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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

10 - 11 - 19

TIP: FALL FISHING AND BOATING SAFETY TIPS FROM BOATUS FOUNDATION: It's hard being a boater in the fall. Most of your friends on the water are gone, the days shorter, the waters colder. However, the lack of crowds or better wind in the sails is still appealing to many boaters, anglers and sailors, but safety must be stepped up, says the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. What makes the risk go up and what can you do? Here's five ways you can easily get in trouble this time of the year.
Sunshine isn't your friend: Don't let sunny days deceive you - while it may be T-shirt weather in the morning at the launch ramp or dock, weather can change quickly this time of year. Bring extra clothing to dress in layers and always bring foul weather gear.
Float your plan: The fishing hole or raft-up spot crowds may be gone, but that also means your closest potential rescuers are also long gone. A simple sharing of your float plan with family members or friends letting them know where you're going and when you will be back could save valuable time in locating you if something happens.
Murphy likes you: Does your boat have any lingering maintenance issues? This isn't the time of the year to find out. Ensure any problems - engine, fuel, charging systems, or safety issues such as navigation lights - are fixed before you go.
I've fallen and I can't get up: A simple fall overboard can kill this time of year. Hypothermia is a real threat. By wearing your life jacket, if you do find yourself accidentally over the side you will float and have time to get back aboard, preferably with a knotted or looped rope attached to the gunnel or ladder that be reached from the water. If you'd like to see just how hard it is to get back in a boat, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation/boardingladders.
Don't leave without me: If you are alone and fall out, will the boat keep going? It won't run away if you had your engine cut-off lanyard attached to you or use another type of shutdown device.

TIP #2: SEASON REMINDERS:
September 30 - Lake trout season closed on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River.
October 15 – Close of Regular State Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee Trout

TIP #3: TROUT STREAM MANAGEMENT IN NEW YORK - INLAND TROUT STREAM MANAGEMENT PUBLIC MEETINGS October 16 at the Avoca Central School Auditorium, 7 Oliver Street, Avoca, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) and October 17 at the Concord Town Hall, 86 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm). DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

LAKE ERIE: Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are great from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still common. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 65-80 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 75-90 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing picked up off Sturgeon Point last weekend. One group picked up a three man limit straight out of the harbor in 56 feet of water. Other decent catches came from depths of 60-62 feet of water, and walleye trollers reported incidental perch catches in 70-75 feet of water. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 60-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributary waters are getting cooler, but all streams except Cattaraugus Creek remain low despite recent rain. Cattaraugus Creek is the best steelhead option for the weekend. Limited numbers of steelhead are available between Gowanda and the mouth. Other creeks are low and clear with just a few fish in the lowest sections near creek mouths. Rain is needed to trigger any significant influx of fish. Shore anglers can target staging steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river king salmon fishing has been very slow over the past week. Charter boats working the Devils Hole drift have worked hard for just a few kings. The NYPA fishing platform has also produced a few salmon this week, but numbers are less than expected for October. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig with cured salmon skein is the top technique. Shore anglers are picking up the occasional king salmon from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Large spoons, Vibrax spinners and cured salmon skein are good offerings. Hopefully the upcoming cold temperatures will draw more kings into the river. Boaters and shore anglers are also catching some brown trout and a few steelhead above Lewiston. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. 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: Fishing for staging king salmon has been slow and spotty. There have been some better catches for boats that located pods of salmon. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon, but the bite near dusk can be productive too. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. There has been some decent to good fishing off Oak Orchard for steelhead and silver kings in 70-120 feet of water. Gear run between 75 feet down and the bottom works well for kings and 40-50 feet down for steelhead. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the piers. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: King salmon are available in lighter numbers in the medium to larger tributaries, while some smaller streams lack enough water to pass fish. Eighteenmile Creek currently has moderate to lower flow and clear conditions. Brown trout are present in good numbers and are the dominant catch below Burt Dam, with some real lunkers mixed in. Fair numbers of king salmon are in the pool at base of the dam, but quite thin in the section from there to the trestle. Oak Orchard has moderate to slightly low flow with clear water. King salmon are top catch there with decent to good numbers of kings immediately below the dam. Salmon and brown trout are sparse and scattered below that. Despite lower flow on Johnson Creek, decent numbers of salmon are holding in the upper section. The lower, slow moving sections of Eighteenmile, Oak Orchard and Sandy Creeks are good options for trout and salmon as well. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Target the deeper holes. Anglers have been catching the occasional king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites, with best catches coming from the Wilson pier. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Lake Ontario water levels are still high but have receded enough to allow for fishing at most piers. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. An angler reported that his group did very well Sunday afternoon casting for walleye from shore, catching 24 walleye with only 3 shorts in the mix. Swimbaits were key to their success, while stickbaits were practically ignored. The shoreline bite may even be better after dark. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Muskellunge fishing has been a bit slow lately. Look for that bite to pick up with falling water temperatures. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are at moderate-low flows. Rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try 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. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (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: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (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: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 100 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 15 - 35 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on 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: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well. 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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONEIDA LAKE: There’s some good fishing to be found. Young-of-year gizzard shad are now big enough for bass to start feeding on and the bass can provide some great action, including on top-water offerings. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. With the cooler temperatures the night walleye bite has picked up. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a suggested application for walleye this time of year. If you are still interested in fishing the deeper waters for them, worm harnesses, blade baits, and stickbaits are suggested baits to try. Reports have perch schooled up off Chapman Park and Verona Beach, with anglers using fatheads. The area from buoys 105 to 113 is producing nice walleye and the north shore running east from Cleveland is also producing for those trolling sticks. The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ; Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some productive fishing but the end is in sight. Recently the salmon have been in water 50 -100 feet, down 30 - 50 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s still warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. A few salmon are showing up as the waters cool. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. Some nice browns are being taken from the Sodus Bay piers, casting heavy spoons. The Little Cleos have always worked or use Kastmaster spoons. They have the weight and the action. No action reported in Maxwell Creek or other tribs. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels and they have size – up to 12 inches. On the Canal, closing will be October 16 but the wide waters are not drained and remain open. Anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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: Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Good numbers of fish are moving in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

OSWEGO RIVER: The rain brought in a lot of new fish and anglers are cashing out at the Varick Dam. That’s the place to be, where there appears to be more fish than anglers. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren’t so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.
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 in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

OCTOBER

1-31 - Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)
12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:15 am) over 400 guns • shotguns • rifles • handguns • knives • ammo • scopes • gun safes • hunting & fishing items • reloading & accessories (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)
12-13 - 13th Annual Southern Tier Recreation & Sportsman Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, Bath, NY (Sat - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Free seminars on bass fishing, NY black bear, fishing from shore, trout streams of NY, river recreation, invasive insects, food plots, women and archery, retriever training and tracking wounded deer. For youth – fishing, archery, turkey calling and petting zoo. (For information call 607-664-2300 or go to www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com)
15 – Close of Regular State Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee Trout
16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), East Branch Owego Creek, East and West Branchs Tioughnioga River and the Otselic River (Cortland County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property, Hatchery Property - 8:00 am B 4:00 pm (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeksand Chenunda Creek (Allegany County), Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Clear Creek from the mouth to the Wyoming-Cattaraugus County line, Wiscoy Creek 0.5 mile upstream and downstream from the East Hillside Road bridge, East Koy Creek, Chenunda Creek, Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam, Clear Creek (Ellington), Fenton Brook and Oatka Creek (Wyoming County) (>3/31/20)
16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Clear Creek and Prendagast Creek (Chautauqua County) (>3/15/20)

16 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at the Avoca Central School Auditorium, 7 Oliver Street, Avoca, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.
17 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at the Concord Town Hall, 86 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

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TIP: NEW YORK'S FALL SALMON MIGRATION:

Each fall, tributaries to the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain are home to salmon returning to spawn. This can make for some exciting fish watching as salmon move upstream and jump or otherwise navigate various obstructions on their way to their desired spawning sites. New York is home to a native migratory salmon, the Atlantic salmon. Atlantic salmon are found in many NYS waters as a result of DEC's efforts to reintroduce this species to its native range. Although natural reproduction has been documented, spawning runs of these fish are best found in the Salmon River flowing into Lake Ontario and the Bouquet and Saranac rivers flowing into Lake Champlain.

Coho and Chinook salmon, native to the Pacific Ocean, have been stocked in Lake Ontario since the late 1960s. Good runs of Chinook and Coho salmon can be found in many Lake Ontario tributaries. Best viewing for all three salmon species can be had at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

 

TIP #2: Remember: Lake trout season on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River closed September 30th.

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions kept most anglers off Lake Erie this past week. When conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are great from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still common. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 65-80 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 75-90 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing picked up off Sturgeon Point last weekend. One group picked up a three man limit straight out of the harbor in 56 feet of water. Other decent catches came from depths of 60-62 feet of water, and walleye trollers reported incidental perch catches in 70-75 feet of water. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 60-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributary waters are getting cooler, but all streams except Cattaraugus Creek remain low despite recent rain. With a current flow rate of about 140 cubic feet per second, Cattaraugus Creek is the best steelhead option for the weekend. Limited numbers of steelhead are available between Gowanda and the mouth. Other creeks are low and clear with just a few fish in the lowest sections near creek mouths. Rain is needed to trigger any significant influx of fish. Shore anglers can target staging steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river king salmon fishing has been very slow over the past week. Charter boats working the Devils Hole drift have worked hard for just a few kings. The NYPA fishing platform has also produced a few salmon this week, but numbers are less than expected for the start of October. Hopefully the upcoming cold temperatures will draw more kings into the river. Boaters and shore anglers are also catching some brown trout and a few steelhead above Lewiston. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners is a good tactic.

Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. 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:  Fishing for staging king salmon has been slow and spotty. There have been some better catches for boats that located pods of salmon. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon, but the bite near dusk can be productive too. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. There has been some decent to good fishing off Oak Orchard for steelhead and silver kings in 70-120 feet of water. Gear run between 75 feet down and the bottom works well for kings and 40-50 feet down for steelhead. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the piers. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors.  After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors.  There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Some kings have been reported up to the dams on Oak Orchard and Eighteen Mile Creeks and some are reported in Johnson Creek. Action is picking up as the waters cool. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at pier sites from dusk to dawn is the typical tactic for kings. Anglers have been catching the occasional king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites, with best catches coming from the Wilson pier. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Lake Ontario water levels are still high but have receded enough to allow for fishing at most piers. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up  in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds.   

