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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

11 – 9 - 18   

 

*TIP: FREE FISHING DAY: Veteran's Day, Sunday, November 11th, is a designated free fishing day in New York State. No fishing license is required, making it a perfect day to see how fun fishing can be. Anglers must still abide by NY fishing regulations during the free fishing day.

 

*TIP #2: The regular big game season opens in the Southern Zone next Saturday, Nov. 17. It might not be a bad idea to wear an orange hat when you go fishing.

 

*TIP #3: A reminder - from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Windy weather has limited outings on the open lake this past week. When conditions have permitted, anglers were catching fair numbers of yellow perch, including the occasional limit catch, off Cattaraugus Creek to Evangola State Park in 55 – 65 fow. Perch schools are small, scattered and finicky, so expect to work for them. Some emerald shiners are available at Broderick Park, but dippers have had to work for them. Other small minnows or salted shiners will also work. Anglers are still catching walleye from Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line in 50 - 70 fow. The open-lake fishing season was winding down, but walleye were still readily available. Barcelona and Dunkirk trollers have seen good walleye action in 80 to 100 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, the walleye bite was best in 30 - 70 feet of water. Buffalo anglers are catching mostly short walleye around the south gap. Stickbaits and worm harnesses work well. Bottom bouncing or casting weight forward spinners around rocky reef structure inside 50 feet of water has produced some walleye catches as well. Anglers are seeing decent smallmouth bass action in 20 to 40 feet of water around rocky structure. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar, Sturgeon Point and Van Buren Reef. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or crayfish works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Lake trout are an underutilized species in Lake Erie that had been active outside 75 feet of water, from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rainstorms bumped up flows on the Lake Erie tributaries to higher levels. These flow surges should have triggered the first significant influx of steelhead into the streams. Creeks have been dropping back fast and all streams except Cattaraugus Creek are options this weekend. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are experiencing muddy conditions that were blown in by the recent high winds. Once things settle, look some good fishing. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. November is traditionally a top month to target muskellunge in the upper river and fishing has picked up. Target musky by using a three-way rig involving live bait, casting large stickbaits or by drifting and jigging large (8"-10") tube jigs. Trolling around the outer Buffalo Harbor and breakwall gaps can sometimes produce a musky catch.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower Niagara River fishing is switching from salmon to trout, and some lake trout (season closed) are starting to move in. That, however, will be put on hold for the boat drifters because of turbid conditions. Anglers are catching good numbers of trout up in the gorge. Target steelhead by drifting the Devil’s Hole by boat or from shore at Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool state parks. MagLips and beads have been best for trout or  egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs with plastics fished under a float or casting medium-sized spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. Tossing jigs and No. 4 spinners to take salmon, walleye, steelhead and lake trout (release quickly and unharmed) off the New York Power Authority Fishing Platform.The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk until December 1st, if we don’t see any snow and ice. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good near Lewiston for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Recent weather patterns scattered the fish in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. Look for some trout action at the Niagara Bar and at the mouths of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and the Genesee River. Action is usually best at dawn and the bite picks up again near dusk. Flasher-fly combos, J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas and large spoons are good lures. A fair number of pike, perch and bass are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Tributary waters are generally high and stained but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to catch both salmon and trout. Fishing is productive on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. At the Oak, decent numbers of salmon and trout are showing at the dam, and fair numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead are spread out in the walkable section. Eighteenmile Creek has modest numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead showing at Fisherman's Park. The small to medium streams from Johnson Creek to Rochester got a little bump in flow and range from moderate to low. Some fish are moving up those streams. Fourmile Creek has very low flow and the Twelvemile system is practically dry. Genesee River is running high. Bait or lure colors keep changing from day to day because of the water conditions. Once conditions stabilize skein, egg sacs or egg imitations will be the way to go. Maribou jigs and beads will also work. Chartreuse, orange and pink egg sacs have been working, along with nymphs, glo bugs and woolly buggers in purples, browns and blacks. Peach and orange beads have been catching fish, too.  Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Firetiger or blue-silver are color patterns working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Fishing pressure is definitely intense at times but less now through the mid week period and even less come Saturday – the start of deer season. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed and anglers have to work more for them. Stick to working weedlines during low light periods. Try around Bemus Point and the Stow ferry on both sides of the lake. Other good places to try are Cheney’s Point (a mile south of the bridge on the west side), Lakewood Beach, Long Point State Park and Mayville Park. During the day, try for walleye in the deeper holes. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 15-to-30-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have brought area stream levels up, cooled water temps and muddied waters. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. 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 in-line spinners. Remember, the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Pike and bass are providing some action in the shallows of the lake. Rapalas, spoons and spinnerbaits are all working. The north end is a pike hot spot. A big chub under a bobber floated over weed beds is a good bet but since recent cool evenings kicked in, spoons, spinners and spinner baits have been more effective. A few walleyes have been picked up just before sunset in the shallows as well as the pike. Try casting husky jerks and other stickbait lures. Then use a very slow retrieve. The better spot is the east side from Stella Maris to the northeast corner. Good numbers of perch, crappie, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: 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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. The lake has also been producing bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try for bluegills and sunnies using worms and grubs on ice jigs under bobbers. Also try for yellow perch (especially Lamoka), crappies, rockbass, pickerel and largemouth with minnows and pink tube jigs tipped with fatheads. Green pumpkin is another hot color for the bass. Most action is reported in the 4 to 15 foot level. Also get out those LARGE (51/2 to 8 inch) plugs for musky, they are a little more active. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 70 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Watkins Glen are getting into good pike action using spoons, swimbaits, and stickbaits. Reports are many of the pike have signs of lamprey attacks, though the wounds for the most part didn't look very fresh. Anglers are also getting into some perch and smallmouth bass. The Sampson State Park boat launch is closed as it will be worked on over the winter. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Heavy rain should have helped to bring some brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are usually good bait choices. Please review the Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations before heading to the streams. The Mud Lock boat launch is closed due to construction as improvements are being made. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits 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. The docks are now out at the state sites. (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: Last week's major rain event should have helped to bring some brown trout, and maybe some rainbow trout, into the Inlet. Egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are usually good bait choices. Please review the Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations before heading to the streams. Out on the lake, 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. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for the tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water. Fish the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. The lake is way lower than normal, so use caution when boating. (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: Most inland trout streams in the area are in fair shape but may be running high depending on rains. For fly fishermen terrestrials are on the menu. Ant dry flies, foam beetles, grasshopper and cricket patterns will take fish. Fish these patterns on a dead drift, giving it 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. 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. A few trout reports have come from the Finger Lakes tribs but not many. Again the rains may change that quickly. Remember the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: The fall shore walleye bite has picked up with the arrival of cooler weather. Some anglers were getting a few from shore just before and after dark. Bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). Keep an eye out for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

At the South Shore boat launch on Oneida Lake, east of the Hamlet of Bridgeport, the first layer of asphalt has been put down on the South Shore boat launch access road. A top coat still needs to be applied, at the current time (10/26) no date has been scheduled for that. The launch is open at this time but the docks have been removed. The Lewis Point fishing access location is now open for the season.  If you have any questions concerning the site, please direct them to the DEC Region 7 Fisheries Office (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or fwfish7@dec.ny.gov .

