:00-3:00 pm - Take Kids Fishing; how, where, and what you need. (For information call 716-608-4770) 

16 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

17 - Fishing Seminars: Selecting The Proper Rod And Reel Setup at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (1:00 – 2:00 pm) (For information call 716-608-4770) 

20 - Lake Erie and Niagara River Fisheries Update at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge, S-3580 Lakeshore Road Blasdell, NY (6:30 – 9:30 pm) The meeting will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. The meeting will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required. (For information call 716-851-7000.)

23 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email
mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

23 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

23 – 2nd Annual WNY Heroes – Military Veterans Walleye Fun Fish Day at Dunkirk Harbor.  (Date is tentative.) (For information call Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348)

23 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

23 – The 25th Annual Lew Meade Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Cassadaga Lake. (7:00 – 11:00 am) Hosted by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, this event is open to the public for age groups 7 years old and under, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 years old. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Trophies will be presented in each age group and for boys and girls. In addition, first place winners will receive their own kayaks. (For information call Steve Wickmark at 716-595-2900.)

23 - Muskies Inc #69 Tournament at Chautauqua Lake. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (For information call Clint Nicholson at 585-330-4087.)

23 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23-24 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

 

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TIP: KID STUFF: The big fishing tackle us adults use can be difficult for kids to use. Ultralight pushbutton or spin casting are ideal and much more durable than those cute little cheap combos. These downsized rigs are easy for small kids to hold and are relatively tangle free. Best of all, they make even a small sunfish feel like a whopper. Starting a child right means using decent, functional tackle. Anything less performs poorly and invites discouragement. Find an ultralight combo with a soft tip, which means easy casting, and a reel that handles 4-pound test line well and has a smooth drag. The price is usually around $30 which isn’t too bad either. Most important from the youngsters view is that it works, it fits, and it’s fun. Now go find a place where they can catch a mess of perch or bullhead catfish and you’ll have a kid hooked on fishing.

(Jimmy Houston is host of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” on ESPN® For more tips, log onto basspro.com)

 

LAKE ERIE: There are still some walleye available at night in the nearshore shallows, however that bite is tapering off. The daytime action has been decent to good at mid-depth areas, including some limit catches. Out of Buffalo, anglers are catching walleye off the windmills in 30-40 feet of water. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits near the bottom, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. From Sturgeon Point to west of Dunkirk, depths of 40-50 feet are good starting points. Depths around 40 feet off Van Buren Bay has been a hot spot. Worm harnesses or stickbaits run within 10 feet of bottom is a good bet. Working the deeper edges of the walleye spawning structures is also worth a try. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors and the catches are improving around the nearshore reefs and shoals. Good spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off Unity Island. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Remember, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only in the Niagara River north of the Peace Bridge, until regular season opens on 16th.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river trout and bass action continues to be good for boaters. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Bass are hitting swimbaits and tubes. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for trout and bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: King salmon action remains strong, but fish are moving around, requiring a bit more searching. This week the better king bite has been between 80-200 feet of water from Wilson to Hamlin, on lures run 50 to 80 feet down. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. Off the Niagara Bar, depths of 200-250 feet of water has been productive. Anglers targeting kings are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional steelhead or Atlantic salmon. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers have been catching a few brown trout and steelhead. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are being used. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye fishing continues to be quite good. From dusk until dawn, the shallows in 3-10 feet of water have been walleye hotspots. Areas along emerging weed beds have been especially good. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. The shallows are also a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks. As a reminder, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until 3rd Saturday in June. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The yellow perch on Chautauqua Lake have started biting again and the females have dropped their eggs, so the spawn should be about done. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Area trout streams are in good shape with good flows and increasing bug activity. Look for hatches of sulphurs, caddisflies, stoneflies and March browns on the streams that have them. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Bass are hitting but still another week before they’re legal. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway and reports have some nice pike (27 – 29 inches) being caught. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Reports indicate some bluegills, pickerel and bass are being caught but no details. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: No reports on current fishing.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is underway but no reports on the action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is very clear now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Remember it’s now catch and released. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Musky season is open – good luck. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead and panfish. Also, pike and pickerel seasons are open but no reports on action. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Also on open water – perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Rainbow fishing has been fair in the tributaries. Watch for floating debris. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 120 – 155 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  Keep an eye out for debris when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: There are some reports of a good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Rainbow fishing is fair in the tribs. Try egg sacs. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows at about 20 feet.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet but remember another week to go.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. Some other waters where trout anglers are plying their skills are Cayuta Creek in Chemung and Schuyler counties; the Canisteo River in Steuben County; and Eldridge Lake and Park Station in Chemung County; and Cayuta Creek and Owego Creek (including its East Branch) in Tioga County. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are starting to pickup bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SANDY POND: The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass which are catch and release only until the season opens June 16. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: No specific reports available. Fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action is hit or miss on Oneida Lake. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. For anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season (one more week to go), try the 5 to 10 foot levels with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. The walleye run has started at the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for viewing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 10 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. The spring king bite is still on with some of the cleanest looking salmon being caught in years. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 180 feet- straight-out- east or west, fishing at 50 – 90 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good with the pike bite continuing on Sodus – fishing between the islands, using pike minnows or casting large red spoons. The perch are in Sodus Bay and hitting at the north end of Port Bay. This is the time of year when the perch head to Lake Ontario and you can catch them in shallow water…10 feet or less. There is a good bite of perch at the north end and catch of crappies at the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. A few nice walleye were also caught in Sodus Bay between the islands on the north side. Remember pike need to be 22 inches and you can keep three fish. Also you can keep three walleye at 18 inches or bigger. Those are Great Lakes regulations… which cover Wayne County waters. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. Bass season starts June 16 in all Wayne County waters. Great bass locations are Sodus, Port, and Blind Sodus Bays and the Erie Canal. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Bullhead fishing has gotten better on Irondequiot Bay and you can target the northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SALMON RIVER: Now that we are in June action on the river is slowing. An occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action (catch and release), there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead. A few smallmouth bass are being taken, but remember it's catch and release, artificial lures only for the bass for another week. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape and walleye, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes.  Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

 

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JUNE 2018

9 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Tifft Farms, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, New York  (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

9 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

9 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

9 – Community Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you ever wanted to try a kayak or canoe out for the first time? Curious to see what Sugar Creek is all about? Interested in learning more about the FLM&A? Stop down for our Community Paddle Day to speak with staff and volunteers while enjoying some time out on the water! Kayaks, canoes, oars, and life jackets for children and adults are available to use at the museum. Or bring your own! (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

9 – Great Lakes Experience at Memorial Park, Dunkirk, NY (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)

9 - 21st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to adk-gvc.org/expo)

9 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00–2:00 pm – Kid’s Fishing Event FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day; FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!; FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day; FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last; FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last; Selecting the proper rod and reel setup. 2:00-3:00pm Fishing Seminar - Seasonal Strategies: How To Fish In Every Season. 3:00-4:00 PM - Fishing Seminar – How To Fish Jigs - The Most Versatile Fishing Lure. (For information call 716-608-4770)

9-17 - 34th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. Cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. On-line application at www.southtownswalleye.org. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. (For information call  Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372).

10 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Kayak Fishing: how to set up your kayak for fishing success.  2:00-3:00 pm - Fishing Checklist: what you need to fish local waters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 – Start of Registration for September 7-9 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop in Cortland, NY. This is a program designed to teach outdoor skills to women ages 18 and older. More than 40 different courses will be offered including shooting, hunting, fishing, archery, camping, kayaking and map and compass. The registration fee for this workshop is $370 per person. That includes two nights double occupancy lodging, seven meals (lunch Friday through lunch Sunday), almost all equipment needed for the classes, transportation to off-site class locations and class materials. There will be an additional fee if you are planning on taking the Aerial Challenge or Taxidermy classes. Registration is by lottery again this year. All envelopes postmarked by June 28th will be entered in the lottery, and those selected will be registered for the workshop. (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov or visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and sign up for e-mail notifications.)