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Muskellunge fishing has been a bit slow lately. Look for that bite to pick up with falling water temperatures. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill.  The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are at moderate-low flows. Current rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try 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. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (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: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (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: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. (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: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is open again. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: There’s some great fishing to be found. Young-of-year gizzard shad are now big enough for bass to start feeding on and the bass can provide some great action, including on top-water offerings. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The walleye bite has slowed, which is probably a result of the walleye also targeting the shad, but some are still being caught over a wide range of depths from shallow weedbeds to 25 or more feet. A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing; some popular ones have been worm harnesses, blade baits, swimbaits and stickbaits. Bottom bouncing can be effective for walleye. Reports have perch schooled up off Chapman Park and Verona Beach, with anglers using fatheads.  The area from buoys 105 to 113 is producing nice walleye and the north shore running east from Cleveland is also producing for those trolling sticks.  Some walleye are suspended up, but the biters seem to be lurking a bit deeper.  The wall in Sylvan Beach is producing nice fish very early 3-6am, with fish coming up to the surface.  Sticks, soft plastics, sonars, and jigging raps are all producing fish.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some productive fishing but the end is in sight. Recently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Salmon are beginning to enter the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s still warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. A few salmon are showing up as the waters cool. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. Some nice browns are being taken from the Sodus Bay piers, casting heavy spoons. The Little Cleos have always worked or use Kastmaster spoons. They have the weight and the action. No action reported in Maxwell Creek or other tribs. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels and they have size – up to 12 inches. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. On Thursday, rain showers in the morning but sunny skies peaked through in the afternoon. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill.  In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool.  Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: The rain earlier this week brought in a lot of new fish and anglers are cashing out at the Varick Dam. That’s the place to be, where there appears to be more fish than anglers. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren’t so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. The action along the wall in downtown Oswego, though, is up and down. The problem is the water temperature, which as of Wednesday was hovering around 69 degrees.  Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.

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 in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

OCTOBER

 

1-31 -  Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

6 - Fall Harvest Days #2 at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, NY. Come celebrate the fall season. Tour theanimal preserve, games for kids and all kinds of seasonal events. (For information call 585-535-4100 or go to Hiddenvalleyadventure.com)

7, 14, 21 & 28 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tying Classes at the Con Club  located on Mullet Street in Dunkirk, NY. (Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store.) (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Sessions are free. No sign-up necessary, just show up. All materials and tools provided for free.

8, 15, 22 & 29 - The Children of the Stream Youth Fly-tying Program at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. (7:00 – 8:30 pm) This program is in its 19th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 12 and older. All tools and material will be provided FREE. (For more information contact Alberto Rey at 716-410-7003 or email alberto@albertorey.com.EET)

9 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at Gillette Road Middle School, 6150 South Bay Road, Cicero, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:15 am) over 400 guns •  shotguns • rifles • handguns • knives • ammo • scopes • gun safes • hunting & fishing items • reloading & accessories  (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12-13 - 13th Annual Southern Tier Recreation & Sportsman Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, Bath, NY (Sat - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Free seminars on bass fishing, NY black bear, fishing from shore, trout streams of NY, river recreation, invasive insects, food plots, women and archery, retriever training and tracking wounded deer. For youth – fishing, archery, turkey calling and petting zoo. (For information call 607-664-2300 or go to www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com)

 

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TIP: NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019:


TIP #2: NEW YORK'S FALL SALMON MIGRATION:
Each fall, tributaries to the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain are home to salmon returning to spawn. This can make for some exciting fish watching as salmon move upstream and jump or otherwise navigate various obstructions on their way to their desired spawning sites. New York is home to a native migratory salmon, the Atlantic salmon. Atlantic salmon are found in many NYS waters as a result of DEC's efforts to reintroduce this species to its native range. Although natural reproduction has been documented, spawning runs of these fish are best found in the Salmon River flowing into Lake Ontario and the Bouquet and Saranac rivers flowing into Lake Champlain.
Coho and Chinook salmon, native to the Pacific Ocean, have been stocked in Lake Ontario since the late 1960s. Good runs of Chinook and Coho salmon can be found in many Lake Ontario tributaries. Best viewing for all three salmon species can be had at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, which draws thousands of visitors each year.

TIP #3: Remember: Lake trout season on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River closes September 30th.

LAKE ERIE: Walleye prospects are great from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still common. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 65-80 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 75-90 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing picked up off Sturgeon Point last weekend. One group picked up a three man limit straight out of the harbor in 56 feet of water. Other decent catches came from depths of 60-62 feet of water, and walleye trollers reported incidental perch catches in 70-75 feet of water. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 60-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributary waters are getting cooler, but all streams except Cattaraugus Creek remain low despite recent rain. With a current flow rate of about 140 cubic feet per second, Cattaraugus Creek is the best steelhead option for the weekend. Limited numbers of steelhead are available between Gowanda and the mouth. Other creeks are low and clear with just a few fish in the lowest sections near creek mouths. Rain is needed to trigger any significant influx of fish. Shore anglers can target staging steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river water temperatures remain a bit warm, but king salmon are slowly moving in. Anglers are catching a few kings from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park. Drifters are just starting to catch king salmon in the Devils Hole drift. The lower river salmon run will continue to build over the next couple of weeks. The NYPA fishing platform has been the best shore spot for king salmon. Shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are catching some trout and the occasional king salmon. Walleye and smallmouth bass catches continue in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon soon. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. 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: Fishing for staging king salmon has been slow and spotty. There have been some better catches for boats that located pods of salmon. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon, but the bite near dusk can be productive too. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. There has been some decent to good fishing off Oak Orchard for steelhead and silver kings in 70-120 feet of water. Gear run between 75 feet down and the bottom works well for kings and 40-50 feet down for steelhead. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the piers. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Some kings have been reported up to the dams on Oak Orchard and Eighteen Mile Creeks and some are reported in Johnson Creek, but fishing has been slow in the low and clear conditions. Watch for any north or northeast wind that could push colder water inshore and with it salmon and trout. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at pier sites from dusk to dawn is the typical tactic for kings. Anglers have been catching the occasional king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites, with best catches coming from the Wilson pier. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Lake Ontario water levels are still high but have receded enough to allow for fishing at most piers. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. The musky bite has been on and off. Trolling and casting is producing fish, just not consistent. One suggestion - 8-inch and 9-inch Leo Jerkbaits. The bite should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate-low flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try 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. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (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: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (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: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well. 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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is open again. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONEIDA LAKE: There’s some great fishing to be found. Young-of-year gizzard shad are now big enough for bass to start feeding on and the bass can provide some great action, including on top-water offerings. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The walleye bite has slowed, which is probably a result of the walleye also targeting the shad, but some are still being caught over a wide range of depths from shallow weedbeds to 25 or more feet. A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing; some popular ones have been worm harnesses, blade baits, swimbaits and stickbaits. Bottom bouncing can be effective for walleye. Reports have perch schooled up off Chapman Park and Verona Beach, with anglers using fatheads. The area from buoys 105 to 113 is producing nice walleye and the north shore running east from Cleveland is also producing for those trolling sticks. Some walleye are suspended up, but the biters seem to be lurking a bit deeper. The wall in Sylvan Beach is producing nice fish very early 3-6am, with fish coming up to the surface. Sticks, soft plastics, sonars, and jigging raps are all producing fish. The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ; Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Recently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Salmon are beginning to enter the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. The lake did flip however, so there may be more fish in the shallower waters. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s still warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. A few salmon are showing up as the waters cool. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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: Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are slowly moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still very light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. On Thursday, rain showers in the morning but sunny skies peaked through in the afternoon. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)


OSWEGO RIVER: The rain earlier this week brought in a lot of new fish and anglers are cashing out at the Varick Dam. That’s the place to be, where there appears to be more fish than anglers. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren’t so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. The action along the wall in downtown Oswego, though, is up and down. The problem is the water temperature, which as of Wednesday was hovering around 69 degrees. Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.
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 in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

SEPTEMBER 2019

1-30 - Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)
27 - Free-Fishing for Kids at Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park, Near Seneca Street Bridge between Elk and Avon Place, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)
28 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.
28 – National Hunting and Fishing Day
28 - Honeywell Sportsmen's Days at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery 2019, 1672 Route 321 Elbridge, NY. Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook was created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day. 2019 marks the 36th edition of this event. Outdoor educational activities meant to introduce, or reintroduce, folks to our heritage, and suitable for all ages and abilities, especially families, include: shotgun clay target shooting, waterfowl identification/calling, turkey calling, archery (vertical + crossbow), trapping, air guns, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, and bait fishing. There are demonstrations and education planned by woodsmen, local wildlife artists and authors, as well as sporting dog handlers. Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Eddie Eagle (mascot for NRA’s children’s gun safety program) appearances are planned. All attendees receive a free ticket for a grand prize drawing. All hands-on activities are included. (Cost: $5.00 per vehicle) (For information call 315-689-9367 or contact Tom Merrill at 315-247-5141 or email president@federationofsportsmen.com)
28 – 23rd Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day at The Salmon River Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (Oswego County). (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m) Admission is free. Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery. In addition, the fish ladder will be on display, offering the opportunity to view salmon as they migrate. Children will have the opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook, and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State
28-29 - 34th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)
30 - End of Frog and Turtle Seasons
30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season
30 - Close of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout
30 - Free-Fishing for Kids
at Black Rock Canal, 16 Black Rock Harbor, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

OCTOBER 2019

1-31 - Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)
6 - Fall Harvest Days #2 at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, NY. Come celebrate the fall season. Tour the animal preserve, games for kids and all kinds of seasonal events. (For information call 585-535-4100 or go to Hiddenvalleyadventure.com)

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*TIP: NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019:

*TIP #2: CAMOUFLAGE FISHING: The approach an autumn trout angler takes to the stream can dramatically affect his catch rate. I have seen anglers fishing in their bright shirts and white hats under the autumn sun and more often than not they are not having very good luck. In most cases, their poor luck is because of what they are wearing. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and vest. In fact, it's a good idea to wear camouflage clothing when fishing year round. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.
(Larry Whiteley is host of the award winning internationally syndicated "Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World®" Radio Show. For more tips, log onto basspro.com)

* TIP #3: Remember: Lake trout season on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River closes September 30th.