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is winding down for the season. There are a few browns close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers, though, with salmon and trout being caught. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs.

For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is ongoing with king catches and some steelhead also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is finally flowing. It has been raining everyday except today, so there is finally some water movement in the stream. There were anglers fishing the south end of the creek. Salmon Creek in Pultneyville has fish and Bear Creek in Ontario have kings and browns. Throw-out the egg sacs. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The perch are in Sodus and Port Bays, hitting Power Bait shad 2 to 3 inches. Or throw out some jigs tipped with spikes. The perch are running 10 to 12 inches and are schooling near the drop-offs in both bays. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The water level in the bays is low so make sure you are careful launching your boat. On Canal waters bass fishing has been excellent. They’re hitting any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat- fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers for salmon 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 well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Remember snagging is illegal and only the Conservation Officers benefit if you use snatch hooks and they are watching. Boaters have good opportunity to catch kings that are holding in the lower, slack water sections of the Genesee River. Trolling with stickbaits (where possible) or casting and retrieving stickbaits are good methods. However, the salmon run is just started, so king salmon should continue to pass the pier heads for the next couple weeks. Steelhead and brown trout are available at pier sites as well. Target salmon at night by casting heavy glow spoons or by fishing treated skein under a float. Casting medium sized spoons is a better bet for trout during low light periods. Keep in mind that in the sections of these waterways between the bridge closest to the stream mouth, upstream to the first impassible barrier, any lure that has more than one hook point must float while at rest. Keep an eye on Irondequoit Creek. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. As the waters cool that action should improve. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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: Salmon and steelhead are spread out from top to bottom of the river but high water is hindering fishing. Before high water - in the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  The annual salmon egg take will be starting on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. It typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM, weekdays only. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: More salmon, and increasing numbers of brown trout and steelhead have made their way into the river but the river has been running high with recent rain events. This flow makes shore fishing difficult, but there are still some steelhead and brown trout being taken. Once the flow recedes try skein or egg-imitating baits off the wall and by the dam. Float fishing skein and beads has been the ticket off the wall for salmon and trout, while egg sacs, artificial eggs and flies have gotten it done at the dam. In the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies is working. Anglers also take a few walleye with large stickbaits and some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with tube jigs or stickbaits (like Rapala Husky jerks) in the deeper holes. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. A more specific report for the Chemung: The section between Waverly and Elmira has been good early in the morning. A mixed bag of smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish are being taken on stickworms (Senko style baits) or spinners. White has been a good color for the stickworms and black/silver or perch colored for the spinners. (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 )

Surplus Broodstock Trout Stocking: DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery has completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. Each water was stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout, brown trout and/or brook trout ranging between 14-28 inches. The following waters were stocked in mid to late-October: Redhouse Lake, Quaker Lake, New Albion Lake, Case Lake, Harwood Lake, Allen Lake and the Genesee River (between Wellsville and the PA line).

 

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

NOVEMBER 2018 

10 - Arcadia Bass Anglers 2018 Die Hard Series Tournament – Keuka Lake at the Keuka Lake State Park Launch. Also open to Lake fishing. (7:30 am – 3:30 pm) (Entry fee: $60.00) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)

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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: A reminder - from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide.

 

TIP #3: FREE FISHING DAY: Veteran's Day, Sunday, November 11th, is a designated free fishing day in New York State. No fishing license is required, making it a perfect day to see how fun fishing can be. Anglers must still abide by NY fishing regulations during the free fishing day.

 

LAKE ERIE: Offshore fishing might be done for the 2018 season until the ice comes. Open lake fishing effort is dropping off, but a few anglers with boats still on the water continued to enjoy walleye angling. From Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line, anglers reported fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seemed to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. Depths of 60-100 feet of water were productive with most strikes coming at 40-50 feet down for 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has slowed. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches were at depths of around 50 feet. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rainstorms bumped up flows on the Lake Erie tributaries to higher levels. These flow surges should have triggered the first significant influx of steelhead into the streams. Creeks have been dropping back fast and all streams except Cattaraugus Creek are options this weekend. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. November is traditionally a top month to target muskellunge in the upper river. Target musky by casting large stickbaits or by drifting and jigging large (8"-10") tube jigs. Trolling around the outer Buffalo Harbor and breakwall gaps can sometimes produce a musky catch.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers are catching decent numbers of king salmon up in the gorge, along with increasing numbers of trout. Target king salmon by drifting the Devil’s Hole by boat or from shore at Devil’s Hole and Whirlpool state parks. Cured salmon skein is the top salmon bait for drifters, and shore anglers connect by casting large spoons and spinners or by drifting skein under a float. Steelhead generally show in good numbers at those spots, but are also available along Artpark State Park. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs with plastics fished under a float or casting medium-sized spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk. Lake trout season closed October 1st. Incidentally caught lakers should be quickly returned to the water. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good near Lewiston for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: There are still some trollers out in the lake but the lake fishing has slowed down as salmon are entering the rivers. Target staging kings inside 30 feet of water off creek/harbor mouths during low light periods. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Anglers are also finding some active brown trout and steelhead in the 20 - 40 foot level over deeper water. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well. Anglers have been catching fair numbers of salmon and trout from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Tributary fishing is picking up, primarily on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Conditions are good at the Oak, with upper moderate flow and good color. Decent numbers of salmon and trout are showing at the dam, and fair numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead are spread out in the walkable section. Eighteenmile Creek has slightly lower flow. There are very modest numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead showing at Fisherman's Park. The small to medium streams from Johnson Creek to Rochester got a little bump in flow and range from moderate to low. Some fish are moving up those streams. Fourmile Creek has very low flow and the Twelvemile system is practically dry. Genesee River is running high. Skein, egg sacs or egg imitations are the way to go. Maribou jigs and beads are also working. Chartreuse, orange and pink egg sacs have been working, along with nymphs, glo bugs and woolly buggers in purples, browns and blacks. Peach and orange beads have been catching fish, too.  Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Firetiger or blue-silver are color patterns working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed and anglers have to work more for them. Stick to working weedlines during low light periods in the north basin. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 15-to-30-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines at around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-30 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have brought area stream levels up, cooled water temps and muddied waters. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. 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 in-line spinners. Remember, the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Pike and bass are providing some action in the shallows of the lake. Rapalas, spoons and spinnerbaits are all working. The north end is a pike hot spot. A big chub under a bobber floated over weed beds is a good bet but since recent cool evenings kicked in, spoons, spinners and spinner baits have been more effective. A few walleyes have been picked up just before sunset in the shallows as well as the pike. Try casting husky jerks and other stickbait lures. Then use a very slow retrieve. The better spot is the east side from Stella Maris to the northeast corner. Good numbers of perch, crappie, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: 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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. The lake has also been producing bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try for bluegills and sunnies using worms and grubs on ice jigs under bobbers. Also try for yellow perch (especially Lamoka), crappies, rockbass, pickerel and largemouth with minnows and pink tube jigs tipped with fatheads. Green pumpkin is another hot color for the bass. Most action is reported in the 4 to 15 foot level. Also get out those LARGE (51/2 to 8 inch) plugs for musky, they are a little more active. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 70 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