15 - Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

15 - Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass

15 – Start of Frog Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) (>9/30)

16 - Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)

16 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/19)

16 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

16 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

16 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

16 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

16 - FREE Fishing Seminars at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Electronics: how to set up your boat for fishing success. 1:00-4:00 pm – Kids’ Fishing Event - FREE Catch & Release Pond, FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day, FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!, FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day, FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last, FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last. 2:00-3:00 pm - Take Kids Fishing; how, where, and what you need. (For information call 716-608-4770) 

16 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

17 - Fishing Seminars: Selecting The Proper Rod And Reel Setup at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (1:00 – 2:00 pm) (For information call 716-608-4770) 

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*TIP: BE COURTEOUS AT BOAT RAMPS: Boaters are reminded to exercise patience and plan accordingly when heading to a lake or river this summer. Officials receive a number of complaints every year about overly aggressive behavior at boat ramps. A few simple reminders will help ensure a fluent transition when launching and loading a boat.

Launching: 

·         Don't pull onto the ramp until your boat is ready to launch. 

·         Prepare for launching in the parking area. Remove covers, load equipment, remove tie downs, attach lines and put in drain plug, before backing onto the ramp.

·         When ready, pull into line to launch. Wait your turn. Be courteous. 

·         It takes at least two people to efficiently and courteously launch a boat: one to handle the boat and one to take care of the tow vehicle. 

Loading: 

·         Don't block the loading area with your boat until your tow vehicle is ready to load. Wait until you are clear of the launch area to unload gear. 

·         As soon as your trailer is in the water, load and secure your boat to the trailer.

·         Remove boat and trailer from the water as quickly as possible.  

·         Get clear of the ramp. Pull into the parking area to finish securing your boat, unloading gear, draining all water and inspecting for and removing any vegetation. Remember to leave plugs out when transporting boat.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Best walleye action remains at night, where trollers focus on spawning shoals in 8-15 feet of water. In areas where walleye are more heavily congregated, there will likely be a pack of boats to deal with. Anglers also have good chances to catch walleye away from the pack by trolling medium to large stickbaits at around 2 mph. During the day, anglers are picking up walleye in deeper areas of 20-35 feet of water off of spawning shoals. Bottom bouncing with worm harnesses works well. Yellow perch catches have been good for anglers who find and stay on a school. Some full buckets of perch have come from waters off Cattaraugus Creek in 50-57 feet of water, off Evangola in 56-60 feet of water and some have shown off Hamburg in around 40 feet of water. Live emerald shiners can't be beat. Emeralds are showing a little better in the typical dipping spots along the upper Niagara River, harbors and Lake Erie tributaries, but be prepared to work for them.

The harbors at Barcelona, Dunkirk and Buffalo are currently hot spots for smallmouth bass. A recent DEC electrofishing survey along the inner and outer breakwalls and shorelines in Buffalo Harbor showed lots of smallmouth bass all over. There were also decent numbers of northern pike along the outside of Buffalo Harbor State Park breakwall (especially at the southwest corner). Decent numbers of walleye were observed on the lake side of the outer breakwall gaps at night.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is prime time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off Unity Island. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Remember, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only in the Niagara River north of the Peace Bridge, until regular season opens on third Saturday of June.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river trout and bass action continues to be good for boaters. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent.  to take steelhead or lake trout. Lakers up to 17 pounds were reported this past week. Bass are hitting swimbaits and tubes. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for trout and bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. The NYPA fishing platform reopened last month and is now open from dawn until dusk. 

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: When weather has permitted, nearshore trollers have enjoyed good brown trout fishing inside 30 feet of water. Coho salmon catches have also been ramping up in the nearshore zone. Working small to medium sized stickbaits in and out of the mudline is one approach, using planer boards. Keep your lures 75 to 125 feet back. Hot baits have been Fire Tiger Rapalas, Junior Challengers and MagLips in 2.5 sizes, all bright colors Chartreuse and orange have been good colors lately. And if you aren’t getting hits, try bumping your speed up to 2.6 – 2.8 mph. Key on areas near stream/harbor mouths, in murky waters or in areas with a slightly higher temperature. Lures run directly behind the boat get less trout attention. A mix of trout and salmon are available in 30-100 feet of water. Get your spoons or spin doctors and flies down 55 to 65 feet of water with your riggers and divers. Green and gold were hot colors, but it all depends on the day.Charter boats are starting to pick up the king salmon at 60 – 100 feet. Watch out for floating debris. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon. On a side note: the recent winner of the LOC Spring Derby was Daniel Manti, of Cortland. He caught a 28-pound, 10-ounce Chinook salmon in 60 feet of water off the coast of Oswego. 

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers reported a few steelhead in many of the Lake Ontario tributaries. Fishing pressure has been real light. The medium to large sized streams are good options for the weekend. Anglers had been catching brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are working to trick a steelhead or brown. A variety of flies and nymph patterns will also produce a trout or two, as will some streamer patterns. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. Bullhead are showing at Wilson Harbor, low end of Twelvemile Creek and Oak Orchard Creek. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: From dusk until dawn, the shallows in 3-10 feet of water have been walleye hotspots. Areas along emerging weed beds have been especially good. Casting stickbaits, or trolling with worm harnesses and stickbaits has been productive. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. The shallows are also a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks. As a reminder, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until 3rd Saturday in June. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge season kicks off tonight at midnight. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The yellow perch on Chautauqua Lake have started biting again and the females have dropped their eggs, so the spawn should be about done. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Area trout streams are in prime shape with good flows and increasing bug activity. Look for hatches of hendricksons, caddisflies and March browns, with better surface action later in the day.  Sub-surface nymphs and buggers are a better bet most of the day. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons have started but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway and reports have some nice pike (27 – 29 inches) being caught. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Reports indicate some bluegills, pickerel and bass are being caught but no details. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Try kayak fishing for bass and lake trout. A recommended tactic is use a 10 foot fly rod and sinking line along with smelt pattern streamers, usually with a little weight about 7 feet up the leader.  The key is to take a paddle stroke and glide, then another stroke, etc.  Strikes usually occur when the fly starts to move after the glide. Choppy water is way better than calm. Best tip is: upon getting a strike, take 2 or 3 strong paddle strokes to drive in the hook and keep a tight line while you pause to get the rod out of the holder.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is underway but no reports on the action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is very clear now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Remember it’s now catch and released. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Musky season is open – good luck. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead and panfish. Also, pike and pickerel seasons are open but no reports on action. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Also on open water – perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: The Seneca Lake Trout Derby is this weekend so be prepared for heavy boat traffic on the lake. A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Rainbow fishing has been fair in the tributaries. Watch for floating debris. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 120 – 155 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  Keep an eye out for debris when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: There are some reports of a good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Rainbow fishing is fair in the tribs. Try egg sacs. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows at about 20 feet.