*LAKE ERIE: Walleye anglers continue to enjoy excellent action from Sturgeon Point to the PA line, where depths of 65-90 feet of water continue to produce limit catches. Walleye are showing on the bottom and throughout much of the water column at times, however gear run 50-55 feet down has been automatic. Walleye are available closer to Buffalo, but anglers have had to work a bit harder for them. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Yellow perch fishing has been improving out of Cattaraugus Creek in 60-70 feet of water and Sturgeon Point in 60 feet of water. Anglers report small to moderate sized pods of perch that are moving around, and that the perch bite drops off when walleye are around. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributary waters are getting cooler, but all streams except Cattaraugus Creek remain low despite yesterday's rain. Cattaraugus Creek level peaked overnight and is falling fast. Without additional significant rainfall, the Catt is the best option for early run steelhead this weekend. Another good slug of rain is needed to draw steelhead into the other creeks. Lake Erie surface temperature is around 70 degrees. Look for steelhead to show near creek mouths as water temperatures drop into the upper 60s. Shore anglers can target staging steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river water temperatures remain a bit warm, but king salmon are slowly moving in. Anglers are catching a few kings from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park. Drifters are just starting to catch king salmon in the Devils Hole drift. The lower river salmon run will continue to build over the next couple of weeks. Walleye and smallmouth bass catches continue in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon soon. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. 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: Fish are still in transition in the lake as salmon and trout slowly make their way closer to streams and the rivers. A few salmon have been caught off the piers in Olcott, Point Breeze, Rochester and so on down the lake, but not in big numbers. A few browns were caught, too, during low light periods. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the the piers. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. The offshore bite has been more consistent in 300-400 feet of water, where anglers are picking up steelhead and silver kings. The offshore waters have been more stable and are a good option this weekend. Trollers off Niagara County have recently seen decent action at depths over 400 feet for a mix of king salmon and steelhead. Gear run 60-100 feet down is better for bigger kings, while lures run in the top 50 feet have produced quality catches of steelhead and kings of mixed ages. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs have all worked well. Nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams are worth a try for mature kings at daybreak. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers have just started to catch the occasional king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but the best is yet to come. Watch for any north or northeast wind that could push colder water inshore and with it salmon and trout. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at pier sites from dusk to dawn is the typical tactic for kings. Brown trout, northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Lake Ontario water levels are still high but have receded enough to allow for fishing at most piers. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. A few kings have been reported up to the dam on Oak Orchard Creek. No word of any kings in Eighteenmile Creek or smaller tributaries yet.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. The musky bite has been on and off. Trolling and casting is producing fish, just not consistent. One suggestion - 8-inch and 9-inch Leo Jerkbaits. The bite should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try 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. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (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: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or sou th end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (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: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is open again. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. This week bottom bouncing has been hot for walleye. Focus on 25-40 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish.  Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been good with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. Reports have perch schooled up off Chapman Park and Verona Beach, with folks using fatheads.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Recently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Salmon were beginning to stage outside the tributaries and there have been reports of some fish in the lower stretches of the tribs. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. The lake did  flip however,  so there may be more fish in the shallower waters. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are slowly moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still very light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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 first salmon of the year are in the Salmon River. Stream casters have been picking up fish, but it’s still not the big run. That won’t come some consistent cold temperatures day and night. The most fish movement has been first thing in the morning and right before dark. During the middle of the day fish seem to be holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. The majority of anglers we’re speaking with have been fishing mostly the lower end of the river. Anglers reported having the most success getting into kings at the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark, and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as the Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove, Schoolhouse Pool and Lower Fly Fishing area. The most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, beadhead woolly buggers, fish skull zonkers, conehead bunny muddlers and egg sucking leeches. The best reports still come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

*OSWEGO RIVER: A decent push of salmon has come through over the last couple of days and anglers are getting them both at the dam and off the wall. The fish that are running up at this time are fresh, strong and downright mean. Early season kings tend to win more battles than they lose, and will test your gear and your fighting skills to the max. Drifting an egg sac, skein, bead, or fly along the bottom is a common technique for anglers targeting early run kings at the Varick Dam. The other common technique for targeting early run kings is throwing deep diving lures off the wall. Anglers are still targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.

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 in good shape. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

21 - 19TH Annual Fall Festival at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Kick off the fall season by spending a day in the woods. Enjoy crafts for kids, live animals, hands-on activities and more! Special presentations happen throughout the day. DEC Forest Ranger Kennedy will perform a drone demonstration to show the public how rangers use the technology to help in search and rescues and wildland firefighting, along with a special appearance by Smokey Bear. Visitors can get an up-close look at live animals during the SPCA Wildlife talks. Festivalgoers can enjoy Mama Earth's interactive musical show while dining on treats available for purchase at Boy Scout Troop 500's food stand. (For information go to www.dec.ny.gov/education/68006.html.) No registration required.

21 - Native Americans of the Finger Lakes at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Archeological enthusiast Christopher M. Cramer will present an overview of the ancient Native American civilization of the Finger Lakes Region, focusing on the stone artifacts left behind. Regionally collected examples of stone tools will be on display, some dating back 10,000 years and more. Attendees will participate in a hands-on activity identifying the various types of artifacts, as well as distinguishing authentic artifacts and modern reproductions. A pair of reading glasses and a headlamp or flashlight are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

21 – Native American & Pioneer Heritage Days at the Trailside Lodge, Letchworth State Park. (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Learn about Native American culture and watch dancers perform traditional dances. Includes craft demonstrations and programs on Native American and pioneer life. (For information call585-493-3600 or go to nysparks.com)

22 - Montezuma Wetlands Complex Cruises: The Montezuma Audubon Center is teaming up with Stivers Seneca Marine to lead two 3-hour cruises on a 50-seat pontoon boat through the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Participants can sign up for the 10 AM – 1 PM or 2 PM – 5 PM cruises to explore Montezuma’s bird migration, unique habitats, and the Cayuga-Seneca Canal's cultural history. Light refreshments, binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides and a silent auction are included. (The cost per cruise is $50/person; $90/couple. Proceeds will benefit the Montezuma Audubon Center’s bird conservation projects and environmental education programs.) Space is limited and registration is required. (For information/register call 315.365.3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.

24 - The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. This program is in its 19th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 12 and older. All tools and material will be provided FREE. (For more information contact Alberto Rey at 716-410-7003 or email alberto@albertorey.com.EET)

27 - Free-Fishing for Kids at Seneca Bluffs Natural Habitat Park, Near Seneca Street Bridge between Elk and Avon Place, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)    

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TIP: NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY: SEPTEMBER 28, 2019: 

 

TIP #2:  BLADE BAITS FOR SALMON & TROUT: Simply casting the blade bait out, letting it hit the bottom, then retrieving it with quick, sporadic rips triggers the most strikes. The high percentage areas were along piers, off the breakwaters, and any type of inlet into the main lake. The fish seem to be most active in the early morning until about noon, and after dark. Be ready, because when these fish hit, they run hard!

 

TIP #3: Remember: Lake trout season on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River closes September 30th.

 

LAKE ERIE: Rough conditions have kept most anglers off Lake Erie since Sunday. However, walleye anglers were enjoying great walleye action before the windy weather moved in. West has been best for some time now, however recent reports indicate there are still decent to good numbers of walleye between Sturgeon Point and Buffalo in 55-63 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been exceptional from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line. Out of the Catt, depths of 60-80 feet have been very productive. Anglers out of Dunkirk and Barcelona see best action in 70-90 feet of water. The majority of walleye are suspended between 45-55 feet down, however anglers are also picking up eyes by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses. Stickbaits, worm harnesses and spoons work well for suspended walleye. Yellow perch fishing has improved off Cattaraugus Creek in around 70 feet of water lately with perch anglers reporting modest catches of 12-35 fish. Walleye trollers are also catching incidental perch when trolling near that depth. Dunkirk anglers were recently catching some perch in around 47 feet of water. Depths of 95 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. However, with some recent upwelling/inversion events, suspended lake trout have also shown up mixed with walleye in 70-90 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: A few smaller steelhead have been reported in Cattaraugus Creek. The Catt is slightly high and turbid today, due to an isolated downpour that hit the Springville area yesterday. All other Erie tributaries are low and void of steelhead. Rain is needed to get things started on those creeks. Lake Erie surface temperature is now about 68 degrees, which is generally the temp when steelhead start to show near creek mouths. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons and spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER:  Walleye and smallmouth bass catches remain strong in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon in a couple of weeks. King salmon typically start moving into the river in earnest in mid-September with peak usually occurring the last week of September through the second week of October. A few have started so the wait is on. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. The NYPA fishing platform remains closed due to high water level. The pier will reopen when water subsides to a safe level. For updates on pier call 716-796-0135, extension 45 (enter extension # when message starts to avoid listening to long menu) 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: Nearshore fishing has been tough lately. Could be wacky temperature profiles, the presence of large amounts of bait, or combination of both? However, mature king salmon will soon be staging off stocked streams in preparation of the spawning run. The offshore waters have been more stable and are a good option this weekend. Trollers off Niagara County have recently seen decent action at depths over 400 feet for a mix of king salmon and steelhead. Gear run 60-100 feet down is better for bigger kings, while lures run in the top 50 feet have produced quality catches of steelhead and kings of mixed ages. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs have all worked well. Nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams are worth a try for mature kings at daybreak. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors.  There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: There has been no word of trout and salmon showing off pier heads yet, but early September is typically when the first catches occur. Watch for wind-driven upwellings that push coldwater inside, and with it salmonids within casting distance of piers.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. There has been a lull in musky action lately, with modest numbers showing along weedlines. That should turn around as water temperatures continue to drop. Trollers can target suspended musky over deeper waters of 25 feet plus. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try 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. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (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: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is open again. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Activity has been off and on the last few days on the lake. Rain, wind and some storms have been a part of the weather pattern. With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. This week bottom bouncing has been hot for walleye. Focus on 25-40 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish.  Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been good with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. A Bassmaster Elite Series Competition will be held Sept. 5-7 with takeoffs each day at 6:30 a.m. ET from Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park the first two days at 2:30 p.m., with Saturday’s final weigh-in shifting to the Bass Pro Shops in Auburn at 3:30 p.m. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Salmon were beginning to stage outside the tributaries and there have been reports of some fish in the lower stretches of the tribs.Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. Until Monday, lake fishing does not require a license. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Submerged docks and potential shoreline erosion are concerns for anglers fishing the shoreline. Bay fishing is rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at the channel. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are still high but many of the restrictions have been lifted. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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 first salmon of the year are in the Salmon River. Stream casters have been picking up fish inconsistently, but it’s still not the big run. The most fish movement has been first thing in the morning and right before dark. During the middle of the day fish seem to be holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. The majority of anglers we’re speaking with have been fishing mostly the lower end of the river. Anglers reported having the most success in the Ballpark, Town Pool area, Staircase, Blackhole and DSR. The most productive patterns have been streamers in natural colors such as black, olive, white and brown. Beadhead or conehead woolly buggers, fish skull zonkers, conehead muddlers and egg sucking leeches. The best reports still come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

OSWEGO RIVER: A decent push of salmon has come through over the last couple of days and anglers are getting them both at the dam and off the wall. The fish that are running up at this time are fresh, strong and downright mean. Early season kings tend to win more battles than they lose, and will test your gear and your fighting skills to the max. Drifting an egg sac, skein, bead, or fly along the bottom is a common technique for anglers targeting early run kings at the Varick Dam. The other common technique for targeting early run kings is throwing deep diving lures off the wall. Anglers are still targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.