SENECA LAKE: Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Watkins Glen are getting into good pike action using spoons, swimbaits, and stickbaits. Reports are many of the pike have signs of lamprey attacks, though the wounds for the most part didn't look very fresh. Anglers are also getting into some perch and smallmouth bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits 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. (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: 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for the tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water. Fish the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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: Most inland trout streams in the area are in good shape but may change depending on rains this week. For fly fishermen terrestrials are on the menu. Ant dry flies, foam beetles, grasshopper and cricket patterns will take fish. Fish these patterns on a dead drift, giving it 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. 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. A few trout reports have come from the Finger Lakes tribs but not many. Again the rains may change that quickly. Remember the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

ONEIDA LAKE: The fall shore walleye bite has picked up with the arrival of cooler weather. Some anglers were getting a few from shore just before and after dark. Bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). Keep an eye out for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

At the South Shore boat launch on Oneida Lake, east of the Hamlet of Bridgeport, the first layer of asphalt has been put down on the South Shore boat launch access road. A top coat still needs to be applied, at the current time (10/26) no date has been scheduled for that. The launch is open at this time. If you have any questions concerning the site, please direct them to the DEC Region 7 Fisheries Office (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or fwfish7@dec.ny.gov .

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Chinook salmon fishing has slowed in the lake, as fish are starting to make their way up the tribs. Some salmon are being found in shallow with cut-bait, j-plugs, spoons and flashers and flies all working depending on the day. Green and white have been good colors to start with. Brown trout can be found in shallow, also, and have provided consistent early AM catches. Best tactic is to spread your baits out within the water column from the surface to the bottom. Leadcore has been effective. Spoons in natural colors have been good. Stingers and stingray sizes have been good in UV tux, black wiggler, emerald shiner and when the sun is up brighter patterns. If surface conditions are calm try using side planers to get the stickbaits away from the boat. Steelhead are hitting 20 - 50 feet down. They’re being taken on small spoons (red has been a good color). As with the brown trout, early morning has been better for the salmon as well. Bass fishing is great with big numbers concentrating from 10 - 30 FOW. Live bait, jigs, trolling stickbaits – just about any application will work for bass. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is ongoing with king catches and some steelhead also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is finally flowing. It has been raining everyday except today, so there is finally some water movement in the stream. There were anglers fishing the south end of the creek this afternoon. Salmon Creek in Pultneyville has fish and Bear Creek in Ontario have kings and browns. Throw-out the egg sacs. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The perch are in Sodus and Port Bays, hitting Power Bait shad 2 to 3 inches. Or throw out some jigs tipped with spikes. The perch are running 10 to 12 inches and are schooling near the drop-offs in both bays. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The water level in the bays is low so make sure you are careful launching your boat. On Canal waters bass fishing has been excellent. They’re hitting any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat- fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers for salmon 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 well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Remember snagging is illegal and only the Conservation Officers benefit if you use snatch hooks and they are watching. Boaters have good opportunity to catch kings that are holding in the lower, slack water sections of the Genesee River. Trolling with stickbaits (where possible) or casting and retrieving stickbaits are good methods. However, the salmon run is just started, so king salmon should continue to pass the pier heads for the next couple weeks. Steelhead and brown trout are available at pier sites as well. Target salmon at night by casting heavy glow spoons or by fishing treated skein under a float. Casting medium sized spoons is a better bet for trout during low light periods. Keep in mind that in the sections of these waterways between the bridge closest to the stream mouth, upstream to the first impassible barrier, any lure that has more than one hook point must float while at rest. Keep an eye on Irondequoit Creek. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. As the waters cool that action should improve. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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: Salmon and steelhead are spread out from top to bottom of the river. Fishing early or late in the day seemed to be best at the moment, but the remaining time isn’t that far off. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  The annual salmon egg take will be starting on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. It typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM, weekdays only. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: More salmon, and increasing numbers of brown trout and steelhead have made their way into the river and are being taken on skein or egg-imitating baits off the wall and by the dam. Float fishing skein and beads has been the ticket off the wall for salmon and trout, while egg sacs, artificial eggs and flies have gotten it done at the dam. In the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies is working. Anglers also take a few walleye with large stickbaits and some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

Surplus Broodstock Trout Stocking: DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery has completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. Each water was stocked with hundreds of rainbow trout, brown trout and/or brook trout ranging between 14-28 inches. The following waters were stocked in mid to late-October: Redhouse Lake, Quaker Lake, New Albion Lake, Case Lake, Harwood Lake, Allen Lake and the Genesee River (between Wellsville and the PA line).

 

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

NOVEMBER 2018 

3 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Oneida Lake (Stone Cold Open) (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

3 - Arcadia Bass Anglers 2018 Die Hard Series Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. Also open to Lake fishing. (7:30 am – 3:30 pm) (Entry fee: $60.00) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

3-4 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY (Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun. 9:00am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $5.00/12 and under free) (150 Tables) Fire Arms, Ammo, Hunting and Fishing Supplies (New & Old ). All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (For information call Jim Miller 716-938-6928, email lvsc1982@yahoo.com or go to http://www.lvvfd.com)

4 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake Tuff Guy III (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

7 - Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Dr, Depew, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share information on funding and resources, key project updates and collaborative opportunities relevant to sub basin work plans and discuss progress of EBM demonstration area watersheds and identify next steps. (For information contact Shannon Dougherty at 716-851-7070 or email Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov)  

8 -  Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Watershed Education Center, 5828 Big Tree Rd, Lakeville, NY (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share information on funding and resources, key project updates and collaborative opportunities relevant to sub basin work plans and discuss progress of EBM demonstration area watersheds and identify next steps. (For information contact Shannon Dougherty at 716-851-7070 or email Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov)

10 - Arcadia Bass Anglers 2018 Die Hard Series Tournament – Keuka Lake at the Keuka Lake State Park Launch. Also open to Lake fishing. (7:30 am – 3:30 pm) (Entry fee: $60.00) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

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*TIP: DEC announced that the South Shore boat launch on Oneida Lake east of the Hamlet of Bridgeport will be closed temporarily to allow the paving of the access drive. The site is expected to be closed for up to eight days beginning October 18.

 

*TIP #2: 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 #3: SEASON CHANGE: October 15 - Regular State Trout Season Closed (See fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31.)