Skaneateles town officials plan to start charging out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees, which were adopted in March by the Skaneateles town board, go into effect this weekend. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is slow but should get better as waters warm. Try trolling in 170 foot of water along the west side of the lake. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some northern action is also found at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels. On the Finger Lakes tribs, some trout are still in the streams but may be hard to catch if the water is muddy. Midday is usually better, when the weather is colder, as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. Finger Lakes tributary fishing began on April 1st and there are special regulations that apply so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. Some other waters where trout anglers are plying their skills are Cayuta Creek in Chemung and Schuyler counties; the Canisteo River in Steuben County; and Eldridge Lake and Park Station in Chemung County. All were scheduled to receive fish, while upcoming stockings were set for the Tioga County stretch of Cayuta Creek and Owego Creek (including its East Branch) in Tioga County. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are starting to pickup bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SANDY POND: Northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the northern pike. For walleye, also try stickbaits along with jigs, and crankbaits. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: No specific reports available. Fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action is continuing on Oneida Lake. Anglers are fishing in 10-15 feet of water early in the day and moving out to the 20-35 foot depths as the day goes on. Blade baits and jigs have been working. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. For anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season, try the 5 to 10 foot levels with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with 5mm tungsten in chartreuse glow tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. The walleye run has started at the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for viewing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 6 to 30 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. The spring king bite is still on with some of the cleanest looking salmon being caught in years. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 80 to 100 feet- straight-out- east or west. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. The fish are really slamming lead line back 200 to 300 feet. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon. If you go out in the next week or two be prepared for completion, the LOC Derby starts tomorrow and runs through the 20th.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

On a side note: the recent winner of the LOC Spring Derby was Daniel Manti, of Cortland. He caught a 28-pound, 10-ounce Chinook salmon in 60 feet of water off the coast of Oswego. 

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: A steelhead or two may still be hitting in Maxwell Creek. They are hitting egg sacs and bright colored beads. Use anything that’s bright. The water levels are excellent at this time. Hughes’ Marina is another place to try and catch some hold-over browns. Currently you can cast Cleos off the Sodus Pier if wind conditions cooperate. If there is no wind you may catch steelies in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been excellent with the pike bite continuing to be good on Sodus – fishing between the islands, using pike minnows or casting large red spoons. A nice 38-inch pike was caught over the past weekend. The perch are in Sodus Bay on the northwest section. The bullheads are hitting at the Bay Bridge, the south end of Sodus Bay. There is a good bite of perch at the north end and catch of crappies at the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. They are also catching some perch from the north barrier bar shoreline. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. A few nice walleye were also caught in Sodus Bay between the islands on the north side. Remember pike need to be 22 inches and you can keep three fish. Also you can keep three walleye at 18 inches or bigger. Those are Great Lakes regulations… which cover Wayne County waters. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The canal is the only body of water that is not affected by the wind. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. The whole Canal is on schedule to be filled May 18th. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. They also offer an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you wish the brochure.  (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are now legal and are good possibilities. Bullhead fishing has gotten better on Irondequiot Bay and look for northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows. Also, anglers can still try for trout off the piers at the mouth of the Genesee. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SALMON RIVER: Now that we are almost to June action on the river is slowing. An occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. Anglers have had the most success swinging black and olive woolly buggers in the faster water. Covering lots of water has also been the key to producing the best results. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action (catch and release), we have good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributarie. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: The flow is good for boat fishing and makes more areas along the river accessible for shore fishing. Some steelhead are active in the river. Look for walleye in the river with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead. A few smallmouth bass are being taken, but remember it's catch and release, artificial lures only for the bass. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape and walleye, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes.  With the warmer weather bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

Spring Trout Stocking: DEC Hatchery staff have been busy stocking area. Thousands of yearling brown, brook and rainbow trout have been stocked in the region's streams, lakes and ponds. In, addition, many of the popular trout waters will also receive stockings of two-year-old brown trout that are between 12-15 inches long. For County lists of stocked waters and numbers of trout to be stocked, see the Spring Trout Stocking 2018 page.

 

 

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

MAY 2018

26 - Start of Statewide Muskellunge Fishing Season (>11/30)

26 - FREE Kids' Activities at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 4:00 pm) Catch-And-Release Pond; Photo download with color-me photo overlay; Kids' craft - Decorate a wood turtle; Kids' Workshop at 1:30PM - Learn the how, the where, and the fun of nature discovery close to home. The day also includes: Free BBQ Sampling (Award-winning teams showcase their Pitmaster culinary expertise. Samples may vary. While supplies last.) and FREE Flossie’s Funnel Cake Samples (1:00 – 4:00 pm) (Samples while supplies last.) (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

26 - Treefrogs and Peepers! at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (8:00 – 10:00 pm) Treefrogs and spring peepers are perhaps the most elusive frogs ever. However, evenings in late May can be the perfect times to observe them at Philips Pond - especially if there’s a little rain. Join us for a night hike to the  pond to enjoy the treefrog-peeper chorus and try to spot a few of these fascinating frogs. For ages 5 and up. This will be a night hike that includes one steep trail, bring a flashlight. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

26-28 – 54th Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6:00 am Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information call 315-789-5520.

30-7/29 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

 

JUNE 2018

1-2 - The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament. You can check out www.lakeontarioproam.net for details on the Pro-Am.

2 – 17th Annual Fishing Derby at Perinton Park, 99 O’Connor Road, Fairport, NY (9:00 – 11:00 am) Boys and girls, grab a fishing pole, bring your favorite bait, and join us in Perinton Park for a fishing derby! This 'kids only' catch and release tournament will feature fishing, prize giveaways, and food for participants. Ask asn adult to accompany you for a 'reely' fun morning of fishing. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. (Cost: $8.00)

2 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the East Aurora Fish & Game Club, 1018 Luther Road, East Aurora, NY (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus  716-597—4081)

2 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N Main Street, Canastota, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

2 - Annual Take-A-Kid Fishing at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, One Mullett Street (1.5 miles west of Route 60), Dunkirk, NY (8:00 am – Noon) First time attendees will receive their own rod & reel outfit which they keep. Veterans to this event will receive a grab bag of tackle. All youths will receive a T-shirt. There will be activities and food. All youths must be accompanied by a parent or adult. (Cost: $10.00) (For information call 716-366-1772.)

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TIP: RING THE DINNER BELL FOR BIG FISH: Big fish—such as bass, tiger musky, or pike—will eat rats, mice, lizards, moles, shrews, chipmunks, young rabbits, baby squirrels, baby birds,

and other small animals that sometimes fall from a bank, tree, or brush pile. Their struggles in the water are like ringing the dinner bell. Around boathouses, wharfs, pilings, docks, piers, ridges, and rock cliffs are other ideal places where an animal’s slip might make a big fish’s

meal. Even animals that are used to the water, like baby ducks paddling around, are sometimes eaten by big fish. Use baits that imitate the struggling of these animals in the water as much as possible, even if you have to make your own, and use them like you would any topwater bait.

Baby snakes skimming across the water are also favorite meals for big fish, so try using big floating plastic worms. Big fish also like frogs, so don’t forget to get out the frog baits before trying to capture those huge fish.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award winning Outdoor World Radio. For more tips go to

basspro.com.)