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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

10, 17 and 24 - The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. This program is in its 19th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 12 and older. All tools and material will be provided FREE.

 (For more information contact Alberto Rey at 716-410-7003 or email alberto@albertorey.com.EET)

5-7 - The Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on Oneida Lake from Oneida Shores Park in Brewerton, NY. Takeoffs each day at 6:30 a.m.  Weigh-ins will also be held at the park the first two days at 2:30 p.m., with Saturday’s final weigh-in shifting to the Bass Pro Shops in Auburn at 3:30 p.m.

5-8 - Walleye Fishing Education Weekend with Lance Valentine on Lake Erie at Dunkirk Harbor. A Fishing Education Weekend is a 4-day event combining workshops, seminars, on the water information sharing, meals, friendship and more in a family friendly environment designed to help anglers learn new techniques, new waters, learn hard core fishing information and make new friends. The seminars will focus on walleye but many techniques can be used for lake trout. A limited number of spots available for "non boaters". The registration fee is $425 and includes: Three Days of Classroom Education, on-the-water instruction & sharing of information/Three nights of Lodging at the Econo Lodge, Fredonia, NY/Three nights of Catered Dinner/Three mornings of Catered Breakfast/Boat launch or dock fees at Holiday Harbor at Chadwick Bay Marina. (For more info contact Jim Steel at 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.)

6 – Free-Fishing for Kids at Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park – Foot of Smith Street, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

7 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

7 – Fall Sportsman Raffle at the Henrietta Moose Family Center, 5375 W. Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY. (1:00 – 5:00 pm) Event will benefit Holy Childhood. Ticket holder receive full course steak dinner and beverages, 14 major drawings, 50/50, side raffles and pull tabs.(Cost: $20.00) (For information call 585-359-1937)  

8 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (1:00 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

13 - Free-Fishing for Kids at Tow Path at the Foot of Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

14 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (1:00 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

14 -  10th annual Women Conquering Outdoor Adventures held by the Ladies Shoot 'N Hoot group at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) A perfect opportunity for women to learn more about the outdoors through qualified instructors in a relaxed setting. More than a dozen options exist, including archery (compound and crossbow), air pistol, basic shotgun, basic rifle, fly fishing, kayaking, transporting firearms and more. Choose four different classes in which to participate. Preregistration is required. (Cost: $65,00 which includes lunch.) Deadline to RSVP is September 1st). (For information, contact Colleen Gaskill at 716-628-9023.)

15 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (6:00 am or 1:00 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)  

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*TIP: FISH FOR FREE ON LAKE ONTARIO (INCLUDING THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER) AND THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER THROUGH LABOR DAY: Fish for Free on Lake Ontario (Including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River through Labor Day! Anglers must adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about fishing season dates, size limits, take limits, and other fishing requirements on DEC's website.

 

*TIP #2: Live bait has been lively. In general, nightcrawlers (worms) have been good for walleye; crayfish (mainly soft-shelled crabs) have worked best for bass. Leeches can be deadly and bigger chubs take their share of game fish, but worms and crabs get the most attention as summer fisheries head toward fall feeding forays.

Artificial lures of all kinds have gotten all kinds of play this summer. Crankbaits have succeeded on many inland lakes where moss and algae bloom. Shore casters have worked crankbaits on everything from bass to pike to walleye this season.

Spinner baits seem to be in a tie with whacky worms (center-hooked plastic baits) in all waters open to bass fishermen. Worms are the easier option; size is a slight factor in selecting a rubber worm that works best when just dropped and allowed to wobble toward bottom like an injured, easy target for feeding fish.

Spinner baits call for some sizing up, but the beauty of the smaller sizes is that it works on good-sized panfish (bluegills, crappie, perch, sunfish, etc.) as well as bass, pike and walleye.

Color selection has varied. With increasing water clarity, greens and yellows have been more effective than white or “glossy” (silver, gray, pearl) jig bodies on most inland lakes. Vertical stripes help. With a profusion of perch the past two years, even lakes with minimal perch presence have been good for body baits, jig plastics, and spinner blades with bands that make things look like a tasty perch fingerling.

Speed kills. Often slower speeds can draw strikes from lazy fish – pike and bass as well as walleye. Recent cold fronts and string of cool nights are lowering water temperatures which often slow both bait and game fish movements.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Rough conditions have kept most anglers off Lake Erie since Sunday. However, walleye anglers were enjoying great walleye action before the windy weather moved in. West has been best for some time now, however recent reports indicate there are still decent to good numbers of walleye between Sturgeon Point and Buffalo in 55-63 feet of water. Walleye fishing has been exceptional from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line. Out of the Catt, depths of 65-80 feet have been very productive. Anglers out of Dunkirk and Barcelona see best action in 70-90 feet of water. The majority of walleye are suspended between 45-55 feet down, however anglers are also picking up eyes by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses. Stickbaits, worm harnesses and spoons work well for suspended walleye. Yellow perch fishing has improved off Cattaraugus Creek in around 70 feet of water lately with perch anglers reporting modest catches of 12-35 fish. Walleye trollers are also catching incidental perch when trolling near that depth. Dunkirk anglers were recently catching some perch in around 47 feet of water. Depths of 95 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. However, with some recent upwelling/inversion events, suspended lake trout have also shown up mixed with walleye in 70-90 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER:  A king salmon was caught this past week so it may not be long. The walleye and smallmouth bass action, however, remains the attraction in the lower Niagara River. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there is a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. High water levels are still causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore.

Salmon are highly scattered with all of the wind changes and may be caught from 50 to 500 feet of water. With winds out of the south or southwest, look for mature kings to begin staging. Anglers are picking up a fair number of mature kings in 85 -150 feet of water, with some trout mixed in. Over deep waters of 300 feet plus, trollers are catching king salmon of mixed ages and steelhead at 40 – 60 feet. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons are good salmon offerings. The Niagara Bar "ledge" in 100-200 feet of water is another good spot to target kings. We're getting closer to the mature king salmon staging period, so don't overlook nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams for mature kings at daybreak.  As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons run 50-100 feet down have worked well. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. Gear run in the top 50 feet is a good bet. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. Three fishing derbies for you to choose from are scheduled for Lake Ontario this weekend. Or compete in all three for the best chance at some big bucks - Orleans Rotary Fishing Derby,  the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby and the granddaddy of all derbies is the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. A few salmon may start showing in the streams at any time. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. The weed edges in the northern basin along Warner’s and Mayville bays have produced the best this past week. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits, jointed stick baits in perch color, worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Muskellunge fishing has been decent, with catches coming along weed edges and over deeper water (suspended).  Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Trollers can target suspended musky over deeper waters of 25 feet plus. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass are present but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.  Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 60 - 150 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is now open following record-high water levels on Lake Ontario. During the closure, DEC implemented several site repairs to ensure safe and convenient public access to the launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Activity has been off and on the last few days on the lake. Rain, wind and some storms have been a part of the weather pattern. With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. This week bottom bouncing was hot for walleye. Focus on 25-40 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish.  Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been good with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons (blue-green), flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows. Until Monday, lake fishing does not require a license. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

* LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore in a no-wake condition but the order has been lifted on the bays. However, boaters should maintain a no wake zone of 500 feet of shore in respect of landowners. Submerged docks and potential shoreline erosion are concerns for anglers fishing the shoreline. Bay fishing is rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at the channel. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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 first salmon of the year have been reported in the Salmon River out of the Douglaston Salmon Run. Stream casters have been picking up fish inconsistently, but it’s still not the big run. Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. As many of you have probably already heard, there has been a number of salmon entering the Salmon River over the last little bit, which means they will be showing up in Oswego any day now. It’s time to start gearing up and preparing for the action. Throwing plugs (Thundersticks, Hot-N-Tots, Kwick Fish) off the wall is a great way to intercept one of these early season kings, as well as wading up to the dam and using flies or egg imitations. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JULY 2019

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

 

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

30 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Sprague Brook, 9674 Foote Road, Glenwood, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

5-8 - Walleye Fishing Education Weekend with Lance Valentine on Lake Erie at Dunkirk Harbor. A Fishing Education Weekend is a 4-day event combining workshops, seminars, on the water information sharing, meals, friendship and more in a family friendly environment designed to help anglers learn new techniques, new waters, learn hard core fishing information and make new friends. The seminars will focus on walleye but many techniques can be used for lake trout. A limited number of spots available for "non boaters". The registration fee is $425 and includes: Three Days of Classroom Education, on-the-water instruction & sharing of information/Three nights of Lodging at the Econo Lodge, Fredonia, NY/Three nights of Catered Dinner/Three mornings of Catered Breakfast/Boat launch or dock fees at Holiday Harbor at Chadwick Bay Marina. (For more info contact Jim Steel at 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.)

6 – Free-Fishing for Kids at Red Jacket Riverfront Natural Habitat Park – Foot of Smith Street, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

7 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

8 - Annual Trapper and Sportsman’s Day at the Solon Sportsmen’s Club, 4475 Sportsmen’s Road, Solon, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)  Day will include raffles for a crossbow, a loaded pack basket, Chinese auction and demonstrations of trapping, pelt handling, and panfish fishing.  There will be vendors on site and food available. Sponsored by the Cortland County Trappers Association. (For information contact Les Wedge  607-749-3292 or email toadfish1@hotmail.com.)

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TIP: TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ONEIDA LAKE SOUTH SHORE BOAT LAUNCH BEGINS WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the South Shore boat launch site located on the southern shore of Oneida Lake will be closed for up to two days next week due to maintenance. The launch, located east of the hamlet of Bridgeport in the town of Sullivan, Madison County, is expected to be closed for up to two days beginning Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.