*LAKE ERIE: Open lake fishing effort is starting to drop off, but anglers continued to enjoy an exceptional walleye angling. From Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line, anglers reported constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seemed to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. Depths of 60-100 feet of water were productive with most strikes coming at 40-50 feet down for lots of 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Dunkirk area anglers saw the best walleye action at around 80 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Barcelona anglers are catching limits of walleye in 80-92 feet of water with again a steelhead or two mixed in, per boat. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did very well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has slowed. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches were at depths of around 50 feet. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rainstorms bumped up flows on the Lake Erie tributaries to higher levels. These flow surges should have triggered the first significant influx of steelhead into the streams. Creeks have been dropping back fast and all streams except Cattaraugus Creek are options this weekend. Today's moderate flows will likely give way to slightly lower flows by tomorrow. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass and perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges and bottom structure with large tube jigs or stickbaits.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good to very good for salmon in the Devil’s Hole area for boaters drifting globs of treated egg skein and fished with a three-way rig. Shore casters are also placing skein under a float to pick fish up, but spoons, spinners and rattlebaits will also produce fish. Glow in the dark Booker Lil Gem spoons are working for kings under low light conditions from shore and salmon are being caught all the way up to the whirlpool. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching decent numbers of kings and shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are also starting to report catches. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good near Lewiston for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: There are still some trollers out in the lake but the lake fishing is slowing down as salmon are entering the rivers. Target staging kings inside 30 feet of water off creek/harbor mouths during low light periods. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Some kings are still hitting in 200 feet of water if you still have a boat in the water. They are being found down 50 to 60 feet. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown trout and steelhead in the 20 - 40 foot level over deeper water. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well. Anglers have been catching fair numbers of king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some very slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Tributary fishing is picking up, primarily on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Conditions are good at the Oak, with upper moderate flow and good color. Decent numbers of king salmon are showing at the dam, and fair numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead are spread out in the walkable section. Eighteenmile Creek has slightly lower flow. There are very modest numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead showing at Fisherman's Park. The small to medium streams from Johnson Creek to Rochester got a little bump in flow and range from moderate to low. Some fish are moving up those streams. Fourmile Creek has very low flow and the Twelvemile system is practically dry. Genesee River is running high. Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Firetiger or blue-silver are color patterns working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed and anglers have to work more for them. Stick to working weedlines during low light periods in the north basin. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 15-to-30-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines at around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-30 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have brought area stream levels up, cooled water temps and muddied waters. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. 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 in-line spinners. Remember, the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. The best bass action is reported at the south end in 6 – 15 feet of water. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. The lake has also been producing bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Some crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 70 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: Still watch out for debris on the lake. Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: There are still debris floating around, so keep your eyes open. The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits 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. (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: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for the tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water. Fish the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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 fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Rain has kept some of the streams running high. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. No significant fly hatches happening 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. Remember the regular trout season closed on the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Definite fall temperatures have moved in with highs in the 50s. With this temperature change look for an increase in shoreline walleye night bite. The most active time is likely just before and after dark. Some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). Keep an eye out for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

The South Shore boat launch on Oneida Lake east of the Hamlet of Bridgeport will be closed temporarily to allow the paving of the access drive. The site is expected to be closed for up to eight days beginning October 18. 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.

If you have any questions concerning the closure of the site, please direct them to the DEC Region 7 Fisheries Office (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or fwfish7@dec.ny.gov .

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Chinook salmon fishing has slowed in the lake, as fish are starting to make their way up the tribs. Salmon are being found in shallow with cut-bait, j-plugs, spoons and flashers and flies all working depending on the day. Some specific lures mentioned in one report - #4 J-plugs, Michigan Stingers and A-Tom-Mik hammer flies. Green and white have been good colors to start with. Brown trout can be found in in shallow, also, and have provided consistent early AM catches. Best tactic is to spread your baits out within the water column from the surface to the bottom. Leadcore has been effective. Spoons in natural colors have been good. Stingers and stingray sizes have been good in UV tux, black wiggler, emerald shiner and when the sun is up brighter patterns. If surface conditions are calm try using side planers to get the stickbaits away from the boat. Steelhead are hitting 20 - 50 feet down. They’re being taken on small spoons (red has been a good color). As with the brown trout, early morning has been better for the salmon as well. Bass fishing is great with big numbers concentrating from 10 - 30 FOW. Live bait, jigs, trolling stickbaits – just about any application will work for bass. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead are also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is starting to flow, and hopefully recent heavy rains open the mouth enough for fish to enter. There are no reports of trout and salmon catches from Maxwell but Salmon Creek in Pultneyville has fish and Bear Creek in Ontario have kings and browns. Throw-out the egg sacs. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing in all Wayne County bays has been excellent. The bass are on the bite near the weedlines and perch fishing in Port and Sodus Bays has been great. The perch are hitting small rubber minnows with spikes. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The perch are also starting to enter the bays from Lake Ontario and are starting to school-up. That means to move around if you are catching the little ones. The perch are hitting small rubber minnows 2-inches long and tipped with spikes. The water level in the bays is low so make sure you are careful launching your boat. On Canal waters bass fishing has been excellent. They’re hitting any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat- fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers for salmon 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 well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Remember snagging is illegal and only the Conservation Officers benefit if you use snatch hooks and they are watching. Boaters have good opportunity to catch kings that are holding in the lower, slack water sections of the Genesee River. Trolling with stickbaits (where possible) or casting and retrieving stickbaits are good methods. However, the salmon run is just started, so king salmon should continue to pass the pier heads for the next couple weeks. Steelhead and brown trout are available at pier sites as well. Target salmon at night by casting heavy glow spoons or by fishing treated skein under a float. Casting medium sized spoons is a better bet for trout during low light periods. Keep in mind that in the sections of these waterways between the bridge closest to the stream mouth, upstream to the first impassible barrier, any lure that has more than one hook point must float while at rest. Keep an eye on Irondequoit Creek. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. As the waters cool that action should improve. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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: Salmon and steelhead are spread out from top to bottom of the river. It’s described as great fishing. Fishing early or late in the day seemed to be best at the moment, but the remaining time isn’t that far off. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  The annual salmon egg take will be starting on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. It typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM, weekdays only. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Along with the increase in water flow, a major run of salmon into the river. Float fishing skein and beads has been the ticket off the wall for salmon and trout, while egg sacs, artificial eggs and flies have gotten it done at the dam. In the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies is working. Anglers also take a few walleye with large stickbaits and some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (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 )

Surplus Broodstock Trout Stocking: The DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery began the fall stockings of broodstock trout this past week. The following waters received an initial stocking. Additional trout to be stocked as the hatchery's egg take continues. Redhouse, Quaker and New Albion Lakes were stocked on 10/16/18 with a mix of brown trout and rainbow trout. On 10/19/18, Case Lake was stocked with brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout and Harwood Lake was stocked with brook trout and brown trout. Call the Randolph Hatchery stocking hotline for updates (716) 358-2050.

 

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

 

OCTOBER 2018

17-19 - St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch and Release Fly Fishing Derby - For fishermen of all ages this great event features fantastic tributary fishing on the World Famous Oak Orchard River by the St. Mary’s Archer’s Club. Entry fee includes parking and meals. (For information  contact John Denniston at 585-682-3067.)