 

TIP #2: SEASON NOTICE: May 5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

 

LAKE ERIE: Most Lake Erie boat launches are now open for the season. There may still be some dredging occurring at Sturgeon Point Marina, so best to call ahead. Walleye season is off to a pretty good start at Van Buren Bay/Reef, where anglers are catching good numbers of walleye at night, including some limits. It has been slower, but anglers are also catching some walleye at other popular night sites. Nearshore water temperature is nearing 50 degrees, so the bite is expected to improve. Traditionally productive night sites include Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hamburg and near the mouth of Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits at around 2 mph over rocky areas in 8-15 feet of water is a typical program. Only limited numbers of anglers are targeting walleye during the day and results are unknown. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss. Searching around with good electronics improves catch odds. Fifty-five feet of water off Cattaraugus Creek is a good place to start. Limited numbers of emerald shiners have shown at times for dippers in Canadaway Creek, Buffalo River and upper Niagara River at foot of Sheridan Drive and Black Rock Canal Park. Using light action spinning rods with a split shot or two and a double hook, and emerald shiners, cast off the boat and slowly bring the minnow back to the boat. The boat spooks the perch away but by casting out you can reach the perch schooling up to prepare to spawn in the warmer shallow water. For bass try using golden shiners or ½-ounce tubes in white, goby and watermelon. The presentation should be slow and on the bottom.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS Steelhead fishing still is going strong in Cattaraugus Creek where anglers are catching good numbers on Seneca Lands and below Route 5&20 bridge. There are a good number of suckers also in and the steelhead that are dropping back have plenty to feed on. Sucker eggs, steelhead eggs and aquatic insects provide good amounts of food. Look for spawning suckers or steelhead and then look for drop backs feeding on eggs below them. Small yellow or orange death roe or steelhead stalker soft plastic beads have been the tickets. If the bead bite is slow, thread on a pink or white worm up to the bead and it mimics a small lamprey sucking on an egg – a trigger for steelhead. Marabou jigs have been very effective in black, olive and white in the lower ends of the tributaries for the immature springers and for drop backs. There are a few steelhead hanging around the medium-sized streams, but the run is done on the small streams. All tributaries are now fishing well for incoming smallmouth bass. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. It is recommended that anglers avoid actively spawning fish on creeks that support natural reproduction, such as Chautauqua Creek, Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries. Steelhead smolts have recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. Anglers have reported the occasional smallmouth bass hook-up in the tributaries. Bass numbers are set to jump with warming water temperatures. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for rainbow trout off Unity Island and along Bird Island Pier. Casting spoons and spinners should work, as will egg sacs or egg imitations. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sacs, shiners or flatfish lures also works well for boaters. The upper rapids area is usually a good spot, just before the whitewater starts. River waters are murky but fishable. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Remember, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only in the Niagara River north of the Peace Bridge, until regular season opens on third Saturday of June.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Steelhead fishing on the lower river has been excellent lately. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Try running some lighter line, longer leads, smaller hooks and smaller baits for the steelhead. Silver and green or chartreuse, silver and pink and silver and white have been successful color combinations. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. The NYPA fishing platform reopened last month and is now open from dawn until dusk. 

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: When weather has permitted, nearshore trollers have enjoyed great brown trout fishing inside 30 feet of water. Coho salmon catches have also been ramping up in the nearshore zone. Working small to medium sized stickbaits in and out of the mudline is one approach, using planer boards. Keep your lures 75 to 125 feet back. Hot baits have been Fire Tiger Rapalas, Junior Challengers and MagLips in 2.5 sizes, all bright colors Chartreuse and orange have been good colors lately. And if you aren’t getting hits, try bumping your speed up to 2.6 – 2.8 mph. Key on areas near stream/harbor mouths, in murky waters or in areas with a slightly higher temperature. Lures run directly behind the boat get less trout attention. A mix of trout and salmon are available in 30-100 feet of water. Get your spoons or spin doctors and flies down 55 to 65 feet of water with your riggers and divers. Green and gold were hot colors, but it all depends on the day.Charter boats are starting to pick up the king salmon at 60 – 100 feet. Watch out for floating debris. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon. The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby kicks off today and runs through May 20th, so be prepared for some crowds.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers reported a decent steelhead bite in many of the Lake Ontario tributaries when conditions have permitted. Fishing pressure has been real light. Some fresh fish have been reported. The medium to large sized streams are good options for the weekend. Anglers had been catching brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are working to trick a steelhead or brown. A variety of flies and nymph patterns will also produce a trout or two, as will some streamer patterns. From earlier warmer weather and higher flows, there was some spawning activity. Casting at pier sites is often productive for trout. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. Bullhead are showing at Wilson Harbor, low end of Twelvemile Creek and Oak Orchard Creek. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Good reports are coming in from all over - the crappie bite has exploded on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. The walleye bite has also been decent. Boaters can troll with stickbaits or worm harnesses, or drift and work jigs with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. During the evening, head for water 5 to 10 feet deep. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The yellow perch on Chautauqua Lake have started biting again and the females have dropped their eggs, so the spawn should be about done. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are in good shape, however some of the larger trout streams may be slightly high and stained from rain. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. With the high-water events in WNY, the fish have had a chance to move. Try walking away from stocking points for your best chance at big fish. There are hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies happening and fly anglers are starting to see some surface action on dry flies late in the day. Sub-surface nymphs and buggers are a better bet most of the day. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons have started but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons have started but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: No reports on current fishing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Try kayak fishing for smelt and lake trout. A recommended tactic is use a 10 foot fly rod and sinking line along with smelt pattern streamers, usually with a little weight about 7 feet up the leader.  The key is to take a paddle stroke and glide, then another stroke, etc.  Strikes usually occur when the fly starts to move after the glide. Choppy water is way better than calm. Best tip is: upon getting a strike, take 2 or 3 strong paddle strokes to drive in the hook and keep a tight line while you pause to get the rod out of the holder.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is underway but no reports on the action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is very clear now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Remember it’s now catch and released. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead and panfish. Also, pike and pickerel seasons are open but no reports on action. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Also on open water – perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Rainbow fishing has been fair in the tributaries. Watch for floating debris. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 120 – 155 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water approaching 40 degrees. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  One angler, out of Long Point, reported an unusual catch – an estimated 40 – 50 pound, 41/2 – 5 foot long sturgeon. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries. For the bird watcher – a good number of loons were being seen at the south end. Keep an eye out for debris when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: There are some reports of a good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Rainbow fishing is fair in the tribs. Try egg sacs. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows at about 20 feet.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is a good option now and will only get better as waters warm. Try trolling in 170 foot of water along the west side of the lake. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing is fair in the tributaries. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. No word on smelt runs. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: Walleye and tiger musky season are open. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels. On the Finger Lakes tribs, some trout are still in the streams but may be hard to catch if the water is muddy. Midday is usually better, when the weather is colder, as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. Finger Lakes tributary fishing began on April 1st and there are special regulations that apply so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. Some other waters where trout anglers are plying their skills are Cayuta Creek in Chemung and Schuyler counties; the Canisteo River in Steuben County; and Eldridge Lake and Park Station in Chemung County. All were scheduled to receive fish, while upcoming stockings were set for the Tioga County stretch of Cayuta Creek and Owego Creek (including its East Branch) in Tioga County. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye season is open but the catch rate is unknown but probably slow, because the water temperature is still cold. Good baits, once things heat up, are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are starting to pickup bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well.