For boaters seeking alternative launch sites in the Bridgeport area, there are several private marinas within four miles of the South Shore site where fee launching is available. Farther west, boaters can use the launch at Oneida Shores Onondaga County Park on Bartell Road in the town of Brewerton. An additional alternative is DEC's Godfrey Point boat launch on the north shore of Oneida Lake in Oneida County, approximately two miles east of the village of Cleveland.

 

TIP #2: FISH FOR FREE ON LAKE ONTARIO (INCLUDING THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER) AND THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER THROUGH LABOR DAY: Fish for Free on Lake Ontario (Including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River through Labor Day! Anglers must adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about fishing season dates, size limits, take limits, and other fishing requirements on DEC's website.

 

LAKE ERIE: The walleye fishing off Buffalo has fallen off as fish move west. Sturgeon Point is also a little slow, with better catches for those who motor west to depths over 65 feet. Anglers fishing off Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line report very good to excellent walleye fishing. The walleye haven't been picky either, readily hitting nightcrawler harnesses, spoons and various natural stick baits along with some very bright-colored ones such a “clown,” with its dazzling pink, blue and yellow dot pattern. Out of the Catt, anglers are picking up limits in 70-80 feet of water on gear run between 50 feet down and the bottom. Depths of 70-90 feet have recently been very productive off Dunkirk. Eyes have been biting well off Barcelona all season and anglers have recently been filling their boxes in 65-90 feet of water. Most of the action off Dunkirk and Barcelona has been in the bottom third of the water column. However, northeast winds at mid-week caused some upwellings of colder water which scattered fish. During these events, coldwater can be pushed much closer to the surface or into shallower depths, thus scattering fish. If fishing during or shortly after an upwelling, the shallower or deeper offshore waters typically have more stable temperature profiles and are more productive. The relatively few anglers who are targeting lake trout are doing well out of Dunkirk and Barcelona. Head for depths of 110 feet plus. Spoons run close to the bottom are a good bet, but lakers may also be suspended. Yellow perch fishing has generally been slow. Anglers have been picking up some decent catches at times off Dunkirk in 50-60 feet of water. There have also been some incidental catches for those fishing walleye out of Sturgeon and Cattaraugus Creek. Once water temps have stabilized, perch schools will mpve deeper and provide decent catches for those who can find the schools. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. The Lake Erie Fisheries Unit will be setting cold-water nets between Dunkirk and the Pennsylvania state line this month. Please avoid trolling between or around any orange floats that you might encounter. If you do snag their gear, please contact office (716-366-0228) and they will save your gear for you. 

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The walleye and smallmouth bass action has been good in the lower Niagara River. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there is a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore.

There has recently been two productive zones for salmon. Anglers are picking up a fair number of mature kings in 85 -150 feet of water, with some trout mixed in. Over deep waters of 300 feet plus, trollers are catching king salmon of mixed ages and steelhead at 40 – 60 feet. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons are good salmon offerings. The Niagara Bar "ledge" in 100-200 feet of water is another good spot to target kings. We're getting closer to the mature king salmon staging period, so don't overlook nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams for mature kings at daybreak. One report of staging comes from off Oak Orchard. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons run 50-100 feet down have worked well. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. Gear run in the top 50 feet is a good bet. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. Three fishing derbies for you to choose from are scheduled for Lake Ontario this weekend. Or compete in all three for the best chance at some big bucks - Orleans Rotary Fishing Derby,  the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby and the granddaddy of all derbies is the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. A few salmon may start showing in the streams at any time. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. The weed edges in the northern basin along Warner’s and Mayville bays have produced the best this past week. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Muskellunge fishing has been decent to good, with catches coming along weed edges and over deeper water (suspended).  Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Trollers can target suspended musky over deeper waters of 25 feet plus. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass are present but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.  Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: There is a large bass tournament taking place on the lake starting this weekend, so there will likely be more boat traffic. Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 60 - 150 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and panfish. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 20 - 45 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. No catch reports on pickerel. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are present but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is now open following record-high water levels on Lake Ontario. During the closure, DEC implemented several site repairs to ensure safe and convenient public access to the launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Activity has been a bit slow over the last few days on the lake. Rain and some storms have been a part of the weather pattern. With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-40 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Some good reports, have been received of a lot of walleye stacked up off Edgewater on both the north and east shore drop-offs, working from the Vienna Bar down to Edgewater and off of Sylvan Beach. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish.  Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been good with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. It shouldn't be too long before the gizzard shad are big enough for the predators to start targeting them so keep an eye out for bird activity. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons, flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working.

The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.  

 

 LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species but could change at any time on the bigger tribs. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at the channel. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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 first salmon of the year have been reported in the Salmon River out of the Douglaston Salmon Run. Stream casters have been picking up fish inconsistently, but it’s still not the big run. Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. As many of you have probably already heard, there has been a number of salmon entering the Salmon River over the last few days, which means they will be showing up in Oswego any day now. It’s time to start gearing up and preparing for the action. Throwing plugs (Thundersticks, Hot-N-Tots, Kwick Fish) off the wall is a great way to intercept one of these early season kings, as well as wading up to the dam and using flies or egg imitations. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JULY 2019

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

 

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

23-24 - The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge at Dunkirk Harbor. 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 65 boats, $500 entry fee, 6-walleye weigh-in. Registration deadline: August 1.  (For information contact Jim Steel 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.) 

30 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Sprague Brook, 9674 Foote Road, Glenwood, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

30 - Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (5:00 – 7:30 pm) What better way to enjoy the end of the summer than a relaxing paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see migratory songbirds, marsh birds and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

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*TIP: FISH FOR FREE ON LAKE ONTARIO (INCLUDING THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER) AND THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER THROUGH LABOR DAY: Fish for Free on Lake Ontario (Including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River through Labor Day! Anglers must adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about fishing season dates, size limits, take limits, and other fishing requirements on DEC's website.

*LAKE ERIE: The walleye fishing off Buffalo has fallen off as fish move west. Sturgeon Point is also a little slow, with better catches for those who motor west to depths over 65 feet. Anglers fishing off Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line report very good to excellent walleye fishing. The walleye haven't been picky either, readily hitting stickbaits, spoons and worm harnesses. Out of the Catt, anglers are picking up limits in 70-80 feet of water on gear run between 50 feet down and the bottom. Depths of 70-90 feet have recently been very productive off Dunkirk. Eyes have been biting well off Barcelona all season and anglers have recently been filling their boxes in 65-90 feet of water. Most of the action off Dunkirk and Barcelona has been in the bottom third of the water column. However, northeast winds at mid-week caused some upwellings of colder water which scattered fish. During these events, coldwater can be pushed much closer to the surface or into shallower depths, thus scattering fish. If fishing during or shortly after an upwelling, the shallower or deeper offshore waters typically have more stable temperature profiles and are more productive. The relatively few anglers who are targeting lake trout are doing well out of Dunkirk and Barcelona. Head for depths of 110 feet plus. Spoons run close to the bottom are a good bet, but lakers may also be suspended. Yellow perch fishing has generally been slow. Anglers have been picking up some decent catches at times off Dunkirk in 50-60 feet of water. There have also been some incidental catches for those fishing walleye out of Sturgeon and Cattaraugus Creek. Once water temps have stabilized, perch schools will mpve deeper and provide decent catches for those who can find the schools. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. The Lake Erie Fisheries Unit will be setting cold-water nets between Dunkirk and the Pennsylvania state line this month. Please avoid trolling between or around any orange floats that you might encounter. If you do snag their gear, please contact office (716-366-0228) and they will save your gear for you.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The walleye and smallmouth bass action has been good in the lower Niagara River. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there is a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore.
There has recently been two productive zones for salmon. Anglers are picking up a fair number of mature kings in 85 -150 feet of water, with some trout mixed in. Over deep waters of 300 feet plus, trollers are catching king salmon of mixed ages and steelhead. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons are good salmon offerings. The Niagara Bar "ledge" in 100-200 feet of water is another good spot to target kings. We're getting closer to the mature king salmon staging period, so don't overlook nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams for mature kings at daybreak. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons run 50-100 feet down have worked well. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. Gear run in the top 50 feet is a good bet. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. Three fishing derbies for you to choose from are scheduled for Lake Ontario this weekend. Or compete in all three for the best chance at some big bucks - Orleans Rotary Fishing Derby, the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby and the granddaddy of all derbies is the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. The weed edges in the northern basin along Warner’s and Mayville bays have produced the best this past week. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Anglers are picking up some muskellunge in the same areas as the walleye catches. Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Trollers can target suspended musky over deeper waters of 25 feet plus. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 45-75 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 150 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well. 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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is now open following record-high water levels on Lake Ontario. During the closure, DEC implemented several site repairs to ensure safe and convenient public access to the launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONEIDA LAKE: With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot. Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Some good reports, have been received of a lot of walleye stacked up off Edgewater on both the north and east shore drop-offs, working from the Vienna Bar down to Edgewater and off of Sylvan Beach. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working shallow water (4 – 14 feet) in the Maple Bay, Billington Bay, and Fisher Bay as well as out near the islands and the dumping grounds. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been good with sizable perch mixed in. Blades have still been producing along with glide baits. Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW. Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes. The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ; Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons, flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working.
The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at the channel. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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: Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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 first salmon of the year were reported in the Salmon River out of Douglaston Salmon Run. Stream casters have been picking up fish consistently, but it’s still not the big run. Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

*OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. As many of you have probably already heard, there has been a number of salmon entering the Salmon River over the last four days, which means they will be showing up in Oswego any day now. It’s time to start gearing up and preparing for the action. Throwing plugs (Thundersticks, Hot-N-Tots, Kwick Fish) off the wall is a great way to intercept one of these early season kings, as well as wading up to the dam and using flies or egg imitations. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JULY 2019
1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

AUGUST 2019
1-31 - Celebrate Seneca Lake Month
at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)
3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)
16 - 4th Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament, ladies day only event, Olcott Harbor. This 4th annual ladies event will once again be held out of Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Last year over $10,000 was raised for Look Good, Feel Better as 21 teams also competed for cash prizes. (Call Stephanie at (716) 481-6388 and also log onto the event’s Facebook page.)
16 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Black Rock Canal, 16 Black Rock Harbor, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)
16-9/2 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Over $66,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario! Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN. You can also visit http://www.loc.org/ to register.
17 - Kayaks and Canoes on Cayuga Lake meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Join us for a 1-hour paddle on the tranquil waters of Cayuga Lake to experience the late summer bird migration. No experience is necessary and instructions will be provided. Following the paddle, we will visit the Buttonwood Grove Winery tasting room for wine and cheese pairings. Then, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will lead a birds of prey presentation featuring hawks and owls. The event will run rain or shine. If it rains, the paddle will become a guided birding hike at the winery. Fee: $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with solo kayak rental, $20/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)
17-25 - 43rd Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2019: A Fish Odyssey The journey continues with another great event set for 2019 – 43 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Olcott Fire Hall on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Kids are FREE in a special youth division. (For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net.)
23 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Ellicott Creek, 1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Tonawanda, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)
23-24 - The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge at Dunkirk Harbor. 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 65 boats, $500 entry fee, 6-walleye weigh-in. Registration deadline: August 1. (For information contact Jim Steel 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.)