20 - Arcadia Bass Anglers 2018 Die Hard Series Tournament – Sodus Bay at the State Launch on Route 14. Also open to Lake fishing. (7:30 am – 3:30 pm) (Entry fee: $60.00) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

20 - CVBM Keuka Lake Open at the Branchport Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

21 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Owasco Lake Tuff Guy I (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

21 - CVBM Keuka Lake Tournament at Branchport Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

20 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Conesus Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

28 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake Tuff Guy II (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

28 -  CVBM Owasco Lake Open at the Emerson Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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TIP: BIG WALLEYES ARE PUTTING ON THE FEEDBAG: Some of the best fishing takes place at night and you usually have the lake all to yourself. If you are chasing these big hogs at night crankbaits should be your first-choice, period. Casting and trolling are the two most popular methods for catching fall walleyes. The choice depends on which body of water you are fishing. When selecting a crankbait don't shy away from big baits. Large profile baits make it easier for walleyes to find and attack your crankbait at night. My number one go-to bait is a Rapala Husky Jerk in a size 12 or 14. This bait has the right action when trolled or casted. I always have found that dark colors like black/gold or black/silver are the best choices, but that can vary based on water clarity and wind. The other big key at night is to SLOW down! It seems like a slow steady retrieve with little or no action works the best for casting. If you are trolling, I like to troll from 1.0 to 1.2 mph. (Tom Keenan, a Gander Outsider)  

TIP 2: SEASON CHANGE: October 15 - Regular State Trout Season Closes (See fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31.)

LAKE ERIE: Open lake fishing effort is starting to drop off, but anglers continued to enjoy an exceptional walleye angling. From Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line, anglers reported constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seemed to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. Depths of 60-100 feet of water were productive with most strikes coming at 40-50 feet down for lots of 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Dunkirk area anglers saw the best walleye action at around 80 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Barcelona anglers are catching limits of walleye in 80-92 feet of water with again a steelhead or two mixed in, per boat. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did very well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has slowed. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches were at depths of around 50 feet. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rainstorms bumped up flows on the Lake Erie tributaries to higher levels. These flow surges should have triggered the first significant influx of steelhead into the streams. Creeks have been dropping back fast and all streams except Cattaraugus Creek are options this weekend. Today's moderate flows will likely give way to slightly lower flows by tomorrow. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass and perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges and bottom structure with large tube jigs or stickbaits.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good to very good for salmon in the Devil’s Hole area for boaters drifting globs of treated egg skein and fished with a three-way rig. Shore casters are also placing skein under a float to pick fish up, but spoons, spinners and rattlebaits will also produce fish. Glow in the dark Booker Lil Gem spoons are working for kings under low light conditions from shore and salmon are being caught all the way up to the whirlpool. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching decent numbers of kings and shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are also starting to report catches. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good near Lewiston for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: There are still some trollers out in the lake but the lake fishing is slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers. Target staging kings inside 30 feet of water off creek/harbor mouths during low light periods. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Some kings are still hitting in 200 feet of water if you still have a boat in the water. They are being found down 50 to 60 feet. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown trout and steelhead in the 20 - 40 foot level over deeper water. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well. Anglers have been catching fair numbers of king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some very slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Tributary fishing is picking up, primarily on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Conditions are good at the Oak, with upper moderate flow and good color. Decent numbers of king salmon are showing at the dam, and fair numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead are spread out in the walkable section. Eighteenmile Creek has slightly lower flow. There are very modest numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead showing at Fisherman's Park. The small to medium streams from Johnson Creek to Rochester got a little bump in flow and range from moderate to low. Some fish are moving up those streams. Fourmile Creek has very low flow and the Twelvemile system is practically dry. Genesee River is running high. Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Firetiger or blue-silver are color patterns working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed and anglers have to work more for them. Stick to working weedlines during low light periods in the north basin. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 15-to-30-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines at around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-30 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have brought area stream levels up, cooled water temps and muddied waters. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. 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 in-line spinners. Remember, the regular trout season closes on Monday the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. The best bass action is reported at the south end in 6 – 15 feet of water. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. The lake has also been producing bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 70 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

SENECA LAKE: Still watch out for debris on the lake. Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: There are still debris floating around, so keep your eyes open. The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (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: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for the tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water. Fish the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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 fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Rain has kept some of the streams running high. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. No significant fly hatches happening 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. Remember the regular trout season closes on Monday the 15th but many streams are open all year and the Finger Lakes tribs are open until December 31st. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye fishing has slowed down but the upcoming cool down should help to get the fall shore walleye bite going. Some anglers are getting a few from shore just before and after dark but it's been pretty slow so far. Some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). The cooler temperatures which have moved into the area will likely spark a bit more walleye activity. Look for the night bite trolling in shallow water or fishing from shore to pick up as the fall temperatures move in. Keep an eye out for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Some great bass reports are coming in using live and artificial crayfish along the edges of the weed beds. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing in the 10 – 15 foot level. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: There are still some trollers out in the lake but the lake fishing is slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers. Some kings are still hitting in 200 feet of water if you still have a boat in the water. They are being found down 50 to 60 feet. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown trout and steelhead in the 20 - 40 foot level over deeper water. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). Pier fishing is picking-up with king catches and some steelhead being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead are also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is starting to flow, and hopefully recent heavy rains open the mouth enough for fish to enter. There are no reports of trout and salmon catches from Maxwell but Salmon Creek in Pultneyville has fish and Bear Creek in Ontario have kings and browns. Throw- out the egg sacs. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The perch are in Sodus Bay. They are being caught near the channel and the islands in 20 feet of water. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The perch are also starting to enter the bays from Lake Ontario and are starting to school-up. That means to move around if you are catching the little ones. The perch are hitting small rubber minnows 2-inches long and tipped with spikes. The water level in the bays is low so make sure you are careful launching your boat. On Canal waters bass fishing has been excellent. They’re hitting any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat- fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers for salmon 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 well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Remember snagging is illegal and only the Conservation Officers benefit if you use snatch hooks and they are watching. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Walleye and northern pike are possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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: Salmon are spread out from top to bottom of the river. It’s described as great fishing. Fishing early or late in the day seemed to be best at the moment, but the remaining time isn’t that far off. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  The annual salmon egg take will be starting on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. It typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM, weekdays only. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

OSWEGO RIVER: Along with the increase in water flow, a major run of salmon into the river. Float fishing skein and beads has been the ticket off the wall for salmon and trout, while egg sacs, artificial eggs and flies have gotten it done at the dam. In the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies is working. Anglers also take a few walleye with large stickbaits and some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

 

OCTOBER 2018

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

13 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake. Launch Location: Branchport, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

13 - Oak Orchard River Bass Angler’s Conesus Lake Open at the State Launch. (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) 1 or 2 anglers per boat. (Entry Fee:  $60 per boat (cash only) (For information contact Em Seefeldt 585-798-4441 or em@orleanscountybass.com)

13-14 - 12th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor 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)

13-14 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Oneida & Onondaga Lakes (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

15 - Regular State Trout Season Closes (See fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year)

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), Owego Creek and East & West Branches of Creek (Tioga 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 3:3 0 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) (>3/31/18)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Clear Creek and Prendagast Creek (Chautauqua County) (>3/31/18)

17-19 - St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch and Release Fly Fishing Derby - For fishermen of all ages this great event features fantastic tributary fishing on the World Famous Oak Orchard River by the St. Mary’s Archer’s Club. Entry fee includes parking and meals. (For information  contact John Denniston at 585-682-3067.)