 (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SANDY POND: Northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the northern pike. For walleye, also try stickbaits along with jigs, and crankbaits. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: No specific reports available. Fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye season has started off with a bang and anglers have been getting them in 10 to 35 foot of water. Shallow water seems to be better at the moment around stream or river mouths, or around shallow shoals. Try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. For anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season, try 5 to 10 foot of water with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with 5mm tungsten in chartreuse glow tipped with mousie grubs. The Lock 23 area is reported as hot and Toad Harbor is improving using soft plastics.  Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. The walleye run has started at the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for viewing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Weather is improving permitting boaters to work the Lake Ontario shoreline for brown trout. Trolling near shore over depths of 6 to 30 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. There have been a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout, coho and chinook salmon also caught by anglers targeting the brown trout. It is best to seek out slightly warmer and murky (but not muddy) waters off creek mouths. Be on the water early because when the sun gets higher the browns swim for cover. Some spring Chinooks are being taken in slightly deeper water and lake trout are being found in 100 foot of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon. If you go out in the next week or two be prepared for completion, the LOC Derby starts tomorrow and runs through the 20th.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: A steelhead or two may still be hitting in Maxwell Creek. They are hitting egg sacs and bright colored beads. Use anything that’s bright. The water levels are excellent at this time. Hughes’ Marina is another place to try and catch some hold-over browns. Currently you can cast Cleos off the Sodus Pier if wind conditions cooperate. If there is no ice/wind you can catch steelies in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been excellent with the perch bite continuing to be good. The perch are in Sodus Bay on the northwest section. The bullheads are hitting at the Bay Bridge, the south end of Sodus Bay. There is a good bite of perch at the north end and catch of crappies at the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. They are also catching some perch from the north barrier bar shoreline. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. The pike and walleye seasons have started. A few nice walleye were caught in Sodus Bay between the islands on the north side. Pike fishing, too, has been productive at the north end of Sodus. You can use live bait or cast bright red spoons. Remember pike need to be 22 inches and you can keep three fish. Also you can keep three walleye at 18 inches or bigger. Those are Great Lakes regulations… which cover Wayne County waters. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The canal is the only body of water that is not affected by the wind. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. The whole Canal is on schedule to be filled May 18th. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. They also offer an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you wish the brochure.  (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are now legal (as of Saturday) and are good possibilities. Also, anglers can still try for trout off the piers at the mouth of the Genesee. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SALMON RIVER: Now that we are a week into May, anglers have plenty of angling opportunities. Steelhead are still in the river and the few anglers who are around have been catching fish. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with squirmy worms and egg patterns or swinging black and olive woolly buggers. The anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have had the most success with blue egg sacs or pink worms. Pike and walleye are now open and with the water level coming down and the water temperature warming up, it won’t be long before the smallmouth bass start entering the lower end of the river as well. On the bass rememberit’s catch & release/artificial only.  Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone reopened April 1. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributarie. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: The flow is good for boat fishing and makes more areas along the river accessible for shore fishing. Some steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river. Look for walleye in the river with large stickbaits. A few smallmouth bass are also being taken, but remember it's catch and release, artificial lures only for the bass. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape and walleye, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes.  With the warmer weather bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

Spring Trout Stocking: DEC Hatchery staff have been busy stocking area. Thousands of yearling brown, brook and rainbow trout have been stocked in the region's streams, lakes and ponds. In, addition, many of the popular trout waters will also receive stockings of two-year-old brown trout that are between 12-15 inches long. For County lists of stocked waters and numbers of trout to be stocked, see the Spring Trout Stocking 2018 page.

The following waters have been stocked:

Allegany County: Dodge Creek (Clarksville), Clarksville Town Pond (Clarksville), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar), Genesee River (Wellsville, Amity), Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), Black Creek (West Almond), Canaseraga Creek (Burns), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Hunt Creek (Alma), Root Creek (Bolivar), Canacadea Creek (Almond, Alfred), Caneadea Creek (Rushford), Belmont Rod & Gun Club Pond (West Almond), Vandermark Creek (Scio, Ward), Chenunda Creek (Willing).

Cattaraugus County: Forks Creek (Great Valley), Great Valley Creek (Great Valley, Ellicottville), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), S. Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), Bone Run (South Valley), Guernsey Run (South Valley), N. Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), County Ponds A & B (Randolph), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Bay State Brook (Red House), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House), Harwood Lake (Farmersville), Case Lake (Franklinville), Quaker Lake (Cold Spring), Elton Creek (Freedom), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), Rice Brook (Carrollton), Birch Run Pond #1 (Allegany), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Perrysburg Conservation Club Pond (Dayton), Crandall Pond (Ashford), Maples Club Pond (Otto).

Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (Harmony, North Harmony). Clay Pond (Poland), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), W. Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Mill Creek (Gerry).

Erie County: Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), E. Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster, Marilla), Eighteenmile Creek (Boston Town Park), Cayuga Creek (Lancaster), Sprague Brook County Park Ponds (Concord), Clarence Main Park Pond (Clarence), Ellicott Creek (Amherst).

Niagara County: Oppenheim Park Pond (Wheatfield), Hyde Park Lake (Niagara Falls), Gill Creek (Niagara Falls).

Wyoming County: Buffalo Creek (Java), Beaver Meadow Creek (Java), Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), Little Tonawanda Creek (Middlebury), Tonawanda Creek (Orangeville), East Koy Creek (Gainesville), Oatka Creek (Warsaw), Perry Park Pond (Perry), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls).

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Wyncoop Creek, Cayuta Creek, Newton Creek, Sing Sing Creek and Post Creek.

Genesee County: Spring Brook (Byron), Dewitt Pond (Batavia), Oatka Creek (Le Roy).

Monroe County: Oatka Creek (Wheatland).

Ontario County: Canandaigua Outlet (Phelps, Manchester).

Livingston County: Sugar Creek (Ossian) and Newville Creek (Nunda).

Schuyler County - Cayuta Creek.

Steuben County: Post Creek (Hornby), Cohocton River (Cohocton, Avoca), Meads Creek (Campbell), Canaseraga Creek (Dansville), Canisteo River (Hornellsville), Bennett Creek (Greenwood).

Yates County: Keuka Lake Outlet (Milo, Torry).

Broome County - Oquaga Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, East Branch Nanticoke Creek, and Nanticoke Creek.

Cayuga County - North Brook and Fall Creek.

Cortland County - Durkee Park Pond, Merril Creek, East Br. Tioughnioga River, West Br. Tioughnioga River, and the Otselic River.

Onondaga County - is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and a stocking list can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com. As of April 8th the following waters had been stocked: Butternut Creek, Carpenter's Brook, Fabius Brook, Furnace Brook, Geddes Brook, Green Lake, Limestone Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Pools Brook, Skaneateles Creek, and Spafford Brook.

Oswego County - Black Creek, Rice Creek and West Br. of Fish Creek.

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek, Cayuta Creek, West Branch Owego Creek, Owego Creek and the East Branch of Owego Creek.

Tompkins County - Salmon Creek and Fall Creek.

 

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

MAY 2018

5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

5 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/19)

11-20 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2018. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

12 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email
mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

15 - Start of Bowfishing for Carp Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) Water must be legal for fishing and discharge of a bow. (>9/30)

17 - Frog Call Field Trip at the Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY. (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join amphibian enthusiasts Holly Fischer and Tami Attwell as they present on the Western New York frog program. This program will take place only if it is a calm, clear evening. Please call the office to check for an update if the weather is questionable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, then we have a backup date for Thursday, May 31st with the same start time and location. This activity is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so be sure to register by 4pm, Wednesday May 16th, 2018. (For information/register call 716-933-0187)

19 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

19 - Genesee Charter Boat Association 1st Annual FREE Kid Derby at the Summerville Breakwall, Club Terrace, Rochester NY (7:00 – 10:00 am) All kids and their parents are invited to come and fish. You will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! For information you will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! (For information email Captain Larry Hammond at captlarry@bullseyecharter.com)

19 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 11:00 am - Kayaking: From family fun to the tournament trail-choose the kayak that fits the fun; 2:30 pm - Paddle Sports Accessories: Life jackets, dry bags, and more for your next adventure and 3:30 pm -? Table Top Grilling: From campsites to tailgates, best results anywhere you grill. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:30 pm - Fryers: Fryer function from fish to French fires and 3:00 pm - Dutch Ovens and Camp Cookware Basics: Campsite cooking with Dutch ovens and camp cookware. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus  716-597—4081)

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*TIP: WALLEYE FISHING:  Fishing methods will vary depending on the type of water you're fishing and the bait or lure being used, but a few things to keep in mind when after walleye are:

*Walleye tend to feed more actively under low light periods, such as just before and after sunset. Because of this, these low light periods are popular times for anglers to fish for walleye.

*Walleye are generally found within a foot or two of the bottom. There are exceptions to this, such as when walleye are feeding on alewives and suspend off bottom. But fishing near bottom is usually a good starting point.

*Unlike fishermen, walleye don't read the "how-to" books and are often found in some unusual locations at unusual times. It often pays to "think out of the box" when traditional methods or locations don't produce.        

 

*TIP #2: SEASON NOTICE: May 5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

 

*LAKE ERIE: Most Lake Erie boat launches are now open for the season. There may still be some dredging occurring at Sturgeon Point Marina, so best to call ahead. Prior to this week's rough conditions, anglers were targeting yellow perch between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 50-60 feet of water. Perch catches have been modest at best so far. Using light action spinning rods with a split shot or two and a double hook, and emerald shiners, cast off the boat and slowly bring the minnow back to the boat. The boat spooks the perch away but by casting out you can reach the perch schooling up to prepare to spawn in the warmer shallow water. Walleye season kicks off tomorrow at 12:01 AM, but may be off to a slow start due to cooler-than-normal water temperatures. The nearshore shoals/shallows are typically productive when the season opens, with better action at night. Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hamburg and near the mouth of Smokes Creek are good spots to try. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits at around 2 mph over rocky areas in 6-15 feet of water is a typical program. With cool lake and harbor temperatures, there has been no sign of smallmouth bass influx into harbors yet. That could pick up any day.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS Steelhead numbers were dwindling on the smallest streams, while catches remained decent to good on streams like Chautauqua, Eighteenmile and Buffalo Creeks. Cattaraugus Creek was back in fishable shape at the start of the week and provided a few days of excellent fishing, with some anglers reporting double digit catches! Last night's rain gave the small to medium streams a needed bump in flow, but has muddied Cattaraugus Creek waters. There are a good number of suckers also in and the steelhead that are dropping back have plenty to feed on. Sucker eggs, steelhead eggs and aquatic insects provide good amounts of food. Look for spawning suckers or steelhead and then look for drop backs feeding on eggs below them. Small yellow or orange death roe or steelhead stalker soft plastic beads have been the tickets. If the bead bite is slow, thread on a pink or white worm up to the bead and it mimics a small lamprey sucking on an egg – a trigger for steelhead. Marabou jigs have been very effective in black, olive and white in the lower ends of the tributaries for the immature springers and for drop backs. The Buffalo River has had slow but steady action in the lower end for the immature chromers. It is recommended that anglers avoid actively spawning fish on creeks that support natural reproduction, such as Chautauqua Creek, Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries. Steelhead smolts have recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. Anglers have reported the occasional smallmouth bass hook-up in the tributaries. Bass numbers are set to jump with warming water temperatures. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for rainbow trout off Unity Island and along Bird Island Pier. Casting spoons and spinners should work, as will egg sacs or egg imitations. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sacs, shiners or flatfish lures also works well for boaters. The upper rapids area is usually a good spot, just before the whitewater starts. River waters are murky but fishable. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Remember, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only in the Niagara River north of the Peace Bridge, until regular season opens on third Saturday of June. There have been some dippers targeting smelt, but very few smelt have been caught so far. Water needs to warm up just a few more degrees to hit the optimal smelt dipping temperatures of 39-40 degrees.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Steelhead fishing on the lower river has been excellent lately, with plenty of double digit catches. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Steelhead dominate the daily catch, but brown trout, lake trout and even an occasional walleye will also show up. (The walleye become legal tomorrow.) Try running some lighter line, longer leads, smaller hooks and smaller baits for the steelhead. Silver and green or chartreuse, silver and pink and silver and white have been successful color combinations. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! There has been some reports of a few smelt being taken, but most of the reports are showing very limited numbers if any at all. Water temps were around 37-38 degrees, so it won’t be long. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf. The NYPA fishing platform reopened last month and is now open from dawn until dusk. 

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: When weather has permitted, nearshore trollers have enjoyed great brown trout fishing inside 30 feet of water. Coho salmon catches have also been ramping up in the nearshore zone. Working small to medium sized stickbaits in and out of the mudline is one approach, using planer boards. Keep your lures 75 to 125 feet back. Hot baits have been Fire Tiger Rapalas, Junior Challengers and MagLips in 2.5 sizes, all bright colors Chartreuse and orange have been good colors lately. And if you aren’t getting hits, try bumping your speed up to 2.6 – 2.8 mph. Key on areas near stream/harbor mouths, in murky waters or in areas with a slightly higher temperature. Lures run directly behind the boat get less trout attention. A mix of trout and salmon are available in 30-100 feet of water. Charter boats are starting to pick up the occasional king salmon. Watch out for floating debris. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers reported a decent steelhead bite in many of the Lake Ontario tributaries when conditions have permitted. Fishing pressure has been real light. Some fresh fish have been reported. The small to medium sized freestone streams are good options for the weekend. Eighteenmile is running a little high and stained, but is fishable. Oak Orchard Creek is also high with a slight stain and about 2 feet of visibility. Anglers had been catching brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are working to trick a steelhead or brown. A variety of flies and nymph patterns will also produce a trout or two, as will some streamer patterns. From earlier warmer weather and higher flows, there was some spawning activity. That may be stalled some now but fish may still be in fast water areas with greater concentrations of fish more upstream then down. The Olcott and Wilson Harbors have the launch docks in place. Spring casting at pier sites is often productive for trout. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. Bullhead are showing at Wilson Harbor, low end of Twelvemile Creek and Oak Orchard Creek. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye season opens tomorrow and Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. Targeting walleye in shallower areas near weedlines at night is a productive early season tactic. Boaters can troll with stickbaits or worm harnesses, or drift and work jigs with nightcrawlers. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Crappie fishing has been relatively slow for most anglers, with a few good hauls mixed in. That could very well change with warmer temperatures finally arriving. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. The yellow perch on Chautauqua Lake have started biting again and the females have dropped their eggs, so the spawn should be about done. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are in good shape, however some of the larger trout streams may be slightly high and stained from rain. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. With the high-water events in WNY, the fish have had a chance to move. Try walking away from stocking points for your best chance at big fish. There are hatches of stoneflies, BWO and hendricksons happening and fly anglers are starting to see some surface action on dry flies late in the day. Sub-surface nymphs and buggers are a better bet most of the day. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons start tomorrow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons have started (as of tomorrow). Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish.

 (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: No reports on current fishing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Try kayak fishing for smelt and lake trout. A recommended tactic is use a 10 foot fly rod and sinking line along with smelt pattern streamers, usually with a little weight about 7 feet up the leader.  The key is to take a paddle stroke and glide, then another stroke, etc.  Strikes usually occur when the fly starts to move after the glide. Choppy water is way better than calm. Best tip is: upon getting a strike, take 2 or 3 strong paddle strokes to drive in the hook and keep a tight line while you pause to get the rod out of the holder.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is underway (as of tomorrow). Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is very clear now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Remember it’s now catch and released. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead and panfish. Also, pike and pickerel seasons are open (as of tomorrow). Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Also on open water – perch in the Branchport arm. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 120 – 155 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water approaching 40 degrees. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  One angler, out of Long Point, reported an unusual catch – an estimated 40 – 50 pound, 41/2 – 5 foot long sturgeon. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. For the bird watcher – a good number of loons are being seen at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Tributary trout fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. Grout Brook at the southern end of the lake was one mentioned producing rainbows on egg sacs. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows at about 20 feet.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is a good option now and will only get better as waters warm. Try trolling in 170 foot of water along the west side of the lake. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. No word on smelt runs. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: Walleye and tiger musky season are open (as of tomorrow). Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels. On the Finger Lakes tribs, some trout are still in the streams but may be hard to catch if the water is muddy. Midday is usually better, when the weather is colder, as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. Finger Lakes tributary fishing began on April 1st and there are special regulations that apply so review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Rainbow fishing has been good in the tributaries as the cold spring has delayed spawning and kept fish in the streams longer. For the fly fisherman some hatches of midges and small mayflies are starting. Some other waters where trout anglers are plying their skills are Cayuta Creek in Chemung and Schuyler counties; the Canisteo River in Steuben County; and Eldridge Lake and Park Station in Chemung County. All were scheduled to receive fish, while upcoming stockings were set for the Tioga County stretch of Cayuta Creek and Owego Creek (including its East Branch) in Tioga County. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye season is open (as of Saturday) but the prospective catch rate is unknown but probably slow, because the water temperature is still cold. Good baits, once things heat up, are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are starting to pickup bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well.

 (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SANDY POND: Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Also, with pike and walleye seasons open (as of Saturday), action should be picking up. Try stickbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the northern pike. For walleye, also try stickbaits along with jigs, and crankbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: No specific reports available. Fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye season opens tomorrow and so does the 40th Annual Walleye Fishing Derby on the Lake  offering more than $9,000 in cash and prizes. The walleye should still be in shallow water around stream or river mouths, or around shallow shoals. Try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. For anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season, try 5 to 10 foot of water with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with 5mm tungsten in chartreuse glow tipped with mousie grubs. The Lock 23 area is reported as hot and Toad Harbor is improving using soft plastics.  Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. The walleye run has started at the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for viewing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Weather is improving permitting boaters to work the Lake Ontario shoreline for brown trout. Trolling near shore over depths of 6 to 30 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. There have been a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout, coho and chinook salmon also caught by anglers targeting the brown trout. It is best to seek out slightly warmer and murky (but not muddy) waters off creek mouths. Be on the water early because when the sun gets higher the browns swim for cover. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: A few steelhead are still hitting in Maxwell Creek. They are hitting egg sacs and bright colored beads. Use anything that’s bright. The water levels are excellent at this time. Hughes’ Marina is another place to try and catch some hold-over browns. Currently you can cast Cleos off the Sodus Pier if wind conditions cooperate. If there is no ice/wind you can catch steelies in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been excellent with the perch bite continuing to be great. The perch are in Sodus Bay on the northwest section near Arney’s Marina. The bullheads are hitting at the Bay Bridge, the south end of Sodus Bay. There was a good catch of crappies at the south end of Port Bay last week. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. You can also catch crappies at the launch site, casting out from the shore. They are also catching some perch from the north barrier bar shoreline. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. The pike and walleye seasons start tomorrow and remember pike need to be 22 inches and you can keep three fish also you can keep three walleye at 18 inches or bigger. Those are Great Lakes regulations… which cover Wayne County waters. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The canal is the only body of water that is not affected by the wind. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. The whole Canal is on schedule to be filled May 18th. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. They also offer an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you wish the brochure.  (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Look fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are now legal (as of Saturday) and are good possibilities. Also, anglers can still try for trout off the piers at the mouth of the Genesee. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SALMON RIVER: The few anglers on the River are catching dropback steelhead on egg sacs and egg-imitating flies, with the upper river producing the most action. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with squirmy worms and egg patterns or swinging black and olive woolly buggers. The anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have had the most success with blue egg sacs or pink worms. Anglers also reported having success at some of the smaller local tributaries. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone reopened April 1. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributarie. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

The draft Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan is currently available on DEC's website. DEC will accept comments until May 10, 2018. DEC also encourages the public to comment on the draft Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan, available on DEC's website.

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: The water flow has dropped over the last few days. This flow is good for boat fishing and makes more areas along the river accessible for shore fishing. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape and walleye, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

Spring Trout Stocking: DEC Hatchery staff have been busy stocking area. Thousands of yearling brown, brook and rainbow trout have been stocked in the region's streams, lakes and ponds. In, addition, many of the popular trout waters will also receive stockings of two-year-old brown trout that are between 12-15 inches long. For County lists of stocked waters and numbers of trout to be stocked, see the Spring Trout Stocking 2018 page.

The following waters have been stocked:

Allegany County: Dodge Creek (Clarksville), Clarksville Town Pond (Clarksville), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar), Genesee River (Wellsville, Amity), Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), Black Creek (West Almond), Canaseraga Creek (Burns), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Hunt Creek (Alma), Root Creek (Bolivar), Canacadea Creek (Almond, Alfred), Caneadea Creek (Rushford), Belmont Rod & Gun Club Pond (West Almond), Vandermark Creek (Scio, Ward), Chenunda Creek (Willing).

Cattaraugus County: Forks Creek (Great Valley), Great Valley Creek (Great Valley, Ellicottville), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), S. Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), Bone Run (South Valley), Guernsey Run (South Valley), N. Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), County Ponds A & B (Randolph), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Bay State Brook (Red House), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House), Harwood Lake (Farmersville), Case Lake (Franklinville), Quaker Lake (Cold Spring), Elton Creek (Freedom), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), Rice Brook (Carrollton), Birch Run Pond #1 (Allegany), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Perrysburg Conservation Club Pond (Dayton), Crandall Pond (Ashford), Maples Club Pond (Otto).

Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (Harmony, North Harmony). Clay Pond (Poland), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), W. Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Mill Creek (Gerry).

Erie County: Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), E. Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster, Marilla), Eighteenmile Creek (Boston Town Park), Cayuga Creek (Lancaster), Sprague Brook County Park Ponds (Concord), Clarence Main Park Pond (Clarence), Ellicott Creek (Amherst).

Niagara County: Oppenheim Park Pond (Wheatfield), Hyde Park Lake (Niagara Falls), Gill Creek (Niagara Falls).

Wyoming County: Buffalo Creek (Java), Beaver Meadow Creek (Java), Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), Little Tonawanda Creek (Middlebury), Tonawanda Creek (Orangeville), East Koy Creek (Gainesville), Oatka Creek (Warsaw), Perry Park Pond (Perry), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls).

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Wyncoop Creek, Cayuta Creek, Newton Creek, Sing Sing Creek and Post Creek.

Genesee County: Spring Brook (Byron), Dewitt Pond (Batavia), Oatka Creek (Le Roy).

Monroe County: Oatka Creek (Wheatland).

Ontario County: Canandaigua Outlet (Phelps, Manchester).

Livingston County: Sugar Creek (Ossian) and Newville Creek (Nunda).

Schuyler County - Cayuta Creek.

Steuben County: Post Creek (Hornby), Cohocton River (Cohocton, Avoca), Meads Creek (Campbell), Canaseraga Creek (Dansville), Canisteo River (Hornellsville), Bennett Creek (Greenwood).

Yates County: Keuka Lake Outlet (Milo, Torry).

Broome County - Oquaga Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, East Branch Nanticoke Creek, and Nanticoke Creek.

Cayuga County - North Brook and Fall Creek.

Cortland County - Durkee Park Pond, Merril Creek, East Br. Tioughnioga River, West Br. Tioughnioga River, and the Otselic River.

Onondaga County - is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and a stocking list can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com. As of April 8th the following waters had been stocked: Butternut Creek, Carpenter's Brook, Fabius Brook, Furnace Brook, Geddes Brook, Green Lake, Limestone Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Pools Brook, Skaneateles Creek, and Spafford Brook.

Oswego County - Black Creek, Rice Creek and West Br. of Fish Creek.

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek, Cayuta Creek, West Branch Owego Creek, Owego Creek and the East Branch of Owego Creek.

Tompkins County - Salmon Creek and Fall Creek.

 

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

MAY 2018

4 – End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County)

4 - End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal.

4 - Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival, at the Waterfront in Lewiston, N Y (near Niagara Falls). (5:00 pm) The highlight is the Friday night Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Live music. This event is free to the public. (For more info check out www.niagarariverregion.com)

5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

5 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/19)

5-6 - Oneida Lake Walleye Derby, sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club. For more info go to www.Lionswalleyederby.org.