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TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

TIP 2: FISH FOR FREE ON LAKE ONTARIO (INCLUDING THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER) AND THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER THROUGH LABOR DAY: Fish for Free on Lake Ontario (Including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River through Labor Day! Anglers must adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about fishing season dates, size limits, take limits, and other fishing requirements on DEC's website.

 

LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie walleye action continues hot this week with good catches out of all ports. Mid-day can be a little slower, but anglers are reporting some quick limits both early and late in the day. Barcelona anglers report excellent catches in 55-70 feet of water with most fish right on the bottom. Between Dunkirk and Sturgeon Point there are consistent walleye catches outside 50 feet of water. Out of Buffalo, walleye are available anywhere from 35 feet of water out to the international line, however marks and catch numbers have been consistently higher at depths of 50-55 feet. Buffalo anglers are catching fish anywhere from 25 feet down to the bottom, with the hot depth(s) fluctuating from day to day, or even time of day. Early morning anglers do well by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses at 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers were still picking up eyes with bottom bouncers in the late afternoon, but better marks and catches were coming on gear run 35-45 feet down. Lots of lunker sheepshead are hitting worm harnesses as well. Trolling at speeds closer to 2.5 mph helps to avoid sheepshead. Colder water pushed some yellow perch schools into shallower water near Dunkirk last week, and catches were good at that time. Water temps have stabilized and perch schools have been moving deeper and are still providing decent catches for those who can find the schools. Some perch are showing in 40 - 60 feet of water, however better catches are coming from deeper waters of 70-80 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. The Lake Erie Fisheries Unit will be setting cold-water nets between Dunkirk and the Pennsylvania state line this month. Please avoid trolling between or around any orange floats that you might encounter. If you do snag their gear, please contact office (716-366-0228) and they will save your gear for you.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss has eased its grip, a little, in the lower river. But still be prepared. The better walleye catches have come from near the mouth and out on the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rig and worm harness works well. Smallmouth bass are available from the upper drifts down to the bar. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. Mature king salmon are concentrated a bit closer to shore and anglers from the Niagara Bar to Rochester report consistent salmon action in 100-250 feet of water. The shallow end of that depth range is a good bet at dawn. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons run 50-100 feet down have worked well. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. The deep water zone of 350 feet plus is a good option for a mix of steelhead and smaller king salmon. Gear run in the top 50 feet is a good bet. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Anglers are picking up some muskellunge in the same areas as the walleye catches. Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.  Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Recommended colors to start with are silver and blue, red and white or chartreuse. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-75 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 150 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek, Oswego County is now open following record-high water levels on Lake Ontario. During the closure, DEC implemented several site repairs to ensure safe and convenient public access to the launch.(Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONEIDA LAKE: With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Some good reports, have been received of a lot of walleye stacked up off Edgewater on both the north and east shore drop-offs, working from the Vienna Bar down to Edgewater and off of Sylvan Beach. Those working larger lures are reporting bigger fish.  Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working shallow water (4 – 14 feet) in the Maple Bay, Billington Bay, and Fisher Bay as well as out near the islands and the dumping grounds. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been hot with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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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JULY 2019

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

 

 

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

9 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)                

9-11 - Women's Adirondack Weekend at the Adirondack Ecological Center, ESF Newcomb Campus. Items covered include: Learn the history, ecology and wildlife of the Adirondacks; Learn wilderness safety, ethics and how to row a historic guide boat; Hike to a fire tower (suitable for beginners) and enjoy educational programs and much more! Build confidence, have fun, and connect with the wilderness on this all-women, Adirondack adventure! (Cost: $190.) Registration includes lodging and meals for the weekend. Lodging is dormitory style. Limited space available, please register early. Minimum age 18. No experience needed. (Contact e-mail Ro Woodard of NY Outdoors-Women for registration and information.

10 - Annual Flea Market and Chicken BBQ at The Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association, 3201 Co Route 15, Pulaski, NY. (Flea Market – 8:00 am/BBQ – Noon). (For information call 315-387-6310.)

11 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

11 - Chautauqua Bassmasters Tournament No. 3 on Chautauqua Lake/Long Point State Park. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716-640-6915.)

16 - 4th Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament, ladies day only event, Olcott Harbor. This 4th annual ladies event will once again be held out of Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Last year over $10,000 was raised for Look Good, Feel Better as 21 teams also competed for cash prizes. (Call Stephanie at (716) 481-6388 and also log onto the event’s Facebook page.)

16 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Black Rock Canal, 16 Black Rock Harbor, Buffalo, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)

16-9/2 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Over $66,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario!  Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN.  You can also visit http://www.loc.org/ to register.

17 - Kayaks and Canoes on Cayuga Lake meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Join us for a 1-hour paddle on the tranquil waters of Cayuga Lake to experience the late summer bird migration. No experience is necessary and instructions will be provided. Following the paddle, we will visit the Buttonwood Grove Winery tasting room for wine and cheese pairings.  Then, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will lead a birds of prey presentation featuring hawks and owls. The event will run rain or shine. If it rains, the paddle will become a guided birding hike at the winery. Fee: $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with solo kayak rental, $20/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

17-25 - 43rd Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2019: A Fish Odyssey The journey continues with another great event set for 2019 – 43 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Olcott Fire Hall on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Kids are FREE in a special youth division. (For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net.) 

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*TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

*TIP 2: FISH FOR FREE ON LAKE ONTARIO (INCLUDING THE LOWER NIAGARA RIVER) AND THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER THROUGH LABOR DAY: Fish for Free on Lake Ontario (Including the Lower Niagara River) and the St. Lawrence River through Labor Day! Anglers must adhere to all applicable state and federal laws and regulations. Find information about fishing season dates, size limits, take limits, and other fishing requirements on DEC's website.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie walleye action has been hot this week with good catches out of all ports. Mid-day can be a little slower, but anglers are reporting some quick limits both early and late in the day. Barcelona anglers report excellent catches in 55-70 feet of water with most fish right on the bottom. Between Dunkirk and Sturgeon Point there are consistent walleye catches outside 50 feet of water. Out of Buffalo, walleye are available anywhere from 35 feet of water out to the international line, however marks and catch numbers have been consistently higher at depths of 50-55 feet. Buffalo anglers are catching fish anywhere from 25 feet down to the bottom, with the hot depth(s) fluctuating from day to day, or even time of day. Early morning anglers do well by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses at 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers were still picking up eyes with bottom bouncers in the late afternoon, but better marks and catches were coming on gear run 35-45 feet down. Lots of lunker sheepshead are hitting worm harnesses as well. Trolling at speeds closer to 2.5 mph helps to avoid sheepshead. Colder water pushed some yellow perch schools into shallower water near Dunkirk last week, and catches were good at that time. Water temps have stabilized and perch schools have been moving deeper and are still providing decent catches for those who can find the schools. Some perch are showing in 45-50 feet of water, however better catches are coming from deeper waters of 70-80 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss has eased its grip, a little, in the lower river. But still be prepared. The better walleye catches have come from near the mouth and out on the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rig and worm harness works well. Smallmouth bass are available from the upper drifts down to the bar. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. One of the hot spots on Lake Ontario this week has been the Niagara Bar off the mouth of the river. Fishing 50 to 90 feet down over 90 to 300 feet of water was producing plenty of mature king salmon. Some browns were starting to show up, too, but it’s been spotty. The off-shore bite is still pretty strong, too, with a mix of steelhead and king salmon being reported. The inside kings are starting to change color. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. East of Olcott to the power plant has been great for an evening bite. Large spoons, flasher-fly rigs and meat rigs have worked well. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Anglers are picking up some muskellunge in the same areas as the walleye catches. Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick.. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.  Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-75 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 150 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is still CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working shallow water (4 – 14 feet) in the Maple Bay, Billington Bay, and Fisher Bay as well as out near the islands and the dumping grounds. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been red hot with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JULY 2019 

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

 

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Isle View, 796 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)         

2-4 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament. (For information contact Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.) (LOC) Fall derby is Aug. 16 – Sept. 2. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Derby is August 22-23. Contact Capt. Jim Steel at 983-7867.

3 – Ely Fagan American Legion Post 1151 Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park at the Buyck Pavillon, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY. (7:00 – 10:30 am) Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided. Bring your own rods and bait. Register by July 6. (Ages 4 – 14 years) (For information and to register go to parksandrecreation.henrietta.org.)

3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

9 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)                

9-11 - Women's Adirondack Weekend at the Adirondack Ecological Center, ESF Newcomb Campus. Items covered include: Learn the history, ecology and wildlife of the Adirondacks; Learn wilderness safety, ethics and how to row a historic guide boat; Hike to a fire tower (suitable for beginners) and enjoy educational programs and much more! Build confidence, have fun, and connect with the wilderness on this all-women, Adirondack adventure! (Cost: $190.) Registration includes lodging and meals for the weekend. Lodging is dormitory style. Limited space available, please register early. Minimum age 18. No experience needed. (Contact e-mail Ro Woodard of NY Outdoors-Women for registration and information.

10 - Annual Flea Market and Chicken BBQ at The Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association, 3201 Co Route 15, Pulaski, NY. (Flea Market – 8:00 am/BBQ – Noon). (For information call 315-387-6310.)

11 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

11 - Chautauqua Bassmasters Tournament No. 3 on Chautauqua Lake/Long Point State Park. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716-640-6915.)