20 - Arcadia Bass Anglers 2018 Die Hard Series Tournament – Sodus Bay at the State Launch on Route 14. Also open to Lake fishing. (7:30 am – 3:30 pm) (Entry fee: $60.00) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

20 - CVBM Keuka Lake Open at the Branchport Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

20 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Conesus Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

21 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Owasco Lake Tuff Guy I (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

21 - CVBM Keuka Lake Tournament at Branchport Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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10 – 5 - 18    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

*TIP: LAKE ONTARIO FISHERIES MEETINGS: Public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario's alewife population and changes to 2019 trout and salmon stocking: During the meetings, DEC will present the latest science guiding the state's efforts, and provide the opportunity for interested participants to ask questions. More information on the 2019 Salmon and Trout Stocking Levels in Lake Ontario is available on DEC's website.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Tuesday, Oct. 9: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Donald Schleiter Lodge and Pavillion, 199 East Manitou Rd. in Braddock Bay Park, Rochester, Monroe County.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina St., Pulaski, Oswego County.

Members of the public that cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. For further information, please contact Steve LaPan, New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.

 

*TIP #2: SEASON NOTES:

September 30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season

September 30 - Close of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout

 

*LAKE ERIE: Open lake fishing effort is starting to drop off, but anglers continued to enjoy an exceptional walleye angling. From Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line, anglers reported constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seemed to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. Depths of 60-100 feet of water were productive with most strikes coming at 40-50 feet down for lots of 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Dunkirk area anglers saw the best walleye action at around 80 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Barcelona anglers are catching limits of walleye in 80-92 feet of water with again a steelhead or two mixed in, per boat. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did very well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has slowed. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches were at depths of around 50 feet. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rainstorms bumped up flows on the Lake Erie tributaries to higher levels on both Tuesday and Thursday. These flow surges should have triggered the first significant influx of steelhead into the streams. Creeks have been dropping back fast and all streams except Cattaraugus Creek are options this weekend. Today's moderate flows will likely give way to slightly lower flows by tomorrow. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass and perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges and bottom structure with large tube jigs or stickbaits.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good to very good for salmon in the Devil’s Hole area for boaters drifting globs of treated egg skein and fished with a three-way rig. Shore casters are also placing skein under a float to pick fish up, but spoons, spinners and rattlebaits will also produce fish. Glow in the dark Booker Lil Gem spoons are working for kings under low light conditions from shore and salmon are being caught all the way up to the whirlpool. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching decent numbers of kings and shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are also starting to report catches. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Mature king salmon are staging in nearshore waters off major tributary mouths, and at times the fishing has been productive. Target staging kings inside 30 feet of water off creek/harbor mouths during low light periods. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons is the standard practice. Trollers’ run lures, 40-80 feet down, produce a mix of king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Additional lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. For the past couple of weeks, anglers have been catching fair numbers of king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some very slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. With cooler water temperatures, king salmon are also starting to show up at the dams on Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks. Oak Orchard Creek has moderate flow and there are fair numbers of king salmon directly below the dam. Nothing happening in the wading section below however. Eighteenmile Creek has lower flow and just a few kings staring to show directly below Burt Dam. The small to medium creeks are low and void of salmon. Genesee River has high and muddy flow. Also available at the harbor areas are a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

There will be public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario alewife population and changes to 2019 salmon stocking. For meeting dates and location see TIPS above.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Tributary fishing is picking up, primarily on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Conditions are good at the Oak, with upper moderate flow and good color. Decent numbers of king salmon are showing at the dam, and fair numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead are spread out in the walkable section. Eighteenmile Creek has slightly lower flow with slight color. There are very modest numbers of kings, brown trout and steelhead showing at Fisherman's Park. The small to medium streams from Johnson Creek to Rochester got a little bump in flow and range from moderate to low. Some fish are moving up those streams. Fourmile Creek has very low flow and the Twelvemile system is practically dry. Genesee River is blown out. Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Firetiger or blue-silver are color patterns working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite continues to be best for anglers working weedlines during low light periods in the north basin. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 15-to-30-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines at around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-30 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have brought area stream levels up, cooled water temps and muddied waters. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. 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 in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. The best bass action is reported at the south end in 6 – 15 feet of water. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. The lake has also been producing bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 60 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: Still watch out for debris on the lake. Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: There are still debris floating around, so keep your eyes open. The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (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: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 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 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for the tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water. Fish the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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 fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Rain has kept some of the streams running high. Smaller streams and spring fed streams are the best bet for the weekend. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening 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. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye fishing has slowed down, which probably suggest that they have started feeding on young-of-the-year (YOY) gizzard shad. But some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). The cooler temperatures which have moved into the area will likely spark a bit more walleye activity. Look for the night bite trolling in shallow water or fishing from shore to pick up as the fall temperatures move in. Keep an eye out for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Some great bass reports are coming in using live and artificial crayfish along the edges of the weed beds. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers.  The kings are being found in 90 to 140 fow, down 50 to 60 feet. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown trout and steelhead in the 20 - 40 foot level over 300 feet of water. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). Pier fishing is picking-up with king catches and some steelhead being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

There will be public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario alewife population and changes to 2019 salmon stocking. For meeting dates and location see TIPS above.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead are also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is starting to flow, and hopefully recent heavy rains but no reports on the mouth open enough for fish to enter. There are no reports of trout and salmon catches. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The perch are in Sodus Bay. They are being caught near the channel and the islands in 20 feet of water. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The perch are also starting to enter the bays from Lake Ontario. On Canal waters bass fishing has been excellent. They’re hitting any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weed cover on Sodus is very heavy, especially at the southern end. Use extra pound-test leaders. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all sections will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers for salmon 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 well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Walleye and northern pike are possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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 run is on from the lower river and upstream. It’s described as great fishing. Fishing early or late in the day seemed to be best at the moment, but the remaining time isn’t that far off. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. The annual salmon egg take will be starting on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. It typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to 12:30 PM, weekdays only. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

*OSWEGO RIVER: Along with the increase in water flow, a major run of salmon into the river. Float fishing skein and beads has been the ticket off the wall for salmon and trout, while egg sacs, artificial eggs and flies have gotten it done at the dam. In the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies is working. Anglers also take a few walleye with large stickbaits and some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

 

OCTOBER 2018

5-7 - Buffalo Maritime Festival around the Ward Pumpking Station located just off I-190 at 2 Porter Avenue. Features antique and classic boats, beer, food trucks, music, entertainment for kids-model boat races. Inside the Pumping station, there will be vendors selling arts and antiques along the balcony. (Admission is $10.) (For information go to https://www.everfest.com/e/buffalo-maritime-festival-buffalo-ny.)