8 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Redwood Hill Preserve Trailside Learning Center, 44379 Stine Road, Redwood, NY (1:00 - 4:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

9 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Fair Haven State Park, Sabin Hall, 14985 State Park Rd, Sterling, NY (10:00 am - 1:30 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382)

9 -13 - 2018 Wild Carp Classic – this event is sold out. Opening Ceremonies will be on May 9, 2018 with 50 teams registered. The winning team will be the one with the 10 largest carp over 50 pounds. The anglers will be fishing from spots along the river from the village of Baldwinsville down to Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake. (For information email: Paul - paul@carpfishingny.com or Ginny - ginny@carpfishingny.com)

11-20 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2018. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

12 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49), Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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TIP: STRATEGIES FOR CATCHING MORE BLUEGILL: Worms, crickets, and other live bait will always catch bluegill, but if you want to catch more bluegill, switch to jigs. Bug-like jigs are great

imitations, and tiny is better than big. Tiny jigs can be more easily fished at the sluggish pace that sunfish prefer. These featherweight jigs snag less and can tempt fish that may not be hungry enough to chomp a big bait. Also, enticing, erratic retrieves are possible with tiny offerings that can’t be duplicated with bigger jigs. When bluegill get picky, matching their diet with a jig imitation can bring more action. Also remember that they may smell the jig before deciding to eat, so a panfish attractor scent, or tipping it with a maggot or worm piece, could help a lot. Bluegills love eating bugs, and jigs that mimic these tiny creatures will help you catch more bluegills.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the awardwinning Outdoor World Radio For more tips, go to basspro.com)

 

TIP #2: 2018-19 FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS GUIDE: Anglers are reminded to obtain a copy of the new 2018-19 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide from any of the over 1250 sporting license agents in New York State. The 2018-9 guide highlights some of the top fishing waters in New York State. The guide can also be viewed or downloaded online.

 

LAKE ERIE:  Out in the lake, some perch action has been reported in 50 to 55 feet of water off Evangola State Park. Using light action spinning rods with a split shot or two and a double hook, and emerald shiners, cast off the boat and slowly bring the minnow back to the boat. The boat spooks the perch away but by casting out you can reach the perch schooling up to prepare to spawn in the warmer shallow water. Even if ice is present they will be there on the beach. Casting away from the boat will bring the perch closer as they follow the slow moving minnows. A side dock was installed at the state launch at Cattaraugus Creek, but the Hanover launch was dock-less. Sturgeon Point is silted in and is still a problem.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS A small run of medium to large fish came into the creeks last week with the high waters. These fish are picking gravel in some of the first areas of the creek that presents itself. There are a good number of suckers also in and the steelhead that are dropping back have plenty to feed on. Sucker eggs, steelhead eggs and aquatic insects provide good amounts of food. Look for spawning suckers or steelhead and then look for drop backs feeding on eggs below them. Small yellow or orange death roe or steelhead stalker soft plastic beads have been the tickets. If the bead bite is slow, thread on a pink or white worm up to the bead and it mimics a small lamprey sucking on an egg – a trigger for steelhead. Marabou jigs have been very effective in black, olive and white in the lower ends of the tributaries for the immature springers and for drop backs. Check out Sturgeon Point or Dunkirk Harbor for the spring fish schooling up emerald shiners. The Buffalo River has had slow but steady action in the lower end for the immature chromers. It is recommended that anglers avoid actively spawning fish on creeks that support natural reproduction, such as Chautauqua Creek, Cattaraugus Creek and its tributaries. Steelhead smolts have recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults.

For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape and is mostly clear of ice. Look for rainbow trout off Unity Island and along Bird Island Pier. Casting spoons and spinners should work, as will egg sacs or egg imitations. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sacs, shiners or flatfish lures also works well for boaters. The upper rapids area is usually a good spot, just before the whitewater starts. River waters are murky but fishable. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. There have been some dippers targeting smelt, but very few smelt have been caught so far. Water needs to warm up just a few more degrees to hit the optimal smelt dipping temperatures of 39-40 degrees.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Trout action has been good for steelhead and lake trout using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Steelhead dominate the daily catch, but brown trout, lake trout and even an occasional walleye will also show up. Remember that walleye season closed March 15 and does not reopen until May 5. Try running some lighter line, longer leads, smaller hooks and smaller baits. Silver and green or chartreuse, silver and pink and silver and white have been successful color combinations. There was a report of some smelt taken along Artpark last week, but most of the reports are showing very limited numbers if any at all. Some of the boat captains have reported seeing large pods of baitfish showing up on their fish finders and they suspect smelt. Water temps were around 37-38 degrees as of Tuesday, so it won’t be long. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Cold temps, strong winds and choppy waters have kept boaters off Lake Ontario, but this should change this coming week. When weather permits, it’s expected that the good brown trout bite will resume along the shoreline from Fort Niagara to Rochester. Steelhead and Coho are also available in the nearshore zone in 8-30 feet of water. Working small to medium sized stickbaits in and out of the mudline is one approach, using planer boards. Keep your lures 75 to 125 feet back. Hot baits have been Fire Tiger Rapalas, Junior Challengers and MagLips in 2.5 sizes, all bright colors Chartreuse and orange have been good colors lately. And if you aren’t getting hits, try bumping your speed up to 2.6 – 2.8 mph. Key on areas near stream/harbor mouths, in murky waters or in areas with a slightly higher temperature. Lures run directly behind the boat get less trout attention. Watch out for floating debris. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers reported a decent steelhead bite in many of the Lake Ontario tributaries when conditions have permitted. Fishing pressure has been real light. Some fresh fish have been reported. The small to medium sized freestone streams are good options for the weekend. Eighteenmile is running a little high and stained, but is fishable. Oak Orchard Creek is also high with a slight stain and about 2 feet of visibility. Anglers had been catching brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are working to trick a steelhead or brown. A variety of flies and nymph patterns will also produce a trout or two, as will some streamer patterns. From earlier warmer weather and higher flows, there was some spawning activity. That may be stalled some now but fish may still be in fast water areas with greater concentrations of fish more upstream then down. The Olcott and Wilson Harbors have the launch docks in place. Spring casting at pier sites is often productive for trout. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. Bullhead are showing at Wilson Harbor, low end of Twelvemile Creek and Oak Orchard Creek. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Some anglers report decent crappie catches in Ashville Bay Marina. Light numbers of crappie are showing in other marina and canal locations, along with decent numbers of perch. Look for improved crappie action in the canals when warmer temperatures arrive. Traditional open lake crappie spots include Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at high levels and they are muddy. The smaller streams are the best bet for fishable conditions until next week. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. With the high-water events in WNY, the fish have had a chance to move. Try walking away from stocking points for your best chance at big fish. Bigger flies have been moving and catching fish in high water. Olive, brown and white are best bets when using streamers. Some dark BWO's and Hendrickson hatches have been documented as well. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Main species now are panfish, perch and bullhead. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Remember pike, walleye and bass seasons are now closed. Pike may be closed for fishing, but if you are into fish watching get to the Inlet as the northern swim to their spawning grounds. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: No reports on current fishing. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANADICE LAKE: No reports on current fishing. Try kayak fishing for smelt and lake trout. A recommended tactic is use a 10 foot fly rod and sinking line along with smelt pattern streamers, usually with a little weight about 7 feet up the leader.  The key is to take a paddle stroke and glide, then another stroke, etc.  Strikes usually occur when the fly starts to move after the glide. Choppy water is way better than calm. Best tip is: upon getting a strike, take 2 or 3 strong paddle strokes to drive in the hook and keep a tight line while you pause to get the rod out of the holder.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)