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TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

TIP 2: TIPS FOR BAGGING BIG CATS:  Summertime is channel cat time across America. In lakes and reservoirs, fish flat areas in 18 to 25 feet of water using shad, shrimp, dough balls,

cheese, prepared baits, nightcrawlers, and even that left over hot dog from lunch. In rivers, try the same baits around undercut banks, old hollow logs, and even slack water. Ponds are also great places to catch channel cats. Give them some time to mouth the bait and pick it up before setting the hook. My favorite part of channel cat fishing is eating them. Here’s my special recipe:

• Cut filets into bite size pieces

• Dunk them in milk

• Coat with one of  fish batters

• Drop in 325 degree peanut oil until they’re good and crisp. Dip them in shrimp sauce for some outstanding eating.

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

 

LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie walleye action has been hot this week with good catches out of all ports. Mid-day can be a little slower, but anglers are reporting some quick limits both early and late in the day. Barcelona anglers report excellent catches in 40-65 feet of water with most fish right on the bottom. Between Dunkirk and Sturgeon Point there are consistent walleye catches outside 50 feet of water. Out of Buffalo, walleye are available anywhere from 35 feet of water out to the international line, however marks and catch numbers have been consistently higher at depths of 50-55 feet. Buffalo anglers are catching fish anywhere from 25 feet down to the bottom, with the hot depth(s) fluctuating from day to day, or even time of day. Early morning anglers do well by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses at 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers were still picking up eyes with bottom bouncers in the late afternoon, but better marks and catches were coming on gear run 35-45 feet down. Lots of lunker sheepshead are hitting worm harnesses as well. Trolling at speeds closer to 2.5 mph helps to avoid sheepshead. Colder water pushed some yellow perch schools into shallower water near Dunkirk last week, and catches were good at that time. Water temps have stabilized and perch schools have been moving deeper and are still providing decent catches for those who can find the schools. Some perch are showing in 45-50 feet of water, however better catches are coming from deeper waters of 70-80 feet. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss has eased its grip, a little, in the lower river. But still be prepared. The better walleye catches have come from near the mouth and out on the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rig and worm harness works well. Smallmouth bass are available from the upper drifts down to the bar. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad.

High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore.  King salmon fishing remains spotty as fish are widely scattered. One of the hot spots on Lake Ontario this week has been the Niagara Bar off the mouth of the river. Fishing 50 to 80 feet down over 90 to 350 feet of water was producing plenty of mature king salmon. Large spoons, flasher-fly rigs and meat rigs have worked well. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Largemouth bass fishing has been very good in the weedy nearshore areas and around docks. Bass are readily hitting surface lures, as well as live shiners, plastics and spinnerbaits. Smallmouth bass are available along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. North basin anglers continue to catch decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling along weed edges out to 25 feet of water. Trolling down the deeper, middle section is a good bet for south basin walleye. Try trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm. Experiment with different blade colors to figure out a pattern on any given day. Anglers are picking up some muskellunge in the same areas as the walleye catches. Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick.. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.  Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom around the north end. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-75 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened at the beginning of the month. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 150 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Some brown drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  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. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 may be running high and muddy depending on the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman but other offerings include salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONEIDA LAKE: With the warmer waters, the key to finding good numbers of biting fish is to get in the weeds at all depths. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working shallow water (4 – 14 feet) in the Maple Bay, Billington Bay, and Fisher Bay as well as out near the islands and the dumping grounds. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been red hot with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. A boat caught on fire this past week, but everyone is okay with the help of a good samaritan and great first responders.  Not a bad reminder to double-check that all of your safety equipment is up to date and in good working order.

 For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling at 10 to 40 feet. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 100 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. 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 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. In a few weeks the channel cats will have spawned and they will be ready to bite. Fish the deep pools near Palmyra using cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. A reminder that Harborfest starts on July 25, so boat traffic will likely be increasing then. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

29-7/28 - 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby. Grand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions, $30,000 overall. (For more information, call 888-REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

 

JULY 2019 

1-31 -  Celebrate Canandaigua Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, home to the smallest island in the Finger Lakes! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

28 - Chautauqua Lake Summer Bass Team OPEN at Chautauqua Lake, Long Point State Park, 4459, Route 430 Bemus Point, NY. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716- 640-6915.)

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Free- Fishing for Kids at Isle View, 796 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY (6:00 pm) Kids, 4 – 14, learn the basics of fishing, fish ID, fishing equipment and techniques, knot tying, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Fishing poles provided. Limited to 15 kids, parents must stay on site. No fishing license required. (For information call 716-858-8355 or email Erie_County_Parks@erie.gov.)         

2-4 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament. (For information contact Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.) (LOC) Fall derby is Aug. 16 – Sept. 2. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Derby is August 22-23. Contact Capt. Jim Steel at 983-7867.

3 – Ely Fagan American Legion Post 1151 Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park at the Buyck Pavillon, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY. (7:00 – 10:30 am) Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided. Bring your own rods and bait. Register by July 6. (Ages 4 – 14 years) (For information and to register go to parksandrecreation.henrietta.org.)

3 - Montezuma Paddle Dip & Wine Sip meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We will launch boats into the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Afterwards, quench your thirst with a refreshing wine tasting at Montezuma Winery and keep the souvenir glass. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee:  $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with single kayak rental, $25/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

3 - 2019 Paddle Keuka 5K Race & Sponsorships at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the 4th year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. Pre-registration for the race will end at 9pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019. RACE CATEGORIES: Please indicate which category you will be participating in when registering. Recreational: boats up to 17 feet in length. This category is for fun, and is open to the novice paddler and less experienced racer. If your boat is primarily used for recreation (not racing), this is the category for you. Unlimited: racing boats in excess of 17 feet in length. This category is for the more experienced racer. *Race start time may be adjusted in case of inclement weather. Must be 17 years old to participate. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

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*TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

*TIP 2: 139-POUND STURGEON CAUGHT IN ONEIDA LAKE: Fisheries researchers working under a DEC-funded contract at Cornell University's Biological Field Station at Shackleton Point recently caught a 72.5-inch, 139-pound lake sturgeon.

DEC began stocking lake sturgeon in Oneida Lake in 1995, to reverse past devastating losses due to overfishing and damming of rivers, which are critical spawning habitats. Since then, DEC has stocked almost 11,000 sturgeon in Oneida Lake. Before the stocking program began, the lake sturgeon population throughout the Great Lakes region was estimated at one percent of historic levels.

This large sturgeon, estimated to be 20 years old, was one of 11 caught in a single day earlier this summer. Once captured, biologists sedate the sturgeon, measure and weigh the fish, take samples to determine age, tag it, and allow the fish to recover before releasing it back into the lake.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie walleye action has been hot this week with good catches out of all ports. Mid-day can be a little slower, but anglers are reporting some quick limits both early and late in the day. Barcelona anglers report excellent catches in 40-65 feet of water with most fish right on the bottom. Between Dunkirk and Sturgeon Point there are consistent walleye catches outside 50 feet of water. Out of Buffalo, walleye are available anywhere from 35 feet of water out to the international line, however marks and catch numbers have been consistently higher at depths of 50-55 feet. Buffalo anglers are catching fish anywhere from 25 feet down to the bottom, with the hot depth(s) fluctuating from day to day, or even time of day. On Thursday, early morning anglers did very well by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses at 1.0 to 1.5 mph. Anglers were still picking up eyes with bottom bouncers in the late afternoon, but better marks and catches were coming on gear run 35-45 feet down. Lots of lunker sheepshead are hitting worm harnesses as well. Colder water pushed some yellow perch schools into shallower water near Dunkirk last week, and catches were good at that time. Water temps have stabilized and perch schools have been moving deeper and are still providing decent catches for those who can find the schools. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 25-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large stickbaits or 8-10 inch tube jigs. The Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. Be prepared. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon fishing remains spotty as fish are widely scattered. However, anglers are reporting more kings over the 20 pound mark lately. Search around for pods of bait and fish, and then try to stay with them. Off Niagara County, anglers are catching king salmon anywhere from 200 to over 450 feet of water in the top 90 feet of water column. At depths over 300 feet of water, gear run in the top 50 feet has produced a decent mix of steelhead and kings of various sizes. Closer to the Niagara Bar, the king salmon bite has been a bit more consistent in 100-200 feet of water on gear run 30-50 feet down. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are good king salmon offerings. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. The current grand prize leader is Chris Mandell of Spencerport with a 29-pound, 6-ounce king caught out of Rochester. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Anglers were seeing a good walleye bite around the north basin from the weedline out to 25 feet of water. Trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm have been productive. In the south basin, trolling around the deeper, middle section has been productive. The largemouth bass bite has been very good around weedbeds and docks. In addition to productive bass offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and live shiners, bass were now also hitting surface lures. Some guys tweek  their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? The decimation of the weed growth has piled up walleye and crappie wherever they can find cover. Crappie no longer have optimum weed beds after the algaecide spraying and anglers are reporting that the crappie are stacked up under any shoreline structure especially docks. Yellow perch fishing has also improved on Chautauqua lake but there have been a lot of smaller sized fish. Anglers are picking up some muskellunge in the same areas as the walleye catches. Large, 6 to 8 inch stickbaits and jerkbaits are good bets for musky. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (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 area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal to trout. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on and weeds are getting thick.. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Be prepared for a thick algae bloom. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-60 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened on Wednesday, July 3rd. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. 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. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 may be running high and muddy depending on the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman but other offerings include salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a fair perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working some more shallow water in the South Bay/Lewis Point area on black and purple bucktails. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been red hot with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines. The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

News on the lake - a 139-pound sturgeon was caught on Oneida Lake by a research team from Cornell.  The 72.5-inch long beast is believed to be one of the 320 stocked on Oneida Lake from 1999.  The 139-pound sturgeon is the largest recorded from Oneida Lake since stocking began. The sturgeon was tagged and measured before it was released back into the lake. Remember that New York classifies sturgeon as a threatened species. To help continue the restoration program’s continued success, all anglers who catch sturgeon in Oneida Lake should do the following:

1. Handle the fish with extreme care.   If it has ingested the hook, cut the line. Never rip out an internally embedded hook.

2. Measure the length of the fish.

3. Note where you caught the sturgeon.

4. Check for tags.  Sturgeon are tracked with small yellow tags, inserted at the dorsal fin’s base (the fin on top of the fish).  If your fish has a tag, record the number, please do not remove the tag.

5. Release the fish immediately.  Remember, sturgeon are classified as “threatened” and must be returned to the water.

6. Call the Cornell Field Station and report your data.  The facility’s number is 315-633-9243.

Angler cooperation can enhance the restoration program, thus helping to create new fishing opportunities on Oneida Lake. 

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 300 feet, down 50 to 75 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. 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 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer. The largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. In a few weeks the channel cats will have spawned and they will be ready to bite. Fish the deep pools near Palmyra using cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is effective at night for walleye. A reminder that Harborfest starts next week on July 25, so boat traffic will likely be increasing then. 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

29-7/28 - 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby. Grand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions, $30,000 overall. (For more information, call 888-REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

 

JULY 2019 

19-20 - 9th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby.  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-435-4137 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

20 - 16th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association King Salmon Tournament, Olcott, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. (For information/register (Deadline July 17 at 6:00 pm) go to www.lotsa1.org.)

20 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Debbie Lyon, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Program Director, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

22-26 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Fisheries Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)Fisheries Camp participants will learn from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Biologists about safe fishing practices through hands-on and fun experiences while fishing for trout, panfish, bass and more around the Finger Lakes Region. Activities will include a trip to Powder Mills Park, canoeing around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, invasive species management projects, fly fishing demonstrations and a trip to Savannah Dhu. (For ages 11 – 15) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

28 - Chautauqua Lake Summer Bass Team OPEN at Chautauqua Lake, Long Point State Park, 4459, Route 430 Bemus Point, NY. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716- 640-6915.)

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TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

TIP 2: WHERE'S WALLEYE?:  Tips For Finding Their Summertime Hangouts: A walleye’s metabolism rises with the water temperature in summer and that means they need to eat more, not less. Most walleye anglers use leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water during this time of year. But, also try finding them where they are suspending with baitfish or prowling

around on shallow reefs, weedbeds, shorelines, and points. These are all primary locations for catching walleyes in summer. Using tactics you would use to catch bass will put you on active walleye quicker and help you put more of them in the boat during summer. A plate full of hot, fried walleye will help make that summer cookout even better.

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

basspro.com.)

 

LAKE ERIE: Walleye seem to be scattered but once located, anglers are getting limit catches. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 45-70 feet are a good bet for walleye of mixed sizes. The walleye bite has been a little slower between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point, with most effort in 45-60 feet of water. Near Buffalo, the better bite has been in deeper waters of 50-55 feet near the international line. The top techniques in all areas has been slow trolling (1 mph or less) and bottom bouncing with a worm harness or by trolling stickbaits and harnesses in the bottom half of water column. Don't overlook reef areas when searching for walleye. Anglers typically catch walleye around the deeper edges of reefs by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. There has been an uptick in yellow perch catches off Cattaraugus Creek in 52-60 feet of water, but searching around for perch pods on the bottom is necessary. There have also been some recent perch catches off Dunkirk Harbor in 35-45 feet of water. Emerald shiners, golden shiners and salted shiners are good perch baits. Best perch baits for one angler have been gold and orange Ram and Colorado blades on a worm harness, behind two to three colors of lead core line off boards over 50 to 80 feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing is tapering off in the harbors as post-spawn bass return to the lake. In the open lake, anglers can target smallmouth bass in 20-35 feet of water, from Buffalo to Barcelona. The key is to find rocky bottom structure like reefs, rock piles and drop-offs. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Musky season is open on the Great Lakes and the Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river and the fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. Be prepared. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon are becoming a bit more scattered and small bait pods are constantly moving too. This has resulted in hit or miss fishing recently, with limits for some and a skunking for others. Out of Wilson, trollers have located kings at depths of 80-120 feet of water and in 200-350 feet of water. Off Olcott, kings are scattered between 60-350 feet of water. Fish are scattered within the water column too, from 100 feet down to just below the surface. However, anglers are reporting lots of marks and catches in the top 20 feet. Over deeper water, there have been fair numbers of steelhead catches mixed in. Magnum and super slim trolling spoons were the best lures. Yellows, greens, combos were the best colors. Some meat and flasher-fly but it was mostly a spoon bite. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Anglers were seeing a good walleye bite around the north basin from the weedline out to 25 feet of water. Trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm have been productive. In the south basin, trolling around the deeper, middle section has been productive. The largemouth bass bite has been very good around weedbeds and docks. In addition to productive bass offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and live shiners, bass were now also hitting surface lures. The decimation of the weed growth has piled up walleye and crappie wherever they can find cover. Crappie no longer have optimum weed beds after the algaecide spraying and anglers are reporting that the crappie are stacked up under any shoreline structure especially docks. Anglers are seeing a good walleye bite around the north basin from the weedline out to 25 feet of water. Trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm have been productive. In the south basin, trolling around the deeper, middle section has been productive. The largemouth bass bite has been very good around weed beds and docks. In addition to productive bass offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and live shiners, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Some guys tweek  their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some area trout streams are currently high but most are in good fishing shape. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. If the water gets turbid add worm rattles or use baits that create vibration or noise and your strike count will increase. The late afternoon to evening bite has been the most productive.

 Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 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. 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. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (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: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. 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. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (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 good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 35-60 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (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 Sampson marina and launch reopened on Wednesday, July 3rd. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting 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. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (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: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake Tuesday. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 60 to 85 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. 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. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level, also, water fleas are being a nuisance for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. 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 the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. 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. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (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.) (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 may be running high and muddy depending on the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman but other offerings include salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  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: Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Walleye, pike and bass are legal but no reports on the action. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. Also for something different try for gar. Fishing live or dead bait is much more productive than artificials in general and night fishing is a good way to catch them.  Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. This week bottom bouncing was hot.  Focus on 25-30 FOW, gold and black was killer along with pink, purple, and silver. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working some more shallow water in the South Bay/Lewis Point area on black and purple bucktails.  The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. The drop off from Godfrey Point to North Bay has also been red hot with sizable perch mixed in.  Blades have still been producing along with glide baits.  Focus on the points and dropoffs in as shallow as 10 FOW all the way out to 25 FOW.  Dark colors with flash seemed to be the key ingredient this week so good luck and tight lines.The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 340 feet, down 60 to 70 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. 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 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. It’s now all warm water species. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer. The largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits and wacky worm rigs near the points on Sodus Bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. In a few weeks the channel cats will have spawned and they will be ready to bite. Fish the deep pools near Palmyra using cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (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:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer 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 finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (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 the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

29-7/28 - 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer DerbyGrand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions, $30,000 overall. (For more information, call 888-REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

  

JULY 2019 

13 – 24th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of (8:00 – 11:00 am) Awards will follow. (For information call Dennis Stroberl at 716-861-5687.)  

13 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm)  ($60.00 for one or two-person teams.) Best 5 fish. (Pay at the launch.)

14 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

19-20 - 9th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby.  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-435-4137 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

20 - 16th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association King Salmon Tournament, Olcott, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. (For information/register (Deadline July 17 at 6:00 pm) go to www.lotsa.org.)

20 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Debbie Lyon, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Program Director, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

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*TIP: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

*TIP #2: HOT WEATHER FISHING: Anglers can help trout and salmon by taking the following precautions during warm-weather fishing trips:

> Avoid catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout on hot days. Trout already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death no matter how carefully they are handled;

> Do not disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers. It is likely these fish are recovering from heat stress in a pocket of cold water;

> Fish early in the day. Stream temperatures are at their coolest in the early morning hours;

> Have Plan B ready. Always have an alternate fishing plan in case water temperatures are too high at the intended destination. Consider fishing a water body less prone to heat stress or fishing for more heat-tolerant species, like small and largemouth bass.

 

*TIP #3: The Sampson marina and launch on Seneca Lake reopened on Wednesday, July 3rd.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Walleye seem to be scattered but once located, anglers are getting limit catches. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 45-70 feet are a good bet for walleye of mixed sizes. The walleye bite has been a little slower between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point, with most effort in 45-60 feet of water. Near Buffalo, the better bite has been in deeper waters of 50-55 feet near the international line. The top techniques in all areas has been slow trolling (1 mph or less) and bottom bouncing with a worm harness or by trolling stickbaits and harnesses in the bottom half of water column. Don't overlook reef areas when searching for walleye. Anglers typically catch walleye around the deeper edges of reefs by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. There has been an uptick in yellow perch catches off Cattaraugus Creek in 52-60 feet of water, but searching around for perch pods on the bottom is necessary. There have also been some recent perch catches off Dunkirk Harbor in 35-45 feet of water. Emerald shiners, golden shiners and salted shiners are good perch baits. Smallmouth bass fishing is tapering off in the harbors as post-spawn bass return to the lake. In the open lake, anglers can target smallmouth bass in 20-35 feet of water, from Buffalo to Barcelona. The key is to find rocky bottom structure like reefs, rock piles and drop-offs. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low 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.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Musky season is open on the Great Lakes and the Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target. The bad news is the moss (filamentous algae) is back in portions of the river.

The fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. Be prepared. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. High water levels are making fishing tricky in the Devil’s Hole area and the NYPA fishing platform is under water. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. 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: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon are becoming a bit more scattered and small bait pods are constantly moving too. This has resulted in hit or miss fishing recently, with limits for some and a skunking for others. Out of Wilson, trollers have located kings at depths of 80-120 feet of water and in 200-350 feet of water. Off Olcott, kings are scattered between 60-350 feet of water. Fish are scattered within the water column too, from 100 feet down to just below the surface. However, anglers are reporting lots of marks and catches in the top 20 feet. Over deeper water, there have been fair numbers of steelhead catches mixed in. Magnum and super slim trolling spoons were the best lures. Yellows, greens, combos were the best colors. Some meat and flasher-fly but it was mostly a spoon bite. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. 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. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: All Lake Ontario creeks are at high but fishable levels at present, but rain will surely have levels on the rise. Occasional trout and salmon are available for casters at pier sites but be careful of the high wave action. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams. Good action for bass and panfish is reported at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The decimation of the weed growth has piled up walleye and crappie wherever they can find cover. Crappie no longer have optimum weed beds after the algaecide spraying and anglers are reporting that the crappie are stacked up under any shoreline structure especially docks. Anglers are seeing a good walleye bite around the north basin from the weedline out to 25 feet of water. Trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm have been productive. In the south basin, trolling around the deeper, middle section has been productive. The largemouth bass bite has been very good around weed beds and docks. In addition to productive bass offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and live shiners, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Some guys tweek  their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some area trout streams are currently high but most are in good fishing shape. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. 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, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (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: 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. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (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: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in 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.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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.)