6 - Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open Championship – Cayuga Lake at Cayuga Lake State Park (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

6 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Honeoye Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

9 - Lake Ontario Fisheries Meeting at the Donald Schleiter Lodge and Pavillion, 199 East Manitou Road in Braddock Bay Park, Rochester, Monroe County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) Public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario's alewife population and changes to 2019 trout and salmon stocking: During the meetings, DEC will present the latest science guiding the state's efforts, and provide the opportunity for interested participants to ask questions. More information on the 2019 Salmon and Trout Stocking Levels in Lake Ontario is available on DEC's website. Members of the public that cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. For further information, please contact Steve LaPan, New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.

10 - Lake Ontario Fisheries Meeting at the Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, Oswego County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) Public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario's alewife population and changes to 2019 trout and salmon stocking: During the meetings, DEC will present the latest science guiding the state's efforts, and provide the opportunity for interested participants to ask questions. More information on the 2019 Salmon and Trout Stocking Levels in Lake Ontario is available on DEC's website. Members of the public that cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. For further information, please contact Steve LaPan, New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.

11 - Great Lakes Educator Workshop Series - Watershed Connections at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Discover activities designed to meet new NYSSLS requirements. Anyone who works with kids is welcome! Attend at least three workshops and receive one free in-school program for your classroom or after school program. For educators of students in grades K-12. (3 CTLE hours provided)  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 or Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

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

13 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake. Launch Location: Branchport, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

13 - Oak Orchard River Bass Angler’s Conesus Lake Open at the State Launch. (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) 1 or 2 anglers per boat. (Entry Fee:  $60 per boat (cash only) (For information contact Em Seefeldt 585-798-4441 or em@orleanscountybass.com)

13-14 - 12th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor 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)

13-14 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Oneida & Onondaga Lakes (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

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TIP: LAKE ONTARIO FISHERIES MEETINGS: Public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario's alewife population and changes to 2019 trout and salmon stocking: During the meetings, DEC will present the latest science guiding the state's efforts, and provide the opportunity for interested participants to ask questions. More information on the 2019 Salmon and Trout Stocking Levels in Lake Ontario is available on DEC's website.

Meeting dates and locations are:

Thursday, Oct. 4: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, Niagara County.

Tuesday, Oct. 9: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Donald Schleiter Lodge and Pavillion, 199 East Manitou Rd. in Braddock Bay Park, Rochester, Monroe County.

Wednesday, Oct. 10: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina St., Pulaski, Oswego County.

Members of the public that cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. For further information, please contact Steve LaPan, New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.

 

TIP #2: STATE OF THE FISHERIES OF SENECA LAKE MEETING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that DEC's Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results and summarize management efforts on Seneca Lake at a public meeting hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY (Ontario County). Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map, visit the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website (link leaves DEC webpage).

 

TIP #3: SEASON NOTES:

September 22 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

September 30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season

September 30 - Close of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout

September 30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

 

LAKE ERIE: Open lake fishing effort is starting to drop off, but quality walleye fishing is still available. The better bite remains to the west, from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line. Anglers report constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seem to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 - 50 feet down. Depths of 60-100 feet of water were productive for lots of 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Dunkirk area anglers saw the best walleye action at around 80 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Barcelona anglers are catching fast limits of walleye in 80-92 feet of water with a steelhead or two mixed in, per boat. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did very well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has slowed. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches were at depths of around 50 feet. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: The rainfall and cooler temperatures brought reports of jack (male) steelhead entering Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Canadaway Creeks. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending on where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass and perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges and bottom structure with large tube jigs or stickbaits.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The king salmon run is off to a good start on the lower river. Charter boats have been working the Devils Hole drift and are averaging a few kings or more per boat per day. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and cured skein or Kwikfish lure is the standard technique. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching decent numbers of kings and shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are also starting to report catches. Casting large glow spoons and spinners works well along the State Parks shoreline during low light periods. The NYPA platform is open from dawn until dusk. Smallmouth bass and walleye also remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Mature king salmon are staging in nearshore waters off major tributary mouths, and at times the fishing has been productive. Trollers have been working hard for a staging king or two off major tributary mouths. Target staging kings inside 30 feet of water off creek/harbor mouths during low light periods. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons is the standard practice. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. Trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons is the standard practice. The better action has been offshore at depths of 300+ feet plus. Trollers’ lures run 40-80 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. For the past couple of weeks, anglers have been catching fair numbers of king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some very slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. With cooler water temperatures, king salmon are also starting to show up at the dams on Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks. Oak Orchard Creek has moderate flow and there are fair numbers of king salmon directly below the dam. Nothing happening in the wading section below however. Eighteenmile Creek has lower flow and just a few kings staring to show directly below Burt Dam. The small to medium creeks are low and void of salmon. Genesee River has high and muddy flow. Also available at the harbor areas are a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

There will be public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario alewife population and changes to 2019 salmon stocking. For meeting dates and location see TIPS above.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Good news, some salmonids are starting to show up in the major tribs. - a few salmon were reported at Waterport Dam. Pier fishing is also starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead being netted. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite continues to be good for anglers working weedlines during low light periods. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits. Rapala jigging raps were the ticket in No. 7 and No. 9 sizes for one angler. Perch color was the hot pattern. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 25-to-40-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-30 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows.  Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling in 20-30 feet of water with lures run 10-15 feet down. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up and cool water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening 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 in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. The best bass action is reported at the south end in 6 – 15 feet of water. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 60 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

SENECA LAKE: State of the Fisheries of Seneca Lake Public Meeting will be held on October 2. (See Tips #2 above for details.)

Still watch out for debris on the lake. Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: There are still debris floating around, so keep your eyes open. The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (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: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 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 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. Look for bass in the weedbeds with creature-style baits in natural colors. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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 fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Rain has kept some of the streams running high. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening 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. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye fishing has slowed down, which probably suggest that they have started feeding on young-of-the-year (YOY) gizzard shad. But some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). Look for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Some great bass reports are coming in using live and artificial crayfish along the edges of the weed beds. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is really slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers.  The kings are being found in 90 to 140 fow, down 50 to 60 feet. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown in the 50 - 80 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 60 to 100 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

There will be public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario alewife population and changes to 2019 salmon stocking. For meeting dates and location see TIPS above.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Pier fishing is starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead are also being netted in the Sodus Bay channel. You can cast out heavy spoons…Kastmasters and Little Cleos. Maxwell Creek is starting to flow, but more rain is needed to open-up the mouth. There are no reports of trout and salmon catches. Cooler water and more flow are needed to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The perch are in Sodus Bay. They are being caught near the channel in 20 feet of water. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. The perch are also starting to enter the bays from Lake Ontario. Canal waters are starting to cool down which means the fish will start to feed and hit any lure you throw at them. The bass are huge, and the channel cat fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. The canal officially closes October 10th for the season, however not all section will be drained for the year. The water at Widewaters will remain at the current level. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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: Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls and at the piers. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (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: Anglers reported getting into a mix of kings and cohos in the DSR, Staircase/Longbridge and Ballpark. The anglers who fished the DSR reported that the best action was in the afternoon. For those anglers who are fly fishing, bunny leeches, woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches, comets and egg patterns produced the best results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue and pink egg sacs have been productive. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

OSWEGO RIVER: Along with the increase in water flow, the first push of salmon have made their run into the river. Anglers are having success at the Varick Dam with the kings, browns, steelhead, and even a few cohos. Try bottom bouncing rigs, off the high wall using plugs and floating skein and in the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies. Anglers are continuing to take a few walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Some channel catfish are also being caught. 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 generally high depending on the rains. Fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

29 - Intro to Powerboating at the Fleet Boat Club, 1384 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY (9:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm) Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? Students will learn engine shifting and throttle control, steering, stopping and station holding, understand the “weathervane” effect and how to use “the boater’s eye” technique to safely navigate. The course is three hours long, taught aboard 20- to 26-foot single-engine powerboats, and priced at $149. Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor. (For information go to www.BoatUS.org/On-Water)

29 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Silver Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

29 - National Hunting & Fishing Day - Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma New York (For information call Rich Davenport 716-510-7952)

29-30 - American Bass Association (ABA) 2018 Championship Tournament at Mayville Lakeside Park boat access on Chautauqua Lake. Additional details in planning.

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 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

30 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

30 - CVBM Canandaigua Lake Tournament at Woodville Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

 

OCTOBER 2018

4 – Lake Ontario Fisheries Meeting at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, Niagara County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) Public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario's alewife population and changes to 2019 trout and salmon stocking: During the meetings, DEC will present the latest science guiding the state's efforts, and provide the opportunity for interested participants to ask questions. More information on the 2019 Salmon and Trout Stocking Levels in Lake Ontario is available on DEC's website. Members of the public that cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email to: fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. For further information, please contact Steve LaPan, New York Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station, (315) 654-2147.

4 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 or Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

5-7 - Buffalo Maritime Festival around the Ward Pumpking Station located just off I-190 at 2 Porter Avenue. Features antique and classic boats, beer, food trucks, music, entertainment for kids-model boat races. Inside the Pumping station, there will be vendors selling arts and antiques along the balcony. (Admission is $10.) (For information go to https://www.everfest.com/e/buffalo-maritime-festival-buffalo-ny.)

6 - Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open Championship – Cayuga Lake at Cayuga Lake State Park (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

6 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Honeoye Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

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*TIP: STATE OF THE FISHERIES OF SENECA LAKE MEETING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that DEC's Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results and summarize management efforts on Seneca Lake at a public meeting hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY (Ontario County). Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map, visit the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website (link leaves DEC webpage).

 

*TIP #2: SEASON NOTES:

September 22 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

September 30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season

September 30 - Close of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout

September 30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

 

*LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie anglers have enjoyed an exceptional walleye bite since Sunday. From Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line, anglers report constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seem to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. A DEC Creel Technician reports that every boat returning to Cattaraugus Creek launches on Thursday had their limit of walleye. Depths of 60-80 feet of water were productive for lots of 16-19 inch walleye with a fair amount of lunkers mixed in. Dunkirk area anglers saw the best walleye action at around 80 feet of water, with the occasional steelhead mixed in. Barcelona anglers are catching fast limits of walleye in 80-92 feet of water with a steelhead or two mixed in, per boat. Hot lures were a dark purple/pink Challenger stick bait, northern lights bombers, matching color on a Kaboom spoon and a fire tiger imitation Junior Thunderstick plug that turned out to be great on walleye and steelhead, when presented off the down riggers. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors, like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots.  Some boats specifically targeting steelhead did very well off Barcelona in 115-120 feet of water. Lures run above the thermocline worked well. Steelhead should also start to show closer to tributary mouths, if they haven't already. Trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph is the typical tactic for steelhead off creek mouths. Yellow perch fishing has been improving. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, anglers are catching perch over a wide area between 42-75 feet of water. Best catches on Thursday were at depths of around 50 feet. Closer to 75 feet of water, perch anglers are also catching a few walleye. Fish live emerald shiners or other smaller minnows just off the bottom for perch. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: The rainfall and cooler temperatures brought reports of jack (male) steelhead entering Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Canadaway Creeks. Those fish will most likely depart soon with warm weather/temperatures returning. Shore anglers can target steelhead from the Cattaraugus Creek breakwall or by wading off creek mouths and casting spoons or spinners. Boaters can target steelhead off major tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass are available throughout the upper river. They’re hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. In the west river, it’s along Beaver Island State Park and Staley’s Reef. A three-way rig with soft-shell crayfish works well. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass and perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges and bottom structure with large tube jigs or stickbaits.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Despite warmer than ideal conditions in the lower river, king salmon are slowly moving in. Most catches have come from the NYPA fishing platform, however drifters are just starting to catch a few in the Devils Hole drift. The lower river salmon run will continue to build over the next couple of weeks.  Smallmouth bass and walleye remain targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Mature king salmon are staging in nearshore waters off major tributary mouths, and at times the fishing has been productive. However, nearshore waters are still a bit warm, which seems to dampen the bite. But the fish are there. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon and the bite can pick back up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon can be just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. Trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons is the standard practice. The better action has been offshore at depths of 300+ feet plus. Trollers’ lures run 40-80 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. For the past couple of weeks, anglers have been catching fair numbers of king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River, but there have been some very slow days mixed in. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. Also available at the harbor areas are a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Good news, some salmonids are starting to show up in the major tribs. - a few salmon were reported at Waterport Dam. Pier fishing is also starting to pick-up with king catches and some steelhead being netted. You can cast out heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works well. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive on calmer nights. Pier anglers are also catching brown trout. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite continues to be good with anglers working weedlines during good, low light periods. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits in perch color off Warner’s Bar and Lighthouse Point. The key seems to be keeping offers in the 25-to-40-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-25 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets.  The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing fair yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. Best depth has been from 15 to 25 feet of water. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up and cool water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening 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 in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike 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. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. The best bass action is reported at the south end in 6 – 15 feet of water. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Some action is now being reported in the Penn Yan branch. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white and green tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 60 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. There is a pick-up of laker action at the south end. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: State of the Fisheries of Seneca Lake Public Meeting will be held on October 2. (See Tips above for details.)

Still watch out for debris on the lake. Anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. One report has lake trout and Atlantics being taken trolling small flatfish in 60 to 70 fow over a 70 to 100 foot bottom, at about 2.5 mph. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: There are still some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around. The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors.  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 largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (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 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (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: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 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 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. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits (stickbait and crankbaits) to get them to hit. Look for bass in the weedbeds with creature-style baits in natural colors. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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 fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Rain has kept some of the streams running high. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening 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. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Walleye fishing has slowed down, which probably suggest that they have started feeding on young-of-the-year (YOY) gizzard shad. But some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some catches using Sonar lures (gold). Look for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. There are some great reports using live and artificial crayfish along these edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Some great bass reports are coming in using live and artificial crayfish along the edges of the weed beds. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile-