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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

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*TIP: ICE SAFETY:

General Ice Thickness Guidelines

For New, Clear Ice Only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

 

 

 

 

 

*TIP #2: STAY WARM THIS WINTER WITH THESE TIPS: Whether you’re fishing, hunting, hiking, camping or just walking around the neighborhood, knowing how to keep warm and dry can help you enjoy the outdoors during the beautiful winter season instead of sitting inside

listening to the weatherman talk about the wind chill index. Layer yourself with loose fitting clothing. This creates air spaces that trap heat, plus the layers can be quickly adapted to changing conditions and activities. Choose clothing that wicks moisture away from you. It’s

also a good idea to invest in GORE-TEX™ rainwear. Use mittens instead of gloves and use a thin liner sock under a thick wool sock. Most importantly, wear something on your head. Most

body heat is lost through the head, neck, and shoulders. Keep your head and trunk warm and your body will circulate blood to your feet and hands.

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

basspro.com)      

 

*LAKE ERIE:  While the lake is 85 percent ice covered, look to the harbors for any safe ice. No reports of safe ice on the lake have been reported for fishing. Too much snow (15 inches) and heavy winds have the lake in a dangerous state.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: At mid-week there were plenty of open water spots on popular tributaries such as Chautauqua, Canadaway and Eighteenmile Creeks. With mild temperatures on the way, expect open areas to expand. Rain added to the mix could cause another blowout.  Look for steelhead action to return as creek levels drop back to fishable levels. Ice jams may limit influx of fresh fish, but there were good numbers around before creeks froze over. Anglers were catching some steelhead through the ice at Barcelona Harbor before the warm-up. Ice is now gone. Casting spoons and spinners is now an option.

There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Floating ice is accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting shore fishing opportunities. Most harbors are iced over, but no safe ice reported yet. Upper river waters are murky but fishable. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The Small Boat Harbor has solid ice of 10 - 12 inches. Anglers are catching mostly smaller sunfish and yellow perch, with the occasional keeper. Anglers are also exploring the sheltered bays and channels to the north and south of the harbor. Some anglers are venturing outside of the inner harbor, but ice thickness is unknown.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: When conditions permit, lower river boaters are seeing good trout action in the mid to upper drifts. A three-way rig with flat fish style lures like Mag Lip or Kwikfish produce a mix of steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. A three-way with a live shiner is a better bet for walleye. Not much safe shore fishing opportunities due to shelf ice along the shoreline. Boot cleats are recommended due to very slick shorelines. Regulation notes: Lake trout season opened on January 1st. Also starting January 1st, walleye daily limit decreased from 3 to 1, with minimum length of 18 inches. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS:  The sections directly below the dams at Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks remain open, but slack water and lower sections are iced over. Anglers are catching a few brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. All of the other creeks are frozen. Wilson Harbor has ice up to 6 – 7 inches but only half that over the channel. Be careful there and check the ice as you go. Anglers are catching some yellow perch and the occasional pike, brown trout or steelhead catch is possible. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: All of Chautauqua Lake has finally locked up nicely, with between 8-12 inches of ice reported. There have been some good walleye catches, primarily around dawn and dusk. Depths around 30 feet have been productive near Long Point, Prendergast, Warner Bay and Dewittville Bay. The rims of the deeper holes are good spots to try as well. Jigging Rapalas and vertical jigging spoons tipped with a small minnow or grub are good walleye offerings. Keeper size yellow perch have been very tough to find lake-wide. However, anglers have managed some keepers off Mayville. Anglers also report fair numbers of white perch around the north basin. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: Up to 11 inches of ice is reported at the south end. The water is still pretty muddy after last week’s rains and thaw. High water and snow will hinder refreezing. Yellow perch were biting well. Anglers were catching lots of 6-8 inch perch with some keepers mixed in. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike. 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: At the north end, ice is up to 12 inches. Anglers are catching good numbers of keeper sunfish. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike, tiger muskellunge and/or large-mouth bass. Some pike have been caught off access points at mid-lake and the south end as well. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Skim ice up to several inches is forming along shore and in some bays but No Safe Ice is reported. (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: Ice is a reported up to 7 inches at the launch with another 4 – 5 inches of frozen slush on top. Anglers are out after smelt. Find a spot fairly close to shore; clear ice of snow; set your coleman on the ice; drill a hole and start jiggin. They are usually found right below the ice surface over 20 feet of water. Use a small bluegill jig and a waxie.  Not a hot bite but enough to keep it interesting. Lake trout are available over deeper water. Jigging with spoons is a good bet. Be careful of the shore ice. (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: Solid ice, up to 7 inches for anglers to enjoy some fishing but be careful of the edge ice – it’s refrozen. The lake is producing some good panfish in the shallows and as ice thickness improves, they’ll be able to get out to deeper water and catch more of a mixed bag. Be careful and check the ice as you move around. (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: Hard water anglers can visit both ends of the lake. Ice up to 6 – 10 inches in place and depending on the time and place fair to good perch can be had. Open water fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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.)

 

 

                                                                          Photo by Brad Schell

(Report received 1-16-18) Canandaigua lake has 9-13 inches at the north end with weaker ice around the pier. Was a decent perch bite the recent rains have made the water cloudy and slowed down the fish. (Thanks Brad)

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Up to 6+ inches of ice on the lakes. Perch and bluegills are providing action but they’re mostly small. If you go out check the ice as you move around. 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: Ice fishing is still on hold for most of the lake but hard water anglers are going out at the Penn Yan end. Up to 10 inches of black ice is reported and there’s some hot bluegill action. Try a pink-bead head nymph tipped with a spike. Lots of small for each big. On the open water laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. (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: Some ice reported at the ends of the lake but no details. On the open water a few anglers try their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. (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: Hard water anglers have some ice to check out at the north end. Anglers are out on 6 – 8 inches of ice. Pickerel and some perch are being caught. On open water, anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging but it’s cold out there. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, also some lakers and browns. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Very limited hard water fishing reported along the north shore. Some ice is forming at the south end but no details. (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: Some ice up to 3 inches but not recommended as safe. Below 0 temperatures have tried but accompanied winds have prevented/limited ice formation. The south end is beginning to look like the surface of the moon. A lot of broken up ice frozen into sections to form a conglomerate of uneven ice. Not good and not good enough to fish.  (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: Hard water anglers are out on up to 7 inches of ice at the north end of the lake but action is slow. The main lake remains open. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: The reservoir is covered with ice up to 14 inches. Just be careful if you venture near the channel. Fathead minnows are taking walleye and a few crappie. If no action switch up sizes, colors, and presentation. Best times are morning and later afternoon hours. Recent reports indicate slow action. As of Friday, 1/19, the Kieble Road gate was still closed. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)   

*SANDY POND: This region has received a lot of lake-effect snow in the last few weeks which may make moving around on the ice difficult. However, there is 7 inches to a foot of ice being reported and anglers have been enjoying the good conditions catching walleye, perch and Northern pike. Areas off the Elm’s, Green Point and the state boat launch at Groman Shores have been very active.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good ice but no reports from anglers on what’s being caught. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Hardwater anglers are getting some localized action but you have to check the ice constantly. Reported ice depths range from 0 to 12 inches. Off Lewis Point, ice was reported to be 12 inches plus. Wind, rain and snow have had an impact on ice production. Be careful of gas pockets and pressure cracks on the ice. Anglers are catching a fair amount of walleye, but many are small. Areas such as North Bay, Lewis Point and Shackelton Shoals are best possible for walleye action. A few good-sized perch are also being taken. Hot jigs have been firetiger jigging rapalas, clown color jigging shad rapalas and Goby Moonshine lures for both walleye and perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Be prepared for snow. Action is very limited; streams are closed in and the piers iced over.For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Ice on the Bays, up to 18 inches in spots. Snow covers the ice in some locations so be careful. The action on Sodus is over by the docks out from Katlynn Marina (the old trestle area). Another hot spot is at the south-east part of Sodus. The perch are in 18 feet of water and hitting artificial small rubber or perch colored jigs. The fish are schooling so you might have to move around for the jumbos. The pike are hitting between LeRoy Island and the east shore of the bay. Port Bay anglers are finding perch off the points and close to the channel. Reports from Fair Haven indicate uneven, questionable ice due to thawing and refreezing. Be extra careful if you go out. Anglers were catching pan fish near Widewaters in Newark. The ice is 8 - 10 inches thick. Just beware the canal still has current and not all ice is uniform. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. They also offer an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you wish the brochure.  (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Long and Cranberry Ponds, in Greece report 8 - 11 inches of good ice but watch for holes. Also, besure and check the shore ice before venturing out. The perch are providing fair to good action. Braddock's Bay is locked up pretty good with a reported  solid 8 - 13 inches of ice. Fair pike action is noted here. Irondequiot Bay reports indicate up to 11 inches of ice with 4 inches of snow, at the north end. Use caution. A pressure ridge is reported from Ide's Cove over to the Webster side with a big wet area over the deepwater.  Also wet spot toward the launch.  Further south in the county, 100 Acre Pond and Quaker Pond reporting 4 -10 inches but be careful of ice skaters. On the lower Genesee, if you get to open water, try for brown trout. (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: There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink, chartreuse and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. Shelf ice and slush ice have been a factor in the lower end of the river but have not been a problem in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: With the rain and snow melt that we had during the warm weather last week, the river rose. The flow makes it difficult to fish along the river. Once the frozen sections of the river broke up, driftboats were able to access the water for a day or so with some nice catches. Then we had high water and not much activity. Warmer temperatures are expected over the next few days with some rain in the forecast so we will have to keep an eye on the water level. 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 rivers will generally be closed in with ice and snow. If you can reach open water try marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery 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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

Cayuta Lake (Schuyler County) – 6 inches of ice. Lots of small perch.

Loon Lake (Steuben County) – Ice reported at 4 – 5 inches of black ice with 2 inches of white ice on top; middle had 8 inches white ice. Fish marked but few caught.

New Albion, Case, Quaker and Harwood Lakes (Cattaraugus County) - Lakes have between 5-6 inches of ice, with varying amounts of snow on top. Fishing is generally fair for a mix of panfish, however anglers also have chance to catch large trout (see above).

Rushford Lake (Allegany County) – open for public fishing. Reported safe ice and good action on walleye and perch

 

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

JANUARY 2018

1-2/28 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament through Feb. 28. Seven species categories. Open water or through the ice. (For information go to www.nyswinterclassic.com.)

2-3/15 – Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Winter Fishing Derby (Entry fee is $20) 8 species divisions. (For information call 716-407-3021)

19-21 - The 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY. (For information go to niagarafishingexpo.com.) Some 70 speakers will be dishing out over 120 seminars and the Main Event hall is sold out with top quality fishing and fishing related exhibitors. Three days of education covering a wide spectrum of angling knowledge. Rick Hajecki, Greg Amiel, Dan Keating, Mark McClutchey, Jake Romanack, Jason Coslow, Frank Campbell, Dan Colville, Tim Thomas, Matt Yablonsky, Lance Valentine … the list is a long one. (Check it all out at www.niagarafishingexpo.com.) You won’t want to miss this one. Bring a friend 

20 - LOTSA Salmon School at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY. (For information and sign up go to www.lotsa1.org.)

20-21– Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Recreational Sports Show at the Good Times of Olean Center, 800 East State Street, Olean, NY (Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Hosted by the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce. 60 booths. (Admission: $3.00/Seniors $2.00/Children 12 and under free) (For information call 716-372-4433 or email meme@oleanny.com or go to http://www.oleanny.com)

26-28 – Runnings New York Sportsman’s Expo in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY (Fri - Noon to 7:00 pm/Sat – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm/Sun – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) This year's show will include more than 40 new exhibits, including outfitters from across the globe  . The schedule also includes seminars, a kids' trout pond and more. (Admission: $10 ages 13-64; $5 for children 6 – 12; 5 and under no charge. Seniors are $7 and Military/Fire and Police are $7 with ID) (For information go to http://www.newyorksportsmansexpo.com/)

27-28 – Powersports Open House at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Visit our Powersports Open House in the Boat Showroom!  Our full service team and Powersports staff will be available to show you the brand new 2018 models, the best gear to upgrade your boat, answer any questions you may have and more! Make sure you enter to win the drawing for this weekend's grand prize giveaway including 2 Yeti Ramblers, a Cabela's Boundary Waters Roll-Top Dry Bag and an Ecoxgear Sol Jam Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker!  (Entry box located in the Boat Showroom during this Sat & Sun weekend during store hours). (For information call 716-608-4770)

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USE EXTRA CAUTION THIS WEEK: Recent rains have raised lake levels and weakened and/or dissolved shore ice. Heavy snows forecasted for the next few days will hide the flaws in the ice making it more important that you check the ice as you move around. Conditions may also be extra slippery with water on top of the ice.

 

TIP: ICE SAFETY:

General Ice Thickness Guidelines

For New, Clear Ice Only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

 

 

 

 

TIP #2: BAITS THAT ATTRACT MORE FISH TO YOUR ICE FISHING HOLE: Selecting a lure with good action when you are ice fishing for walleyes can help you attract more fish to the hole and ultimately get more bites. Glide baits, like the Moonshine Lures Shiver Minnow, will jump to the side of the hole a foot or more as you lift it. This is different than most baits used for ice fishing, which tend to move vertically. As this bait turns around to come back, the change in direction will often trigger a bite. The #2 is a good size to start with. Other baits that jump to the side of the hole as you lift up with your rod are the ACME Sidewinder, VMC Tingler Spoon and KenKatch Slim Slam. These are all thin metal spoons that have a horizontal swing.

While aggressive jigging can help fish sense that there is food in the area, they also need to be able to see your bait.

The color of the bait I choose depends on the conditions. Metallics are always a favorite, as they give off a "flash" that can easily catch the attention of the walleye.

In low-light conditions, bright colors work well. Firetiger is one of my go-to patterns. Baits that glow in the dark also work really well, including those that have a color on one side and glow on the other, as they will appear to be flickering as they fall through the water.

You will want to use a short length, medium action rod to get good hook sets when using these lures.

For line, I use 8lb Berkley Nanofil fishing line because it is a no-stretch line that is very sensitive. This is tied to an 8lb Berkley 100% Fluorocarbon leader. This combination will increase your chance of a good hook-up and a successful day on the ice!

(By Gary Parsons basspro.com)

 

LAKE ERIE:  While the lake is 85 percent ice covered, look to the harbors for any safe ice. No reports of safe ice on the lake have been reported for fishing.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: There is a region wide blowout in process. All Lake Erie tributaries are high and muddy with ice jams in lower sections of some streams. Look for steelhead action to return as creek levels drop back to fishable levels. Ice jams may limit influx of fresh fish, but there were good numbers around before creeks froze over. Anglers were catching some steelhead through the ice at Barcelona Harbor before the warm-up. Ice is now gone. Casting spoons and spinners is now an option.

There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Floating ice is accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting shore fishing opportunities. Most harbors are iced over, but no safe ice reported yet. Upper river waters are murky but fishable. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The inner harbor has solid ice of 5 - 6 inches plus. Harbor anglers generally catch yellow perch and sunfish, with many throwbacks for every keeper. Tip-ups with shiners produce the occasional northern pike. Some anglers are venturing outside of the inner harbor, but ice thickness is unknown.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The lower river trout bite picked back up at mid-week. Boaters working the upper drifts were catching a good mix of steelhead and lake trout, with a few walleye too. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rig and live shiners, Kwikfish lures or egg sacs is the typical technique. Shore anglers at Whirlpool and Devils Hole State Parks also saw an uptick in trout catches. Boot cleats are recommended due to very slick shorelines. Expect river waters to be quite murky during the current runoff event. Regulation notes: Lake trout season opened on January 1st. Also starting January 1st, walleye daily limit decreased from 3 to 1, with minimum length of 18 inches. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS:  The sections directly below the dams at Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks remain open, but slack water and lower sections are iced over. Anglers are catching a few brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. All of the other creeks are frozen. For the hard water angler keep an eye on the back area of Wilson Harbor. Ice ranging to 4 inches is reported. Anglers are catching some yellow perch and the occasional pike, brown trout or steelhead catch is possible. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Most of the south basin continues to have some good ice of around 5 inches. Anglers are mostly catching smaller yellow perch, with a few keepers mixed in. Bluegill, crappie and walleye are other potential catches. There is some fishing activity in spots around the north basin, but the ice is reportedly very sketchy with varying ice thicknesses everywhere. Some spots of 2 inches or less are masked by slush and deep snow. Best to stick to the south basin for now. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: Ice fishing is limited to the south end, at last check. The rest of the lake is considered unsafe. High water and snow will hinder refreezing. Yellow perch were biting well. Anglers were catching lots of 6-8 inch perch with some keepers mixed in. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike. 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: Hard water is forming on the lake. At the north end, it’s up to 8 inches. Anglers are catching good numbers of keeper sunfish. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike or tiger muskellunge. No reports on the south end or the rest of the lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: Skim ice up to several inches is forming along shore and in some bays but No Safe Ice is reported. (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: There is a reported 5 inches of ice on a portion of the lake and anglers are out after smelt. Find a spot fairly close to shore; clear ice of snow; set your coleman on the ice; drill a hole and start jiggin. They are usually found right below the ice surface. Use a small bluegill jig and a waxie.  Not a hot bite but enough to keep it interesting. Be careful of the shore ice. (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: Not good ice lakewide but enough solid ice, up to 7 inches, for anglers to enjoy some fishing if they can get to it. The shore ice is mostly gone. The lake is producing some good panfish in the shallows and as ice thickness improves, they’ll be able to get out to deeper water and catch more of a mixed bag. Be careful and check the ice as you move around. (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: No reports on ice at the north or south ends. Be extra cautious if you do go out. Open water fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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: Up to 6+ inches of ice on the lakes. Perch and bluegills are providing action but they’re mostly small. If you go out check the ice as you move around. 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: Ice fishing is still on hold for most of the lake but hard water anglers are going out at the Penn Yan end. 5 – 6 inches of black ice is reported there’s a hot perch bite. Try a pink-bead head nymph tipped with a spike. Lots of small for each big. On the open water laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. (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: Some ice reported at the ends of the lake but no details. On the open water a few anglers try their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. (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: Hard water anglers have some ice to check out at the north end. Anglers are out on 6 – 8 inches of ice. Pickerel and some perch are being caught. On open water, anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging but it’s cold out there. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, also some lakers and browns. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Some ice is forming at the south end but wind action prevents any ice formation at the north end. (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: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Below 0 temperatures have tried but accompanied winds have prevented/limited ice formation. The south end is beginning to look like the surface of the moon. A lot of broken up ice frozen into sections to form a conglomerate of uneven ice. Not good and not good enough to fish.  (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: Hard water anglers are out on up to 6 inches of ice at the north end of the lake but action is slow. The main lake remains open. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: The reservoir is covered with ice up to 14 inches. Just be careful if you venture near the channel. Fathead minnows are taking walleye and a few crappie. If no action switch up sizes, colors, and presentation. Best times are morning and later afternoon hours. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: This region has received a lot of lake-effect snow in the last few weeks which may make moving around on the ice difficult. However, there is 7 inches to a foot of ice being reported and anglers have been enjoying the good conditions catching walleye, perch and Northern pike. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Ice is forming along shore and in some bays but no reports on thickness or if anything is being caught. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Hardwater anglers are getting some localized action but you have to check the ice constantly. Reported ice depths range from 0 to 10 inches. Off Lewis Point, ice was reported to be 12 inches plus. Wind, rain and snow have had an impact on ice production. Be careful of gas pockets and pressure cracks on the ice. Anglers are catching a fair amount of walleye, but many are small. A few good-sized perch are also being taken.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Be prepared for snow. Action is very limited; streams are closed in and the piers iced over.For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Ice on the Bays and is up to 8 inches. Snow has diluted the quality of ice being formed in some locations so be careful. With the short thaw there is some water on the ice. This combined with the forecasted snow will make travel difficult. The action on Sodus is over by the docks out from Katlynn Marina (the old trestle area). Another hot spot is at the south-east part of Sodus. The perch are in 18 feet of water and hitting artificial small rubber or perch colored jigs. The fish are schooling so you might have to move around for the jumbos. The pike are hitting between LeRoy Island and the east shore of the bay. Port Bay anglers are finding perch off the points and close to the channel. Anglers were catching pan fish near Widewaters in Newark. The ice is 8 - 10 inches thick. Just beware the canal still has current and not all ice is uniform. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. They also offer an ice fishing guide which gives you the basics of fishing on our bays. Contact the tourism office if you wish the brochure.

 (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Long and Cranberry Ponds, in Greece report 8 - 10 inches of good ice but watch for holes. Also, besure and check the shore ice before venturing out. The perch are providing fair to good action. Braddock's Bay is locked up pretty good with a reported  solid 8 inches of ice. Fair pike action is noted here. Irondequiot Bay reports indicate up to 4 inches of ice, with 4 inches of snow, at the north end. Use caution. Further south in the county, 100 Acre Pond and Quaker Pond reporting 4 -10 inches but be careful of ice skaters. On the lower Genesee, if you get to open water, try for brown trout. (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: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect rain/snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink, chartreuse and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. Shelf ice and slush ice have been a factor in the lower end of the river but have not been a problem in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: This region continues to be affected by the lake-effect rain and snow, along with the bone chilling temperatures, so there is no new fishing information to report. Be prepared to deal with snow. Temperatures will be extremely cold through the weekend but the forecast is showing some moderation as we go into early next week. As this happens look for steelhead and rainbows throughout the river. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

OTHER WATERS: The rivers will generally be closed in with ice and snow. If you can reach open water try marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery 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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

Dryden Lake (Tompkins County) – Last week -skim ice up to 2 inches – no reports this week. Cayuta Lake (Schuyler County) – Last week - 4 inches of snow/ice at DEC parking area. Lots of small perch.

Loon Lake (Steuben County) – Ice reported at 4 – 5 inches of black ice with 2 inches of white ice on top; middle had 8 inches white ice. Fish marked but few caught.

New Albion, Case, Quaker and Harwood Lakes (Cattaraugus County) - Lakes have between 5-6 inches of ice, with varying amounts of snow on top. Fishing is generally fair for a mix of panfish, however anglers also have chance to catch large trout (see above).

 

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

JANUARY 2018

13 - A Brief Natural History of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls at the Portville Free Library, 1 North Main Street, Portville, New York (10:30 am) Tim Baird shares his knowledge of the “new” 8th wonder of the world. This program looks into the geology of the Niagara River region and the formation of the Niagara Gorge and Niagara Falls. Details in the presentation may be new to the casual visitor to Niagara Falls and will aid in the appreciation of this truly unique region. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (Register by 4 PM, Thursday, January 11th, 2018.) (For information/register go to www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org or call 716-933-0187.)

13 – Outfitter Fair at the Southtowns Walleye Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) New and used fishing and hunting equipment. (For information call 716-465-6100.)

19-21 - The 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY. (For information go to niagarafishingexpo.com.) Some 70 speakers will be dishing out over 120 seminars and the Main Event hall is sold out with top quality fishing and fishing related exhibitors. Three days of education covering a wide spectrum of angling knowledge. Rick Hajecki, Greg Amiel, Dan Keating, Mark McClutchey, Jake Romanack, Jason Coslow, Frank Campbell, Dan Colville, Tim Thomas, Matt Yablonsky, Lance Valentine … the list is a long one. (Check it all out at www.niagarafishingexpo.com.) You won’t want to miss this one. Bring a friend 

20 - LOTSA Salmon School at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY. (For information and sign up go to www.lotsa1.org.)

20-21– Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Recreational Sports Show at the Good Times of Olean Center, 800 East State Street, Olean, NY (Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Hosted by the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce. 60 booths. (Admission: $3.00/Seniors $2.00/Children 12 and under free) (For information call 716-372-4433 or email meme@oleanny.com or go to http://www.oleanny.com)

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*TIP: ICE SAFETY:

General Ice Thickness Guidelines

For New, Clear Ice Only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

 

  

 

 

*TIP #2: BRRRRRR!: The leading cause of death among hunters and fishermen is hypothermia - exposure. If you're headed out to fish this week be prepared.
Dress in layers - You can always remove clothes you don't need but can't put them on if you don't have them. Start with a base layer, and socks, made of a synthetic material that draws moisture away from your body. A wet body loses heat faster than a dry one. Add an insulating layer of fleece or wool in the middle and a protecting layer of waterproof/windproof breathable laminate on top.
Protect Your Extremities – Wear insulated boots and gloves suitable for wet and cold conditions. Also, have something to protect your face from wind and cold temperatures.

 

*LAKE ERIE:  The lake is 40 percent ice covered and with the extreme cold temperature, the amount of ice cover is expanding considerably.  No reports of safe ice for fishing have been found.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: The Lake Erie tributaries are locked up with ice and snow. No known fishing opportunities at present.

There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Floating ice is accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting shore fishing opportunities. Most harbors are iced over, but no safe ice reported yet. Upper river waters are murky but fishable. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The inner harbor has solid ice of 7 inches plus. Harbor anglers generally catch yellow perch and sunfish, with many throwbacks for every keeper. Tip-ups with shiners produce the occasional northern pike. Some anglers are venturing outside of the inner harbor, but ice thickness is unknown.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Some boats made it out on the lower river water but fishing was slow with stained conditions. Limited fishing due to accumulating pack ice, increasing further downriver. Devils hole remains mostly open, however anglers have to deal with floating ice. Lewiston launch is currently open, but pack ice could shut it down this weekend.

Regulation notes: Lake trout season opened on January 1st. Also starting January 1st, walleye daily limit decreased from 3 to 1, with minimum length of 18 inches. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS:  The sections directly below the dams at Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks remain open, but slack water and lower sections are iced over. Anglers are catching a few brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. All of the other creeks are frozen. Yellow perch action has picked up in the Wilson and Olcott Harbors. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information. For the hard water angler keep an eye on the back area of Wilson Harbor. Ice ranging to 4 inches is reported. Anglers are catching some yellow perch and the occasional pike, brown trout or steelhead catch is possible.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Most of the south basin has good ice of around 5 inches. Anglers are mostly catching smaller yellow perch, with a few keepers mixed in. Bluegill, crappie and walleye are other potential catches. There is some fishing activity in spots around the north basin, but the ice is reportedly very sketchy with varying ice thicknesses everywhere. Some spots of 2 inches or less are masked by slush and deep snow. Best to stick to the south basin for now. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: Anglers are now fishing all parts of the lake. Ice is 8 inches plus in the northern end off Perry Public Beach. Yellow perch are biting very well. Anglers are catching lots of 6-8 inch perch with some keepers mixed in. The south end of lake has ice of 5 inches plus, and the panfish bite remains slow. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike. 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: Hard water is forming on the lake. At the north end, it’s up to 8 inches. Anglers are catching good numbers of keeper sunfish. Tip-ups with minnows produce the occasional northern pike or tiger muskellunge. No reports on the south end or the rest of the lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Skim ice up to several inches is forming along shore and in some bays but No Safe Ice is reported. (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: There is a reported 5 inches of ice on a portion of the lake and anglers are out after smelt. Not a hot bite but enough to keep it interesting. (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: Not good ice lakewide but enough solid ice, up to 7 inches, for anglers to enjoy some fishing. The lake is producing some good panfish in the shallows and as ice thickness improves, they’ll be able to get out to deeper water and catch more of a mixed bag.

Be careful and check the ice as you move around. (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: No reports on ice at the north or south ends. Be extra cautious if you do go out. Open water fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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: Up to 6 inches of ice on the lakes. Perch are providing action but they’re mostly small. If you go out check the ice as you move around. 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: Ice fishing is still on hold for most of the lake but hard water anglers are going out at the Penn Yan end. 5 – 6 inches of black ice is reported there’s a hot perch bite. Try a pink-bead head nymph tipped with a spike. Lots of small for each big. On the open water laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. (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: Some ice reported at the ends of the lake but no details. On the open water a few anglers try their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. (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: Hard water anglers have some ice to check out at the north end. Anglers are out on 6 – 8 inches of ice. Pickerel and some perch are being caught. It’s reportedly locked up from Union Springs north but no details. Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging but it’s cold out there. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Some ice is forming at the south end but wind action prevents any ice formation at the north end. (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: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Below 0 temperatures have tried but accompanied winds have prevented/limited ice formation. The south end is beginning to look like the surface of the moon. A lot of broken up ice frozen into sections to form a conglomerate of uneven ice. Not good and not good enough to fish.  (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: Hard water anglers are out on up to 6 inches of ice at the north end of the lake but action is slow. The main lake remains open. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running at moderate levels but are mostly snowed/iced in. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. 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: The reservoir is covered with ice up to 8 - 10 inches. Just be careful if you venture near the channel. Fathead minnows are taking walleye and a few crappie. If no action switch up sizes, colors, and presentation. Best times are morning and later afternoon hours. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: This region has received a lot of lake-effect snow in the last few weeks which may make moving around on the ice difficult. However, there is 7 inches to a foot of ice being reported and anglers have been enjoying the good conditions catching walleye, perch and Northern pike. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Ice is forming along shore and in some bays but no reports on thickness or if anything is being caught. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Hardwater anglers are getting some localized action but you have to check the ice constantly.  Reported ice depths range from 0 to 10 inches. Wind and snow have had an impact on ice production. Be careful of gas pockets and pressure cracks on the ice. Anglers are catching a fair amount of walleye, but many are small. A few good-sized perch are also being taken.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Be prepared for snow. Action is very limited; streams are closed in and the piers iced over.For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Ice is forming on the Bays and there is up to 8 inches. Snow has diluted the quality of ice being formed in some locations so be careful. The action on Sodus is over by the docks out from Katlynn Marina (the old trestle area). Another hot spot is at the south-east part of Sodus. The perch are in 18 feet of water and hitting artificial small rubber or perch colored jigs. The fish are schooling so you might have to move around for the jumbos. The pike are hitting between LeRoy Island and the east shore of the bay.

Port Bay anglers are finding perch off the points and close to the channel. Anglers were catching pan fish near Widewaters in Newark. The ice is 8 inches thick. Just beware the canal still has current and not all ice is uniform. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Long and Cranberry Ponds, in Greece report 6 – 8 inches of good ice but watch for holes. The perch are providing fair to good action. Braddock's Bay is locked up pretty good with a  reported  solid 8 inches of ice. Fair pike action is noted here. Irondequiot Bay reports indicate up to 4 inches of ice, with 4 inches of snow, at the north end. Use caution. Further south in the county 100 Acre Pond is reporting 4 +/- inches but be careful of ice skaters. (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: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink, chartreuse and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. Shelf ice and slush ice have been a factor in the lower end of the river but have not been a problem in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: This region continues to be affected by the lake-effect snow, along with the bone chilling temperatures, so there is no new fishing information to report. Be prepared to deal with snow. Temperatures will be extremely cold through the weekend but the forecast is showing some moderation as we go into early next week. As this happens look for steelhead and rainbows throughout the river. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

*OTHER WATERS: The rivers are generally closed in with ice and snow. If you can reach open water try marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery 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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

Dryden Lake (Tompkins County) – Last week -skim ice up to 2 inches – no reports this week. Cayuta Lake (Schuyler County) – Last week - 4 inches of snow/ice at DEC parking area. Lots of small perch.

Loon Lake (Steuben County) – Ice reported at 4 – 5 inches of black ice with 2 inches of white ice on top; middle had 8 inches white ice. Fish marked but few caught.

New Albion, Case, Quaker and Harwood Lakes (Cattaraugus County) - Lakes have between 5-6 inches of ice, with varying amounts of snow on top. Fishing is generally fair for a mix of panfish, however anglers also have chance to catch large trout (see above).

 

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

JANUARY 2018

1- Start of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout (>9/30)

1 - Walleye regulations change on the lower Niagara River from three to one fish for a daily limit. (> 3/15)

1 – Start of Hunting Season for Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) in the Southern Tier portion of Western New York (>1/31)

1-2/28 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament through Feb. 28. Seven species categories. Open water or through the ice. (For information go to www.nyswinterclassic.com.)

2-3/15 – Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Winter Fishing Derby (Entry fee is $20) 8 species divisions. (For information call 716-407-3021)

13 – Outfitter Fair at the Southtowns Walleye Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) New and used fishing and hunting equipment. (For information call 716-465-6100.)

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TIP: ICE SAFETY:

General Ice Thickness Guidelines For New, Clear Ice Only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

 

Anglers visiting Seneca Lake should stay alert, watching for dead fish. Reports have been made of multi species die offs from several parts of the lake. If you observe dead fish report it to DEC (Brad Hammers 585-226-5344. Or email brad.hammers@dec.ny.gov.)

 

 

LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie proper is a mess due to the high winds and snow that have been pounding the lake and the muddy run-off from the tribs. No current reports on yellow perch this week. If conditions calm down try 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. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st, keeper bass must be at least 20 inches. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Along the Ohio shoreline there has been a hot walleye bite off Cleveland around the break walls and harbors, as well as off Lorain harbor and off shore.  Daytime action includes using deep-diving Bandits and Reef Runners (800 Series) behind mini-boards with 40 to 80 foot leads.  Lures with pink, purple and chartreuse are fairly consistent.  At night, the same areas apply using shallow running Smithwick Perfect 10’s behind lighted mini-boards with 10 to 20 foot leads.  Hard water prospects are improving as 5 – 6 inches of ice now covers the Small Boat Basin.

 LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Extreme cold has the streams freezing quickly. The smaller creeks are completely locked up and open water is very limited on the mid to larger streams. The upper section of Cattaraugus Creek is your best bet for finding open water areas. When fishing winter conditions, it is best to keep drifted offerings slow and low for steelhead that are more lethargic and hugging the bottom. It is also good to concentrate efforts during the warmest part of the day. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The Dunkirk Harbor is covered with ice, except for a small patch of open water near the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. That area will probably soon freeze as well, with no warm water run off from the NRG power station, which is currently in “moth-balled” status. If you do head out to the streams, use extra caution as the hard bottom creek bed and streamside can get slick with freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions. Ditto for fishing off local piers. Spray from wave action can freeze quickly, creating hazardous conditions. There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Floating ice is accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting shore fishing opportunities. Most harbors are iced over, but no safe ice reported yet. Upper river waters are murky but fishable. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. Plenty of anglers fishing the inner harbor today on good ice of 5-6 inches. There is no dock access at any time. Anglers can access ice from boat launches

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Currently, lower river water color is good and ice accumulation along shorelines has been minimal. When conditions have permitted, the trout bite has been good from Devils Hole to the mouth of the river. Walleye are available as well. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sac, flatfish style lure or live shiner is the standard boating technique. Shore anglers see the best bite along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. The NYPA platform is closed for the winter. Regulation notes: Lake trout season to open on January 1st. Also starting January 1st, walleye daily limit decreases from 3 to 1, with minimum length of 18 inches. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few browns and steelhead close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Look for some trout 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. Most of the activity, however, is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS:  The sections directly below the dams at Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks remain open, but slack water and lower sections are iced over. Anglers are catching a few brown trout and steelhead with occasional coho salmon mixed in. All of the other creeks are frozen. Yellow perch action has picked up in the Wilson and Olcott Harbors. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information. For the hard water angler keep an eye on the back area of Wilson Harbor. Ice ranging from skim to 2 ½ inches is reported. Nothing is safe now.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Much of the lake is ice covered. It ranges from skim ice to slushy snow to 3 inches is but NO SAFE ICE is reported. Ice is still forming but with the extreme cold for the next week, we should see some safe ice soon. Winds have kept the lake free of snow which should help with ice formation. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide for what’s still available. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries are open until December 31. The area's trout streams are running at moderate flows, but water temperatures are cool. Depending on where you head, you may have to search for open water. Anglers can fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. 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: Skim ice up to 4 inches is forming on the lake but the quality of the ice varies as to the amounts of black and white ice in the mix. Be extra careful if you do go out. 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: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. On the open water scene, the lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: Skim ice forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. (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: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays, up to 21/2 inches. NO SAFE ICE is reported. (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: Lake is icing over. Currently it goes from skin to 4-5 inches and the quality seems to vary as to content of white and black ice and slush. Anglers are going out but the bite is reported slow. Be careful and check the ice as you move around. (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: No reports on ice at the north or south ends. Be extra cautious if you do go out. Open water fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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: Skim ice was forming along shore and in some bays last week and that may have become fishable but no reports on current conditions. If you go outcheck the ice as you move around. 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: Ice fishing is still on hold but hard water anglers can be hopeful as skim ice is reported at the north ends. On the open water laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (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: No ice reported on the lake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Hard water anglers have some ice to check out at the north end. It’s supposedly locked up from Union Springs north but no details. Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 100 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass (catch & release/artificial only) of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Atlantic salmon and brown trout fishing has been good in the tributaries. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass (catch & release/artificial only) in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 20 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The DEC launch has been closed for the season.  (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: No hard water fishing reported at this time. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent catch and release bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (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: Hard water anglers continue their wait. The main lake remains open but an area at the north end, along the dam reports about 3 inches of ice. No report on angler activity. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate levels depending on the snow. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. That season ends December 31st. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. 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: The reservoir was reported as covered with ice up to 6 – 8 inches. Just be extra careful if you venture near the channel. Fathead minnows are taking some walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: No word on ice conditions but hardwater anglers are going on the ice at Blind Creek Cove. There’s been a lot of snow and that affects freezing so be careful and check the ice as you move around. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Ice is forming along shore and in some bays but no reports on thickness or if anything is being caught. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Hardwater anglers are getting some localized action but you have to check the ice constantly.  Wind and snow have slowed ice lakewide production. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Be prepared for snow. Maxwell Creek still has brown trout and steelhead. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Ice is forming on the Bays but there is nothing safe yet. Snow has diluted the quality of ice being formed. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Long and Cranberry Ponds, in Greece report 6 – 8 inches of good ice but watch for holes. The perch are providing fair to good action. Braddock's Bay is locked up pretty good with a  reported  solid 8 inches of ice. Good pike action is noted here. Irondequiot Bay reports indicate some ice at the north end but nothing deemed safe. Further south in the county 100 Acre Pond is reporting 4 +/- inches but be careful of ice skaters. (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: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink, chartreuse and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There has not been much shore fishing activity with the very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. Driftboats reporting earlier in the week were finding steelhead, rainbows and the occasional brown trout but they were working for them at times. When the river level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass (catch & release) are being taken on tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. Driftboats have been active in the river with anglers finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but brown trout seem to be rather scarce. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the snow and rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The section of the Chemung, 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. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM. The Susquehanna in particular has produced walleyes on sucker minnows. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery 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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

Dryden Lake (Tompkins County) – Last week -skim ice up to 2 inches – no reports this week. Cayuta Lake (Schuyler County) – Last week - 2 inches of snow/ice at DEC parking area – no reports on thickness this week.

Loon Lake (Steuben County) – Ice reported at 4 – 5 inches of black ice with 2 inches of white ice on top; middle 8 inches white ice. Fish marked but few caught.

New Albion, Case and Harwood Lakes (Cattaraugus County) - Lakes have between 4-6 inches of ice, with varying amounts of snow on top. Fishing is generally fair for a mix of panfish, however anglers also have chance to catch large trout (see above).

 

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

DECEMBER 2017

31 - Close of Fishing Season for Trout in the Finger Lakes Tributaries

JANUARY 2018

1- Start of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout (>9/30)

1 - Walleye regulations change on the lower Niagara River from three to one fish for a daily limit. (> 3/15)

1-2/28 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament through Feb. 28. Seven species categories. Open water or through the ice. (For information go to www.nyswinterclassic.com.)

2-3/15 – Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Winter Fishing Derby (Entry fee is $20) 8 species divisions. (For information call 716-407-3021)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Hope you get all those outdoor goodies you’ve been dreaming about and don’t forget to report those flying reindeer.

 

TIP: IT”S COMING - - ICE SAFETY:

General Ice Thickness Guidelines

For New, Clear Ice Only

2" or less - STAY OFF

4" - Ice fishing or other activities on foot

5" - Snowmobile or ATV

8" - 12" - Car or small pickup

12" - 15" - Medium truck

Remember that these thicknesses are merely guidelines for new, clear, solid ice. Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe.

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s fishing activity and conditions are much the same as last week. There are spots of skim ice but NO SAFE ice is reported. Perhaps that will change with the cold temperatures forecast for this coming week. Think safety if you do go out. One angler was lost in the Adirondacks this past week.

 

Anglers visiting Seneca Lake should stay alert, watching for dead fish. Reports have been made of multi species die offs from several parts of the lake. If you observe dead fish report it to DEC (Brad Hammers 585-226-5344. Or email brad.hammers@dec.ny.gov.)

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TIP: ICE FISHING COMING SOON??: Ice fishing is an easy, inexpensive way to fish that is surprisingly beginner friendly. It's also a fun social experience that's like a cross between tailgating and fishing.
Let's talk about the basics of ice fishing. The only equipment needed beyond your basic fishing gear and a valid fishing license is an ice auger and a slush spoon, and you can snag a substitute for a slush spoon in your kitchen. A hand-powered ice auger will cost about $75, and a gas-powered auger about $300 and up. Go ahead a buy a slush spoon for another $15. It comes in handy, and you won't get in trouble for pilfering utensils out of the kitchen.
Now it's time get on the ice and go fishing. Caution and common sense are advised so it will be a safe outing. The general rule of thumb is three to four inches of solid ice will support a person, and eight to 10 inches of solid ice are needed to support an ATV or snowmobile. If something about the ice doesn't look or feel right, don't risk it.
When you've determined the ice is safe, drill a hole, drop a line with a baited hook and/or a small jig and you're fishing. But part of the fun of ice fishing is using multiple lines. Anglers are allowed to use up to three lines and five tip-ups except as noted in special regulations for specific waters. When fishing gets hot, tending all those lines can be tricky, but that's part of the fun.
Anglers catch a variety of fish; primarily perch, sunfish, pickerel, northern pike and walleye. In addition, many waters throughout New York State are open to fishing for trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon.
The primary tactic is usually drop your bait and wait, so it's very easy for beginners to do. But there's still an art to it, and good ice anglers will routinely catch more fish than novice or casual anglers. That's one reason it's common to see experienced anglers on the ice with an array of tackle and gadgets, usually coupled with sleds, tents and often coolers and grills for a cook out. That's part of the social experience ice fishing. There's room for everyone on the ice, and many people enjoy the festive atmosphere as much the fishing.

 

LAKE ERIE: Lake Erie proper is a mess due to the high winds and snow that have been pounding the lake and the muddy run-off from the tribs. No current reports on yellow perch this week. If conditions calm down try 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. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st, keeper bass must be at least 20 inches. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Along the Ohio shoreline there has been a hot walleye bite off Cleveland around the break walls and harbors, as well as off Lorain harbor and off shore.  Daytime action includes using deep-diving Bandits and Reef Runners (800 Series) behind mini-boards with 40 to 80 foot leads.  Lures with pink, purple and chartreuse are fairly consistent.  At night, the same areas apply using shallow running Smithwick Perfect 10’s behind lighted mini-boards with 10 to 20 foot leads.  Hard water prospects are improving as a skim ice covers the Small Boat Basin. Nothing safe but it’s a start.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: A good old-fashioned snow storm hit Western New York, and it has impacted water conditions in the lake tributaries. Rain and high winds hit first, creating a muddy mess that was quite severe. Then the snow. Anglers have continued to see good steelhead action on the Lake Erie tributaries, with quality reports coming from Canadaway, Silver, Walnut and Eighteenmile Creeks. Cattaraugus Creek had been running high, but has dropped back into great fishing shape just in time for the weekend. All other creeks are in good shape today and conditions range from low and clear to moderate with good color. With freezing temperatures forecasted for the next week, expect fishing to get a bit more challenging on the smaller creeks due to lower flows and icy conditions. When fishing winter conditions, it is best to keep drifted offerings slow and low for steelhead that are more lethargic and hugging the bottom. It is also good to concentrate efforts during the warmest part of the day. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Trout fishing at Dunkirk Harbor is not as productive as it was when the power plant was operational and it's warmwater discharge drew bait and sportfish into the harbor. However, anglers at the city pier have caught a few hefty brown trout recently. If you do head out to the streams, use extra caution as the hard bottom creek bed and streamside can get slick with freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions. Ditto for fishing off local piers. Spray from wave action can freeze quickly, creating hazardous conditions.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are murky but fishable. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: A good old-fashioned snow storm hit Western New York again. It hasn’t touched Niagara Falls but it did impact water conditions in the Niagara River. Rain and high winds hit first, creating a muddy mess that was quite severe. Just prior to the change, though, the Niagara River was on fire with a focus on steelhead but offering anglers a mixed bag of fish all the way around – from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Fishing will pick back up for shore anglers first, as nearshore waters tend to be a little less turbid. Boaters and shore anglers have been catching mostly lake trout and steelhead, with the occasional brown trout or walleye mixed in. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Boaters do well with a three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners. The Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts tend to be most productive. Shore anglers see the best bite along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. Muskellunge and tiger muskellunge seasons extend through December 15 on the lower river. The platform, as well as all the other New York Power For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few browns and steelhead close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Look for some trout 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. Most of the activity, however, is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Most Lake Ontario tributaries are in good fishing shape. Eighteenmile Creek has a moderate, muddy flow. Burt anglers report modest catches of steelhead and brown trout, with the the last of the season's coho salmon. Oak Orchard Creek has moderate flow with a light stain and upwards of 2 feet of visibility. Oak Orchard anglers are catching a decent mix of steelhead and brown trout. Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks have moderate flows and are also good trout options. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. For the fly anglers try stone flies in black, brown or green, Woolie buggers and egg sucking leeches. Yellow perch action has slowed in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek but has picked up in the Wilson and Olcott Harbors. Lake Alice still offers bass fishing in the upper stretches. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with large stickbaits (where possible) or casting stickbaits, spoons and spinners are good bets. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information. The Erie Canal is only partially dewatered while crews continue to work on the system. When they have completed their work the canal should be filled again to check their work and then the final dewatering will be done. What this means for out tributaries is extra water well into December this year. For the hard water angler keep an eye on the back area of Wilson Harbor. Ice ranging from skim to 2 ½ inches is reported. Nothing is safe now.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. The open-lake season is winding down, but fishing prospects are still good, if the weather cooperates. Anglers have recently been catching walleye along weedlines. Vertical jigging around the rims of deeper holes is also a good bet for walleye. Try black jig heads tipped off with a nightcrawler on deep edges and along the northeast side of Rock Island. Anglers should look for fall concentrations of crappie in the same locations they are found in spring, such as in canals, off canal mouths and around shallow structure. Small minnows or tube jigs mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots work well for crappie. anglers are finding smallies (catch and release/artificial only) in deep sections of the lake, including Long Point, Warners Bar and Lakewood Bar. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide for what’s still available. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries are open until December 31. The area's trout streams are running high with muddy flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers can fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  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: Skim ice is forming along shore at the north and south ends and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. Working the weed beds is a good start for bluegill, perch and some crappie. Some days provide non-stop action on bluegills and on others action is slow. Most fish are small but reports have some sizeable bluegills included. There are some reports of fair bass action (catch & release/artificial only) but no details. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.  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: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: Skim ice forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. (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: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. (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: Skim ice is forming along shore, at the south end and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. Try the 6-8 foot depth range. Move in and out until you find their desired depth on a particular day. Some days, that depth will change quickly as the water warms up after a cool night. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. As the water cools more, flip the thicker weeds or downsize and throw 4 inch worms or french fries. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly.

Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (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: Overall, fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 100 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass (catch & release/artificial only) of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Atlantic salmon and brown trout fishing has been good in the tributaries. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass (catch & release/artificial only) in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 20 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The DEC launch has been closed for the season.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent catch and release bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain/snow. During cold weather, trout anglers will have to look for open water on warm sunny days to test their skill. Midday is usually better when the weather is colder as that is usually the warmest time of the day. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. That season ends December 31st. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. 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: The reservoir was reported as covered with skim ice but nothing reported safe. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays, but NO SAFE ICE is reported. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Skim ice is forming along shore and in some bays but NO SAFE ICE is reported. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Weather permitting some good catches on perch and walleyes; and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthye, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals bur remember it’s now it’s now a catch-and-release, artificials-only - jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. No reports of ice formation. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Be prepared for snow. Maxwell Creek still has brown trout and steelhead. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Ice is forming along the shores of the Bays but there is nothing safe yet. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: NO SAFE ICE is reported. Some skim ice, up to 3 inches, is forming along the shore and in some bays of the Greece ponds and the northeast corner of Irondequoit Bay but none safe. (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: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink, chartreuse and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: This area has been right in the middle of the lake-effect snow band so be prepared to deal with snow. There has not been much shore fishing activity with the very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. Driftboats reporting earlier in the week were finding steelhead, rainbows and the occasional brown trout but they were working for them at times. When the river level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass (catch & release) are being taken on tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. Driftboats have been active in the river with anglers finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but brown trout seem to be rather scarce. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the snow and rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The section of the Chemung, 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. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM. The Susquehanna in particular has produced walleyes on sucker minnows. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery 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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

Dryden Lake (Tompkins County) – Skim ice up to 2 inches. It’s still unsafe but a few anglers are out.

Cayuta Lake (Schuyler County) – 2 inches of snow/ice at DEC parking area – not safe.

 

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*TIP 1: SOMETHING EVERY TACKLE BOX SHOULD HAVE: A small pair of scissors is one of the most useful items that a fisherman could carry in his tackle box. Have you ever cut yourself with a knife trying to open those frustrating blister packs most lures are packaged in? Use scissors instead for an easier, safer way to release lures from their packaging. Scissors are great for trimming long tail feathers and hair when fish are short striking your flies and poppers. Using trimming knots or cutting cloth for spawn sacks with scissors is a lot easier than using a knife. Pork rinds and plastic teasers can be cut to any size much easier with scissors. Using scissors to snip tail fins off live minnows makes them livelier on the hook, enticing more fish to take your bait. Another option for keeping scissors in a tackle box is a multi-tool that has scissors included as one of its tools. You may also find many uses for the screw drivers, knife blades, files, and other options that come with this handy tool.

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DECEMBER 2017

15 - Close of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

 

*TIP 3: A reminder that 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: Lake Erie proper is a mess due to the high winds and snow that have been pounding the lake and the muddy run-off from the tribs. No current reports on yellow perch this week. If conditions calm down try 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. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st, keeper bass must be at least 20 inches. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Along the Ohio shoreline there has been a hot walleye bite off Cleveland around the break walls and harbors, as well as off Lorain harbor and off shore.  Daytime action includes using deep-diving Bandits and Reef Runners (800 Series) behind mini-boards with 40 to 80 foot leads.  Lures with pink, purple and chartreuse are fairly consistent.  At night, the same areas apply using shallow running Smithwick Perfect 10’s behind lighted mini-boards with 10 to 20 foot leads. 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: A good old-fashioned snow storm hit Western New York this week, and it has impacted water conditions in the the lake tributaries. Rain and high winds hit first, creating a muddy mess that was quite severe. Then the snow. Just prior to the change, though, tribs were on fire with a focus on steelhead. Reports came in from numerous anglers having banner days casting the tributaries of Lake Erie. One common theme we heard time and time again was not to be afraid to explore. Try some new waters and seek out back waters where pressure is not an issue. Typically after a rain/snow event the smallest tributaries like Walnut and Silver Creek clear in a day or two. Larger creeks like Chautauqua and Canadaway can take several days to clear and Eighteenmile Creek in Hamburg takes three days to return to a fishable green color. Near or below freezing overnight air temperatures help sediment settle out from the cold, denser water – accelerating the clearing process. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Note that all the docks have been pulled for the season near the lake at Cattaraugus Creek. If you do head out to the streams, use extra caution as the hard bottom creek bed and streamside can get slick with freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions. Ditto for fishing off local piers. Spray from wave action can freeze quickly, creating hazardous conditions.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: A good old-fashioned snow storm hit Western New York this week. It hasn’t touched Niagara Falls but it did impact water conditions in the Niagara River. Rain and high winds hit first, creating a muddy mess that was quite severe. Just prior to the change, though, the Niagara River was on fire with a focus on steelhead but offering anglers a mixed bag of fish all the way around – from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Fishing will pick back up for shore anglers first, as nearshore waters tend to be a little less turbid. Boaters and shore anglers have been catching mostly lake trout and steelhead, with the occasional brown trout or walleye mixed in. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Boaters do well with a three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners. The Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts tend to be most productive. Shore anglers see the best bite along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. Muskellunge and tiger muskellunge seasons extend through December 15 on the lower river. The platform, as well as all the other New York Power Authority access (stairs off Upper Mountain Road, Stairs at Devil’s Hole and the upper river Water Intakes) will all closed at the end of the day on December 3.  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few browns and steelhead close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Look for some trout 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. Most of the activity, however, is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Most Lake Ontario tributaries are in good fishing shape. Eighteenmile Creek has a moderate, muddy flow. Burt anglers report modest catches of steelhead and brown trout, with the the last of the season's coho salmon. Oak Orchard Creek has moderate flow with a light stain and upwards of 2 feet of visibility. Oak Orchard anglers are catching a decent mix of steelhead and brown trout. Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks have moderate flows and are also good trout options. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. For the fly anglers try stone flies in black, brown or green, Woolie buggers and egg sucking leeches. Yellow perch action has slowed in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek but has picked up in the Wilson and Olcott Harbors. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter and the crappie action is picking up. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with large stickbaits (where possible) or casting stickbaits, spoons and spinners are good bets. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information. The Erie Canal is only partially dewatered while crews continue to work on the system. When they have completed their work the canal should be filled again to check their work and then the final dewatering will be done. What this means for out tributaries is extra water well into December this year.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Open-lake season is winding down, but fishing prospects are still good, if the weather cooperates. Anglers have recently been catching walleye along weedlines. Vertical jigging around the rims of deeper holes is also a good bet for walleye. Try black jig heads tipped off with a nightcrawler on deep edges and along the northeast side of Rock Island. Anglers should look for fall concentrations of crappie in the same locations they are found in spring, such as in canals, off canal mouths and around shallow structure. Small minnows or tube jigs mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots work well for crappie. anglers are finding smallies (catch and release/artificial only) in deep sections of the lake, including Long Point, Warners Bar and Lakewood Bar. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*SILVER LAKE: Working the weed beds is a good start for bluegill, perch and some crappie. Some days provide non-stop action on bluegills and on others action is slow. Most fish are small but reports have some sizeable bluegills included. There are some reports of fair bass action (catch & release/artificial only) but no details. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.  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: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. Try the 6-8 foot depth range. Move in and out until you find their desired depth on a particular day. Some days, that depth will change quickly as the water warms up after a cool night. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. As the water cools more, flip the thicker weeds or downsize and throw 4 inch worms or french fries. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly.

Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (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: Overall, fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 100 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass (catch & release/artificial only) of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass (catch & release/artificial only) in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 20 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent catch and release bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain/snow. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. That season ends December 31st. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye action continues at a fair pace around the islands on the reservoir. Decent numbers but not many of legal size (18 inches). Try drifting with worms or minnows or using bucktail jigs, twister tails, and crankbaits. Tipping jigs with nightcrawler or leeches has increased success. Some white crappie and bluegills are being taken on small minnows and jigs fished near shore. A few yellow perch are hitting on fathead minnows.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: Some reports of hot perch fishing have come in, but no specifics. The northern pike bite is at a slow pace. Try plastics or floating a minnow under a bobber. Walleyes are spotty. Worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a worm take some fish. Live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber are working for crappie. Early and later in the day seem to be the most productive times.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Weather permitting some good catches on perch and walleyes; and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthy this fall, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals bur remember it’s now it’s now a catch-and-release, artificials-only - jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few steelhead and 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. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Maxwell Creek still has brown trout and steelhead. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Weather permitting, bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended at 10 to 15 feet and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. DEC pulled the docks this week so use caution when launching from the ramps. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Anglers report continued catches of brown trout and steelhead the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a good technique for trout. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass catch and release fishing continues. A variety of artificial lures were working for the bass.  (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SALMON RIVER: There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink and blue egg sacs producing fish. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring steelhead into the river but made the river hard to fish. When the level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass (catch & release) are being taken on tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. Driftboats have been active in the river with anglers finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but brown trout seem to be rather scarce. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The section of the Chemung, 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. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. (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 )

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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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DECEMBER 2017

15 - Close of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

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TIP 1: FIND WINTERTIME SLABS: Don’t wait until spring to go crappie fishing. Great fishing is out there right now! In winter, the structure with the most potential will be relatively deep, depending on the location of the thermocline and the mean depth of the lake. You’ll find prime structure on the main lake adjacent to a channel or major dropoff. Focus your search on points, ridges, humps, and flats with tight contour lines. Once you locate the structure and identify the

edge, you will need to find key crappie holding cover. Hot spots can be stumps, rock piles or brush piles. The bigger slabs will be on isolated pieces of cover. Finding winter crappie takes a little work, but once you hook into them you’ll quickly forget about the winter chill.

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TIP 2: SEASON CHANGES:

NOVEMBER 2017

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass and Muskellunge

30 - End of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County) and Rushford Lake (Allegany County)

30 - Close of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

 

TIP 3: A reminder that 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: Lake Erie proper is a mess due to the high winds that have been pounding the lake and the muddy run-off from the tribs. No current reports on yellow perch this week. If conditions calm down try 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. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st, keeper bass must be at least 20 inches. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Along the Ohio shoreline there has been a hot walleye bite off Cleveland around the break walls and harbors, as well as off Lorain harbor and off shore.  Daytime action includes using deep-diving Bandits and Reef Runners (800 Series) behind mini-boards with 40 to 80 foot leads.  Lures with pink, purple and chartreuse are fairly consistent.  At night, the same areas apply using shallow running Smithwick Perfect 10’s behind lighted mini-boards with 10 to 20 foot leads. 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Many of the small Lake Erie tributaries like Canadaway and Chautauqua Creeks are trending low and clear in their flows with pods of steelhead stranded and scattered throughout the deepest pools and runs. Eighteenmile Creek in Hamburg has retained good flows through the week and should fish well until another band of showers hit this week. Timing is everything.  Typically after a rain event of .25 to .5 inch, the smallest tributaries like Walnut and Silver Creek clear in a day. Larger creeks like Chautauqua and Canadaway can take between one and three days to clear and Eighteenmile Creek in Hamburg takes three days to return to a fishable green color. Near or below freezing overnight air temperatures help sediment settle out from the cold, denser water – accelerating the clearing process. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Note that all the docks have been pulled for the season near the lake at Cattaraugus Creek.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. Anglers have to remember as of December 1st keeper bass must be at least 20 inches on the river south of the Peace Bridge. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. November is traditionally a top month to target muskellunge in the upper river. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters are currently stained. Fishing will pick back up for shore anglers first, as nearshore waters tend to be a little less turbid. Boaters and shore anglers have been catching mostly lake trout and steelhead, with the occasional brown trout or walleye mixed in. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Boaters do well with a three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners. The Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts tend to be most productive. Shore anglers see the best bite along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. Muskellunge and tiger muskellunge seasons extend through December 15 on the lower river. The platform, as well as all the other New York Power Authority access (stairs off Upper Mountain Road, Stairs at Devil’s Hole and the upper river Water Intakes) will all close at the end of the day on December 3.  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few browns close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Look for some trout 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. Most of the activity, however, is taking place in the rivers. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Most Lake Ontario tributaries are in good fishing shape. Eighteenmile Creek has moderate and murky flow. Burt anglers report modest catches of steelhead with the occasional brown trout and what is likely the last of the season's coho salmon. Oak Orchard Creek has moderate flow with a light stain and upwards of 2 feet of visibility. Oak Orchard anglers are catching a decent mix of steelhead and brown trout. Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks have moderate flows and are also good trout options. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. Yellow perch action has slowed in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter and the crappie action is picking up. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with large stickbaits (where possible) or casting stickbaits, spoons and spinners are good bets. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information. The Erie Canal is only partially dewatered while crews continue to work on the system. When they have completed their work the canal should be filled again to check their work and then the final dewatering will be done.
What this means for out tributaries is extra water well into December this year.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Open-lake season is winding down, but fishing prospects are still good, if the weather cooperates. Anglers have recently been catching walleye along weedlines. Vertical jigging around the rims of deeper holes is also a good bet for walleye. Anglers should look for fall concentrations of crappie in the same locations they are found in spring, such as in canals, off canal mouths and around shallow structure. Small minnows or tube jigs mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots work well for crappie. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

SILVER LAKE: Working the weed beds is a good start for bluegill, perch and some crappie. Some days provide non-stop action on bluegills and on others action is slow. Most fish are small but reports have some sizeable bluegills included. There are some reports of fair bass action (catch & release/artificial only) but no details. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.  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: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. Try the 6-8 foot depth range. Move in and out until you find their desired depth on a particular day. Some days, that depth will change quickly as the water warms up after a cool night. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. As the water cools more, flip the thicker weeds or downsize and throw 4 inch worms or french fries. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly.

Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (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: Overall, fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 100 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass (catch & release/artificial only) of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass (catch & release/artificial only) in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 20 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye action continues at a fair pace around the islands on the reservoir. Decent numbers but not many of legal size (18 inches). Try drifting with worms or minnows or using bucktail jigs, twister tails, and crankbaits. Tipping jigs with nightcrawler or leeches has increased success. Some white crappie and bluegills are being taken on small minnows and jigs fished near shore. A few yellow perch are hitting on fathead minnows.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Some reports of hot perch fishing have come in, but no specifics. The northern pike bite is at a slow pace. Try plastics or floating a minnow under a bobber. Walleyes are spotty. Worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a worm take some fish. Live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber are working for crappie. Early and later in the day seem to be the most productive times.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: The north shore is still good. Some limit catches on perch and walleyes and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthy this fall, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals bur remember it’s now it’s now a catch-and-release, artificials-only - jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound 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. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Maxwell Creek still has brown trout and some steelhead. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended at 10 to 15 feet and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Anglers report continued catches of brown trout and steelhead the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a good technique for trout. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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: There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or pink and blue egg sacs producing fish. Both coho and chinook salmon are, also, being caught. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section closed November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring more steelhead into the river but made the river hard to fish. When the level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The section of the Chemung, 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. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. (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 )

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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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NOVEMBER 2017

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass and Muskellunge

30 - End of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County) and Rushford Lake (Allegany County)

30 - Close of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

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NOVEMBER 2017

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass and Muskellunge

30 - End of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County) and Rushford Lake (Allegany County)

30 - Close of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

 

*TIP 2: FISHING LICENSE: Fishing licenses are good for 365 days from date of purchase; check to make sure your license is still valid before heading out on the water! The current regulation guide, effective April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 can be obtained from a licensing agent or it can be viewed online at Freshwater Fishing Guide.

 

*TIP 3: A reminder that 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: Lake Erie proper is a mess due to the high winds that have been pounding the lake and the muddy run-off from the tribs. No current reports on yellow perch this week. If conditions calm down try 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: More water and more fish, that seems to be the theme this fall in all Lake Erie tributaries. When stream conditions are good, steelhead anglers are doing very well. Most steelhead have been in the 21-24 inch range, with the occasional bigger fish. Tribs should be ok, except Cattaraugus Creek. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting nickel/blue Little Cleo spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Note that all the docks have been pulled for the season near the lake at Cattaraugus Creek.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river musky anglers have one more week before the season closes after November 30. Unfortunately, windy weather has again left the river with a heavy stain. When waters clear, 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. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. November is traditionally a top month to target muskellunge in the upper river. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters are currently stained. Fishing will pick back up for shore anglers first, as nearshore waters tend to be a little less turbid. Boaters and shore anglers have been catching mostly lake trout and steelhead, with the occasional brown trout or walleye mixed in. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Boaters do well with a three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners. The Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts tend to be most productive. Shore anglers see the best bite along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. Muskellunge and tiger muskellunge seasons extend through December 15 on the lower river. Good news, the Devils Hole stair repair project has been completed early and stairs are back open for use. The NYPA platform remains open from dawn to dusk until December 1st, or the onset of ice and snow. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The lake fishing has wound down for the season. There are a few browns close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but watch the weather. Look for some trout 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. Most of the activity, however, is taking place in the rivers. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Lake Ontario tributaries like 18 Mile Creek have good numbers of fresh Coho salmon still working their way up stream. Try with eggs, egg imitations (like trout beads), and jigs tipped with wax worms all working under a float. Live bait could catch some fish, too. On 18 Mile, target the dam area for the salmon. The occasional brown can be found on the bottom near the base of the dam or spread throughout the creek. Steelhead have been down the creek in some of the faster water. Oak Orchard anglers are catching the same mix of trout and salmon, but brown trout have been more numerous. The Oak has good flow with 1-2 feet of visibility. High flows at mid-week on the freestone streams have subsided, giving anglers more options for the weekend. Creeks like Johnson and Sandy Creeks have dropped back to fishable flows and have a mix of steelhead and brown trout throughout their reaches. Smaller creeks like Keg, Twelvemile and West Branch Twelvemile Creeks are also worth a look.  Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. Yellow perch has slowed in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter and the crappie action is picking up. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with large stickbaits (where possible) or casting stickbaits, spoons and spinners are good bets. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Open-lake season is winding down, but fishing prospects are still good, if the weather cooperates. Anglers have recently been catching walleye along weedlines. Vertical jigging around the rims of deeper holes is also a good bet for walleye. Weedlines are also a good spot to target late-season muskellunge, by casting 9-inch jerk baits, glide baits or slow retrieving crankbaits in black or perch colors for success. Season closes November 30th. Anglers should look for fall concentrations of crappie in the same locations they are found in spring, such as in canals, off canal mouths and around shallow structure. Small minnows or tube jigs mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots work well for crappie. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide for what’s still available. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries are open until December 31. The area's trout streams are running high with muddy flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers can fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  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: Working the weed beds is a good start for bluegill, perch and some crappie. Some days provide non-stop action on bluegills and on others action is slow. Most fish are small but reports have some sizeable bluegills included. There are some reports of fair bass action but no details. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.  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: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. Try the 6-8 foot depth range. Move in and out until you find their desired depth on a particular day. Some days, that depth will change quickly as the water warms up after a cool night. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. As the water cools more, flip the thicker weeds or downsize and throw 4 inch worms or french fries. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly.

Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (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: Overall, fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. No reports on muskie fishing. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 100 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 20 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye action continues at a fair pace around the islands on the reservoir. Decent numbers but not many of legal size (18 inches). Try drifting with worms or minnows or using bucktail jigs, twister tails, and crankbaits. Tipping jigs with nightcrawler or leeches has increased success. Some white crappie and bluegills are being taken on small minnows and jigs fished near shore. A few yellow perch are hitting on fathead minnows. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair along shore with stick worms, crankbaits, jigs and crayfish all working.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: The northern pike bite is at a slow pace. Try plastics or floating a minnow under a bobber. Walleyes are spotty. Worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a worm take some fish. Live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber are working for crappie. Look for fair largemouth bass action. Early and later in the day seem to be the most productive times.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: The north shore is still good. Some limit catches on perch and walleyes and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthy this fall, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing has wound 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. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Rain has the streams in Wayne County high. Maxwell Creek has been hot with brown trout and some steelhead. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended at 10 to 15 feet and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Anglers report continued catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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: There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or egg sacs producing fish. Both coho and chinook salmon are, also, being caught. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section open season runs through November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring more steelhead into the river but made the river hard to fish. When the level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The section of the Chemung, 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. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 )

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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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NOVEMBER 2017

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass and Muskellunge

30 - End of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County) and Rushford Lake (Allegany County)

30 - Close of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

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

 

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TIP: NY SEA GRANT KING SALMON VIDEO - HIGH-TECH FISH TRACKING: New York Sea Grant has released a video highlighting the value of king salmon to the Lake Ontario ecosystem and local economies, and how Cornell University researchers and Sea Grant personnel are using pop-off satellite archival tags developed to work in freshwater to collect unprecedented data about salmon movement and behavior. Free access to the video is posted at https://youtu.be/pb4wJQc-O7A.

 

TIP 2: FISHING LICENSE: Fishing licenses are good for 365 days from date of purchase; check to make sure your license is still valid before heading out on the water! The current regulation guide, effective April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 can be obtained from a licensing agent or it can be viewed online at Freshwater Fishing Guide.

 

TIP 3: A reminder that 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: After about a week of high and muddy conditions, most creeks dropped into good shape at mid-week. Currently, creeks have moderate flows and good color. The exception is Cattaraugus Creek, which will likely remain higher and turbid through the weekend. Overall, steelhead catches have been good when conditions were good. Most steelhead have been in the 21-24 inch range, with the occasional bigger fish. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting nickel/blue Little Cleo spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Note that all the docks have been pulled for the season near the lake at Cattaraugus Creek.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: The river is very muddy following recent gusty winds, putting fishing on hold at the moment. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. 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. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Due to high wind and wave action on Lake Erie, lower river waters are heavily stained today. It will take at least a couple days for waters to settle out (without additional wind). Previously, drifters were doing well in the Devils Hole and Artpark Drifts for a mix of trout and the occasional late salmon. Steelhead are now the top target, but catches also include plenty of lake trout. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners work well for trout. Shore anglers entice trout bites with egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners. Boaters targeting smallmouth bass are doing well from Lewiston to the river mouth. Try crabs, shiners and tubes. Walleye are also being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Try a spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Yellow perch and walleye are also showing a little north of Lewiston. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: 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.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Lake Ontario tributaries like 18 Mile Creek are muddy but not high. There are some salmon still hanging around the Lake Ontario tributaries, however trout are now the predominant catch. Anglers at Fisherman's Park report good catches of brown trout and steelhead. Oak Orchard Creek has had consistently higher, but fishable flow this fall. Currently the Oak is slightly high with about a foot of visibility. Oak anglers are seeing decent catches of large brown trout, steelhead and the occasional fresh coho salmon. High flows at mid-week on the freestone streams have subsided, giving anglers more options for the weekend. Creeks such as Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks have moderate and murky flows, with trout scattered throughout their reaches. Some of the other smaller tribs are worth a look as well. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. Yellow perch have been showing in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter and the crappie action is picking up. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River were decent options for trout and salmon before heavy rains. It’s difficult to say how conditions are right now. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with large stickbaits (where possible) or casting stickbaits, spoons and spinners are good bets. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Open-lake season is winding down, but fishing prospects are still good. Anglers have recently been catching walleye along weedlines. Vertical jigging around the rims of deeper holes is also a good bet for walleye. Weedlines are also a good spot to target late-season muskellunge, by casting 9-inch jerk baits, glide baits or slow retrieving crankbaits in black or perch colors for success. Anglers should look for fall concentrations of crappie in the same locations they are found in spring, such as in canals, off canal mouths and around shallow structure. Small minnows or tube jigs mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots work well for crappie. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide for what’s still available. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries are open until December 31. The area's trout streams are running high with muddy flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers can fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  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: Working the weed beds is a good start for bluegill, perch and some crappie. Some days provide non-stop action on bluegills and on others action is slow. Most fish are small but reports have some sizeable bluegills included. There are some reports of fair bass action but no details. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.  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: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. Try the 6-8 foot depth range. Move in and out until you find their desired depth on a particular day. Some days, that depth will change quickly as the water warms up after a cool night. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. As the water cools more, flip the thicker weeds or downsize and throw 4 inch worms or french fries. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly.

Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days. (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: Overall, fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. No reports on muskie fishing. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Another spot mentioned is off Sampson State Park. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Significant rainfall likely drew spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Stealth will likely be required to catch them however, once the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, but it’s been very sporadic, with one day being hot and the next cold. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries open until December 31. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Walleye action continues at a fair pace around the islands on the reservoir. Decent numbers but not many of legal size (18 inches). Try drifting with worms or minnows or using bucktail jigs, twister tails, and crankbaits. Tipping jigs with nightcrawler or leeches has increased success. Some white crappie and bluegills are being taken on small minnows and jigs fished near shore. A few yellow perch are hitting on fathead minnows. Smallmouth bass fishing has been fair along shore with stick worms, crankbaits, jigs and crayfish all working.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: The northern pike bite is at a slow pace. Try plastics or floating a minnow under a bobber. Walleyes are spotty. Worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a worm take some fish. Live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber are working for crappie. Look for fair largemouth bass action. Early and later in the day seem to be the most productive times.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: The north shore is still good. Some limit catches on perch and walleyes and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthy this fall, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

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. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Rain has the streams in Wayne County flooding. When the water level subsides, the stream action will be phenomenal. Maxwell Creek has been hot with late salmon and brown trout. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Pier fishing is an option if you want less crowded conditions. Casting spoons off the Sodus Bay pier has produced some nice browns. Just use caution because the current and cold water temps are very dangerous. You do not want to slip and fall in the channel. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Anglers report continued catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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: There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or egg sacs producing fish. Both coho and chinook salmon are, also, being caught. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. A reminder that the Upper Fly Section open season runs through November 30th. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring more steelhead into the river but made the river very hard to fish. When the level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 )

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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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*TIP 2: Go Big: By the time fall rolls around, all of the little fish that were born in the spring and summer have grown up a little. Because anglers should always use a lure that, at least, imitates the size of the primary forage, larger lures make sense in the fall. The other reason to use larger baits in the fall is because the walleyes are feeding heavily to get ready for winter and--female walleyes in particular--are eating so they can nourish the eggs growing in their bodies.

*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: After about a week of high and muddy conditions, most creeks dropped into good shape at mid-week. Currently, creeks have moderate flows and good color. The exception is Cattaraugus Creek, which will likely remain higher and turbid through the weekend. Overall, steelhead catches have been good when conditions were good. Most steelhead have been in the 21-24 inch range, with the occasional bigger fish. Tributary steelhead commonly take flies such as egg imitations, nymphs, streamers and wooly buggers. Drift anglers do well with egg sacs, beads and jigs with grubs fished under a float. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting nickel/blue Little Cleo spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. Note that all the docks have been pulled for the season near the lake at Cattaraugus Creek.

There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: The river is very muddy following recent gusty winds, putting fishing on hold at the moment. Fishing has been good for bass and walleye and should resume once the River clears. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. 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.The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Due to high wind and wave action on Lake Erie, lower river waters are heavily stained today. It will take at least a couple days for waters to settle out (without additional wind). Previously, drifters were doing well in the Devils Hole and Artpark Drifts for a mix of trout and the occasional late salmon. Steelhead are now the top target, but catches also include plenty of lake trout. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Three-way bottom bouncing rigs with Kwikfish lures, egg sacs or live shiners work well for trout. Shore anglers entice trout bites with egg sacs, egg pattern flies, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners. Boaters targeting smallmouth bass are doing well from Lewiston to the river mouth. Try crabs, shiners and tubes. Walleye are also being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Try a spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Yellow perch and walleye are also showing a little north of Lewiston. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html ) State Parks announced that the lower trail (trail 3) that connects the Schoellkopf site to the Great Gorge Railway Trail has been re-opened. Anglers will be able to use improved access to the water via a new set of stairs. Take the elevator adjacent to the Discovery Center for easy access. For a copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map, check out http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf.

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: 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.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: There are some salmon still hanging around the Lake Ontario tributaries, however trout are now the predominant catch. Eighteenmile Creek has slightly lower flow and about 2 feet of visibility. Anglers at Fisherman's Park report good catches of brown trout and steelhead. Oak Orchard Creek has had consistently higher, but fishable flow this fall. Currently the Oak is slightly high with about a foot of visibility. Oak anglers are seeing decent catches of large brown trout, steelhead and the occasional fresh coho salmon. High flows at mid-week on the freestone streams have subsided, giving anglers more options for the weekend. Creeks such as Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks have moderate and murky flows, with trout scattered throughout their reaches. Some of the other smaller tribs are worth a look as well. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are good trout offerings. Yellow perch have been showing in the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter and the crappie action is picking up. For those new to stream fishing for steelhead, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Mud lines are extended out into the lake from the creeks, making fishing tough. Also, the lake is up 18 inches so watch out for floating debrie. Walleye anglers are still finding some action throughout Chautauqua Lake as they are working stickbaits and worm harnesses along the deeper section of the south basin in 14-18 feet of water. Working vertical jigs around the deeper holes of the north basin has been productive. Best baits have been Vibes, Gotcha lures and Jigging Rapalas. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. Some muskellunge are showing along weed edges in both basins. Action should continue to improve. Try trolling with large, 51/2 to 8 inch minnow-type stickbaits and bucktail spinners or casting jerk baits is a good bet. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. See your fishing regulation guide for what’s still available. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year. Finger Lakes Tributaries are open until December 31. The area's trout streams are running high with muddy flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. 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: The lake has been fishing fair for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. 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: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: For bass fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. Several nice toothy critters have been caught on bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 - 40 feet with small spoons for the rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. The preferred area is the south end of the lake. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. No reports on muskie fishing. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some rain is needed to get the water levels up in the streams to get the fall brown trout and Atlantic salmon runs going. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: Conditions on the pond remain difficult with the heavy weed growth. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: The north shore is still on fire. Limit catches on perch and walleyes and the ‘eyes are reported as looking very healthy this fall, like footballs. The area is the vicinity of Cleveland. The word is find the weeds and you will find the perch. A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore along other parts of the lake. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is winding down for the season. There are 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. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Five inches of rain has the streams in Wayne County flooding. When the water level subsides, the stream action will be phenomenal. The run is on!!! Maxwell Creek has been hot with late salmon and brown trout. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. You can also fish the piers with Sodus Point producing some nice kings. Where ever water dumps into the lake you’ll find trout and salmon. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Top news this week – anglers report catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead from the piers at the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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: A few salmon were still entering the river but most of the activity is now taking place in the middle and upper sections. Many of the salmon are in the process of spawning. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or egg sacs producing fish. Both coho and chinook salmon are, also, being caught. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring more steelhead into the river but made the river very hard to fish. When the level lowers try floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 ) 

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. The following waters were stocked in mid-October: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (14"-24") and 410 rainbow trout (14"-28"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); New Albion Lake received 150 brown trout (14") and 75 rainbow trout (14"-21"); Allen Lake received 275 brook trout (14"-18") and 50 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked 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

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)

16 – NYSDEC Lake Erie and Tributaries’ Surveys by DEC Biologist James Markham at the Lake Erie Chapter, Fly Fishers International monthly meeting at the American Legion Post No. 735, Legion Drive, West Seneca, NY. Fly tying from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by the business meeting and then guest speaker. Public is invited to attend. (For information call 716-675-4766.)

16 - How To Prep Your Trophy For Mounting by taxidermist Franklin Thompson at the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY,  monthly meeting at the club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (7:30 pm) (For information call 716-649-8202)

 

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TIP: Minnow schools have been hit hard and many lakes have mainly pinheads and smaller minnow stock left in the shallows. Crayfish have either been picked over or are now holing up in cooling water. Same can be said for hellgrammites, oak leaf grubs and other tasty bug life that serve as forage for both panfish and bigger game fish along shoreline shallows of big bays and lakes with structural drop-offs and distinct shallow and deep areas where fish can school and do their fall feeding. Live bait and artificials all work; flies can be deadly at any depth. While panfish move into shoreline shallows and often hit poppers (cork-bodied flies) and anything minnow-like near the surface, the fall bite usually shows a bit deeper. Flies resembling bugs bug panfish more than minnow patterns such as a muddler or anything with long white or yellow feathering or tinsel bodies. Perch, bluegill and crappie might be schooling anywhere from mid-lake depths to weed edges close enough for wading or shore casting. Check out as many depths as possible as autumn water temperatures slowly drop and fish begin schooling and feeding in different patterns than were seen during warm summer days.

 

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 70-85 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: Following recent rainstorms, most streams were high and muddy. Good numbers of steelhead were reportedly pushing up the creeks. All streams except Cattaraugus Creek were in great shape, giving anglers plenty of options for the weekend. With the water level and clarity making the fish spooky in all the local smaller creeks, one successful angler recommends  reducing the size of your offering (flies, egg imitations, jig flies) and use light line, 6 pound test maximum and fish slow. Tossing spoons at the mouth of the creeks or off the beach or pier is a good idea, but further upstream spoons will probably scare the fish.

Cattaraugus Creek has been fishing well up through Gowanda, but fishing currently on hold due to slightly high and turbid conditions. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting nickel/blue Little Cleo spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. Muskellunge fishing peaks on the river in fall. Drifting with large 8-10 inch tube jigs or casting large stickbaits are top methods. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The king salmon bite has tapered off in the lower Niagara River. Recent catches in the Devils Hole drift have been a light mix of king salmon, coho salmon and steelhead. Shore anglers in the gorge are seeing the same mix. Boaters and shore anglers at Lewiston Landing have been catching some coho salmon. Water temperature should soon be below 60 degrees, so anglers should start to see increasing numbers of trout showing in the river. When trout show in earnest, the Artpark drift is also a great spot to fish. Bottom bouncing rigs with egg sacs, live shiners or Kwikfish lures work well for trout. The top target is generally steelhead, but anglers inadvertently catch lake trout as well. Be aware that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all caught lakers should be promptly released. Be aware that the Devils Hole State Park stairs are closed for repair project. Access to the gorge is by the Whirlpool State Park stairs, and the Devils Hole drift shoreline is accessible by the metal stairs at the NYPA fishing platform's lower parking lot. Anglers at the NYPA platform are catching kings daily as well. The platform is open from dawn to dusk. Boaters targeting smallmouth bass are doing well from Lewiston to the river mouth. Try crabs, shiners and tubes. Walleye are also being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Try a spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Yellow perch and walleye are also showing a little north of Lewiston. 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 mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, 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, meat rigs, J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas and large spoons are good lures. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. 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.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Mixed reports are coming in from anglers targeting the streams and rivers. Water flow continues to be limited as not as much rain was received below the escarpment. It is also clear, making fishing a bit tougher. Hot creeks right now have been 18 Mile Creek, Johnson Creek and the Oak Orchard River for both salmon and trout. Smaller creeks like Keg and 12 Mile will hold trout if there is good water flow. Chunks of skein fished under a float has been working at the Burt Dam and in the harbor for salmon. Pink and chartreuse have been hot colors for egg sacs. Single eggs are also working with the clear conditions. There are some browns and steelhead in the tribs. A few trout are being caught in 12 Mile at Wilson by fishermen using nightcrawlers and red worms. Yellow perch have been showing in Wilson Harbor and the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter. For information on salmon fishing please view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye anglers are finding some action throughout Chautauqua Lake as they are working stickbaits and worm harnesses along the deeper section of the south basin in 14-18 feet of water. Working vertical jigs around the deeper holes of the north basin has been productive. Best baits have been Vibes, Gotcha lures and Jigging Rapalas. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Some muskellunge are showing along weed edges in both basins. Action should continue to improve as we move into November. Try.  Trolling with large, 51/2 to 8 inch minnow-type stickbaits and bucktail spinners or casting jerk baits is a good bet. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. The area's trout streams are running low with clear flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. 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: The lake has been fishing fair for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. 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: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: For bass fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. Several nice toothy critters have been caught on bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 - 40 feet with small spoons for the rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. The preferred area is the south end of the lake. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. No reports on muskie fishing. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). In the Sampson SP area there’s a hot pike bite. Jerkbaits, spoons and swimbaits work the best. (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some rain is needed to get the water levels up in the streams to get the fall brown trout and Atlantic salmon runs going. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. With the rains, some anglers have picked a few trout in the Finger Lakes tributaries. If you are in the area the tribs might be worth a try. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Conditions on the pond remain difficult with the heavy weed growth. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: A few walleye were starting to be taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore. Some cooler temperatures are likely needed to get the fall walleye bite really going. Often, casting stickbaits (minnow-imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark is a great way to catch walleye this time of year. The walleye come in close to shore as they follow the gizzard shad in. Yellow perch, when found, are biting in 10 to 15 feet of water on small minnows or crayfish. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is winding down for the season. There are 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. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Five inches of rain has the streams in Wayne County flooding. When the water level subsides, the stream action will be phenomenal. The run is on!!! Maxwell Creek has been hot with late salmon and brown trout. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. You can also fish the piers with Sodus Point producing some nice kings. Where ever water dumps into the lake you’ll find trout and salmon. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are active, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The crappies are suspended and will hit anything that is bright. Just keep your jigs small. You can use your ice fishing jigs for autumn crappies. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Top news this week – anglers report catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead from the piers at the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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: A few salmon were still entering the river but most of the activity is now taking place in the middle and upper sections. Many of the salmon are in the process of spawning. There were some steelhead being taken in the lower and middle sections, with egg-imitating flies or egg sacs producing fish. Both coho and chinook salmon are, also, being caught. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. No question the water level is high, but a few anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring more steelhead into the river. There are also still some chinook salmon being taken in the river. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits are working. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers maybe a bit high, depending on the rainfall and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 )

 

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery are conducting 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. The following waters have been stocked as of October 13th: Quaker Lake received 175 brown trout (21"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (21"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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TIP: FINDING FALL CRAPPIE: Your best bet for finding crappie in the fall is to use jigs and drift along a drop off, fishing at different depths until you find them. The absolute best time to go fishing in the fall is just prior to a major cold front. Crappie should be shallow, filling up their stomachs. As the front passes, they will usually move back off the bank to deep water drop offs. If they quit biting, using a minnow should be enough to trigger them back to biting. Typically the cold temperatures don’t last long after a fall front. As the days warm, Crappie will move back shallow again. Being out there on the water, fall color all around you, a little nip to the fall air, and there you are, hauling in a limit of crappie to stock your freezer until spring. That’s pretty hard to beat. (By Larry Whiteley, Host of the awardwinning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to  basspro.com.)

 

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 70-85 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. One successful angler reported the lakers on bottom in 130 to 145 fow and ran 2 riggers on the bottom with spoons and put 20 to 25 lake trout in the boat. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Following recent rainstorms, most streams were slightly high and muddy. Good numbers of steelhead were reportedly pushing up the creeks. All streams except Cattaraugus Creek were in great shape, giving anglers plenty of options for the weekend. With the water level and clarity making the fish spooky in all the local smaller creeks, one successful angler recommends  reducing the size of your offering (flies, egg imitations, jig flies) and use light line, 6 pound test maximum and fish slow. Tossing spoons at the mouth of the creeks or off the beach or pier is a good idea, but further upstream spoons will probably scare the fish.

Cattaraugus Creek has been fishing well up through Gowanda, but fishing currently on hold due to slightly high and turbid conditions. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. Muskellunge fishing peaks on the river in fall. Drifting with large 8-10 inch tube jigs or casting large stickbaits are top methods. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The king salmon bite has tapered off in the lower Niagara River. Recent catches in the Devils Hole drift have been a light mix of king salmon, coho salmon and steelhead. Shore anglers in the gorge are seeing the same mix. Boaters and shore anglers at Lewiston Landing have been catching some coho salmon. Water temperature should soon be below 60 degrees, so anglers should start to see increasing numbers of trout showing in the river. When trout show in earnest, the Artpark drift is also a great spot to fish. Bottom bouncing rigs with egg sacs, live shiners or Kwikfish lures work well for trout. The top target is generally steelhead, but anglers inadvertently catch lake trout as well. Be aware that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all caught lakers should be promptly released. Be aware that the Devils Hole State Park stairs are closed for repair project. Access to the gorge is by the Whirlpool State Park stairs, and the Devils Hole drift shoreline is accessible by the metal stairs at the NYPA fishing platform's lower parking lot. Anglers at the NYPA platform are catching kings daily as well. The platform is open from dawn to dusk. Boaters targeting smallmouth bass are doing well from Lewiston to the river mouth. Try crabs, shiners and tubes. Walleye are also being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Try a spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Yellow perch and walleye are also showing a little north of Lewiston. 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 mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, 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, meat rigs, J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas and large spoons are good lures. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. 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.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: There are still plenty of king salmon in Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks, where anglers report a mix of green and weathered kings. Brown trout catches are on the rise in both creeks along with the occasional steelhead catch. Eighteenmile Creek currently has lower, clear flow and Oak Orchard has slightly high flow with a slight stain. Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks are back to low flow, but do have trout and salmon scattered throughout. Some other small streams that briefly offered fishing opportunity are now back down to a trickle. Look for improved conditions and catches on the smaller streams following the weekend rains (if we get it). Egg sacs, salmon skein, egg pattern flies and streamers are good offerings for migrating salmon.  The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are decent options for trout and salmon. Try casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Yellow perch have been showing in Wilson Harbor and the lower stretch of Oak Orchard Creek. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter. For information on salmon fishing please view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye anglers are doing well throughout Chautauqua Lake as they are working stickbaits and worm harnesses along the deeper section of the south basin in 14-18 feet of water. Working vertical jigs around the deeper holes of the north basin has been productive. Best baits have been Vibes, Gotcha lures and Jigging Rapalas. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Some muskellunge are showing along weed edges in both basins. Trolling with large, 51/2 to 8 inch minnow-type stickbaits and bucktail spinners is a good bet. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. The area's trout streams are running low with clear flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Also, the approach you take to the stream can dramatically affect your catch rate. Trout can see the movement of an angler and hide before the angler even realizes he/she is close to a fish. The wise angler will take a tip from his hunting buddies and wear at least a camouflage hat and/or vest. Just don’t overdo it; remember it is deer season. In the thin water of autumn, it is important to not only wear camouflage but also creep into position and cast while kneeling to hide from the wary trout.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. 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: The lake has been fishing fair for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. 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: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try trolling at 2 – 2.5 mph. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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.  For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: For bass fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. Several nice toothy critters have been caught on bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 - 40 feet with small spoons for the rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. The preferred area is the south end of the lake. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Pickerel were hitting on stick-baits and "J-plugs" while trolling in 10-15 fow on the south end. Green and white were working colors. (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 using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. On Lamoka Lake fishing is slow. For best results try a bobber at about 3 feet up while fishing in 6 fow. Pickerel action is fair. Cast and retrieve an orange spinner jig head with a green or yellow jig. Size depends on depth. For best results try 8 fow and work your way out to 14. No reports on muskie fishing. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. One specific recommendation was to use a smelt colored Lunker City Swim Fish in the 3.75" size.  Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some rain is needed to get the water levels up in the streams to get the fall brown trout and Atlantic salmon runs going. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. Local trout streams are running at moderate to low levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Conditions on the pond remain difficult with the heavy weed growth. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding Northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Gizzard shad should be getting big enough for the bass to start targeting them. So, keep an eye out for surface feeding activity while you’re out there. If you see it, get to the area quickly and try surface lures, swimbaits or lipless crankbaits. If not, keep an eye out for shad dimpling on the surface, that will at least let you know they are in the area and bass should be around them. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in 10 – 15 feet of  water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is winding down for the season. There are still some salmon being taken in the lake, look in 50 to 100 feet of wateroff the tributary mouths. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers, though, with both chinook salmon and cohos being caught. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The run is on!!! Maxwell Creek has been hot with late salmon and brown trout. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The browns are on the north side where the current is slower. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. You can also fish the piers with Sodus Point producing some nice kings. Where ever water dumps into the lake you’ll find trout and salmon. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been very good, with action on Port, Sodus, and Blind Sodus Bays. The perch are everywhere, and crappies and blue gills are also hitting. You can use minnows or artificial bait tipped with spikes. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Top news this week – anglers report catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead from the piers at the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continued to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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 action continues, with fish being taken throughout the river. Both coho and chinook salmon are being caught alongwith some steelhead. Anglers have reported getting into some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone with egg patterns and flesh flies producing the best results. Anglers in the Upper Fly Zone have been getting a mix of kings and steelhead with egg patterns, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. In the mid to lower end of the river the majority of anglers are now targeting steelhead and a variety of techniques have been productive. For those who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been productive. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue or pink egg sacs and trout beads have produced steady results. Fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. A few early kings have been sighted within the pools in the Village of Pulaski. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring a salmon and steelhead into the river. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits are working. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers are in great shape and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery are conducting 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. The following waters have been stocked as of October 13th: Quaker Lake received 175 brown trout (21"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (21"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked 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)

OCTOBER 2017
28 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminars - at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) - Preparedness: Woods Pack for Survival - When you venture into the deep outdoors, are you carrying the items you might need to survive?  Whether it's a hunting trip, remote fishing expedition, long hike or any other activity in the backwoods, come learn about the essential items you'll need to include in your woods pack to be fully prepared for almost anything. (12:00 – 2:00 pm) – Wild Game Processing - So you shot a big-game animal.  Now what?  In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of butchering wild game and where each cut of meat comes from.  After watching this demonstration, you'll be able to take your newfound skills to the field and do it yourself. (12:00 – 1:00 pm) - Camouflage: Technologies and Patterns - Don't be lost in the mix of camouflage options.  Head in to our camo department to learn the features, advantages, and benefits of the various camo patterns and types of apparel. We'll test some technologies out and have you walking away with the knowledge on what camo rightly suits your hunting needs. (2:00 – 3:00 pm) - Pick the Right Knife - Knives range from no-nonsense, fixed blades to compact pocket knives, and specialized knives for scenarios such as quartering your elk or deer in the field.  Since no one knife will suit every task, some people carry multiple knives.  However, with some careful consideration you can select a single knife that will handle most of your needs. (For information call 716-608-4770)

29 - KTBA Bass Club 8th Annual "STONE COLD" Tournament on Oneida Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

31 - Status of Brook Trout in WNY at the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s October meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY. (7:30 pm)  Speakers are Scott Cornett of the Allegany Office of DEC and Tom Hoffman of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public.

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*TIP: WATER SAFETY TIPS FROM NY SEA GRANT: With the arrival of cooler weather to Western New York, personal watercraft users that include kayaks, canoes and rowboats need to be aware of a few water safety tips. You could also include stream and river fishermen, as well as ice fishing anglers. Water that is less than 70 degrees can lower body temperatures and lead to hypothermia. According to Sea Grant, a body can cool 25 times faster in cold water than in air, children or small people can cool faster than adults or large people. And come Nov. 1, all personal watercraft users in boats 21 feet or less must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD). That is tip number one, wear a PFD. Here are several other tips:

*Learn about the different types of PFDs and what would be best for you.

*Give your “game plan” to someone else, such as when you expect to be back, where you are going, and anything else pertinent.

*Use the buddy system.

*Use reflective stickers on your paddle and canoe or kayak to increase your visibility on the water.

*If you are in the water, use Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) and learn what it’s all about.

*Be aware of water conditions and any physical hazards in the area you will be focusing on.

*Know the weather forecast before you go.

 

*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.)
 

*TIP 3: TROUT STREAM MANAGEMENT IN NEW YORK MEETINGS: Meetings will provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public. The remaining meetings in central/western New York are: October 23 at the NYSDEC Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) and October 26 at the Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road, Whitney Point, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm)

 

*LAKE ERIE: Windy weather has limited outings on the open lake this past week. When conditions have permitted, anglers were catching decent numbers of yellow perch, including the occasional limit catch off Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point. Sixty-three to 70 feet of water off the Cattaraugus Creek and 53-60 feet of water southwest of Sturgeon Point are good starting points. 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 70-85 feet of water. 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 70-85 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. One successful angler reported the lakers on bottom in 130 to 145 fow and ran 2 riggers on the bottom with spoons and put 20 to 25 lake trout in the boat. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Following Wednesday’s rainstorms, most streams were slightly high and muddy Thursday morning. Good numbers of steelhead were reportedly pushing up the creeks by late Thursday. All streams except Cattaraugus Creek were in great shape Friday, giving anglers plenty of options for the weekend. Cattaraugus Creek has been fishing well up through Gowanda, but fishing currently on hold due to slightly high and turbid conditions. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. Muskellunge fishing peaks on the river in fall. Drifting with large 8-10 inch tube jigs or casting large stickbaits are top methods. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river water temperatures are dropping, helping bring salmon back into the River. Drifters working the Devils Hole report excellent king salmon catches, including kings over 30 pounds. A three-way rig with treated egg skein or kwikfish lure have produced limit catches of kings along with some walleye, bass and channel catfish mixed in. Keep in mind that conditions are hazardous in the Devils Hole drift, and only the most experienced boaters should attempt to fish here. Shore anglers are catching decent numbers of king salmon with the occasional walleye along Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Casting large glow spoons and Vibrax spinners works well during low light periods. Be aware that the Devils Hole State Park stairs are closed for repair project. Access to the gorge is by the Whirlpool State Park stairs, and the Devils Hole drift shoreline is accessible by the metal stairs at the NYPA fishing platform's lower parking lot. Anglers at the NYPA platform are catching kings daily as well. The platform is open from dawn to dusk. Boaters targeting smallmouth bass are doing well from Lewiston to the river mouth. Try crabs, shiners and tubes. Walleye are also being caught in the river from Lewiston on down. Try a spinner and a worm for walleye if you want to try and target them. Of course you will catch other warm water species of fish. Remember lake trout season closes on Oct. 1Yellow perch and walleye are also showing a little north of Lewiston. 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 mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, 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, meat rigs, J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas and large spoons are good lures. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. 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.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Oak Orchard Creek was in good shape with moderate flow and a slight stain. There were only modest numbers of king salmon holding in the section below the dam, along with a few trout. With the warmer water temperatures there was no real upstream movement of fresh fish. Salmon were sparse below Burt Dam and in some of the other smaller streams. Look for an influx of king salmon over the next couple of weeks in all creeks with adequate flow. Egg sacs, salmon skein, egg pattern flies and streamers are good offerings for migrating salmon. The harbors and lower, slow-moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are decent options for trout and salmon. Try casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter. For information on salmon fishing please view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye anglers are doing well throughout Chautauqua Lake as they are working stickbaits and worm harnesses along the deeper section of the south basin in 14-18 feet of water. Working vertical jigs around the deeper holes of the north basin has been productive. Best baits have been Vibes, Gotcha lures and Jigging Rapalas. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Some muskellunge are showing along weed edges in both basins. Trolling with large, 51/2 to 8 inch minnow-type stickbaits and bucktail spinners is a good bet. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. The area's trout streams are running low with clear flows, but water temperatures are cool. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. 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, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes, chatter baits and wacky rigs can be tried for bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. 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: 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. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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: 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. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: For bass fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 - 40 feet with small spoons for the rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. The preferred area is the south end of the lake. 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 12-25 feet of water. For bass try fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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 pickerel 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 colors. 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. No reports on the musky. 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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Also be prepared, water fleas have arrived and are being a headache for trollers. Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (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: Spiny water fleas are decreasing but can still be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound-test plus) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water as well as weed mats (an issue if you are trolling). Fleas have also been a nuisance for some anglers when trolling. Sometimes using a heavier pound monofilament helps to avoid some of the fleas, as does trolling with lines that don't run straight "up and down", as lines fished off downriggers do. Instead try trolling with wire and Dipsey's, or copper. Vertical jigging is also another option if fleas get too bad. Anglers continue to have some luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some rain is needed to get the water levels up in the streams to get the fall brown trout and Atlantic salmon runs going. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 70 feet down. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at 40 – 60 feet. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: October 15 was the close of the regular state trout season. 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. Local trout streams are running at moderate to low levels depending on the rain. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. The terrestrial fishing (hoppers/ants) is very good as we get into fall. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: Conditions on the pond have become more difficult with the heavy weed growth. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding Northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Gizzard shad should be getting big enough for the bass to start targeting them. So, keep an eye out for surface feeding activity while you’re out there. If you see it, get to the area quickly and try surface lures, swimbaits or lipless crankbaits. If not, keep an eye out for shad dimpling on the surface, that will at least let you know they are in the area and bass should be around them. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in 10 – 15 feet of  water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing is winding down for the season. There are still salmon being taken in the lake, look in 50 to 100 feet of water. Most of the activity is taking place in the rivers, though, with both chinook salmon and cohos being caught. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The run is on!!! Maxwell Creek has been hot with late salmon and brown trout. You should fish both sides of Lake Road. The north side is slow moving water and the south is fast. Like every year the best bait for the browns is egg sacs, artificial or the real eggs. You can also fish the smaller streams…Bear Creek in Ontario, Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and even the smaller Furnace Creek in Wolcott. Where ever water dumps into the lake you’ll find trout and salmon. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing has been good. The Sodus Bay perch are still hitting in 20 to 25 feet of water near the islands and on the south-east side of the bay. There have been some 10 to 12 inchers. Port Bay has some terrific bass fishing. The largemouths are hitting just about anything you throw at them. Fish the coves and the southern end of the bay. There is also a crappie bite at Port Bay…at the south-east end of the bay. They have been rather small but still big enough to keep (nine-inch regulation). The heavy weeds between LeRoy and Newark Island have been the perfect habitat for pike. Fish the four to five-foot water using pike minnows or troll with spoons. Use weedless lures. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters with a good largemouth and crappie bite. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Top news this week – anglers report catches of king salmon, brown trout and steelhead from the piers at the Genesee River. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Largemouth bass fishing continued to be good. A variety of lures were working for the bass, while small minnows or minnow-imitating have yielded perch.  (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 action continues to be good, with fish being taken throughout the river. Both coho and chinook salmon are being caught and a few trout are also starting to show up. Many of the salmon are in the process of spawning at this time. Most of the activity, however, is now taking place in the middle and upper sections. With the warm temperatures predicted for the week, along with clear bright skies, fishing early or late in the day will likely be more productive. Egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers and estaz eggs have all produced steady results. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. A few early kings have been sighted within the pools in the Village of Pulaski. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

*OSWEGO RIVER: The higher water flow and cooler temperatures have helped to bring a good number of salmon and steelhead into the river. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits are working. The area side creeks are also active with a number of fish. Anglers have also been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. 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 rivers are in great shape and smallmouth fishing has been good at times. On the Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers try white marabou jigs for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. In the deeper holes try tube baits for the smallmouth bass and walleye. Natural colors tend to work better. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows.  Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. Top-water action has been good at times also. The Susquehanna in particular has produced great smallmouth action. For muskies, try large spinnerbaits or live minnows. (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 )

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery are conducting 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. The following waters have been stocked as of October 13th: Quaker Lake received 175 brown trout (21"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (21"); Case Lake received 400 brook trout (14"-18"), 100 brown trout (14") and 50 rainbow trout (21"-28"); Harwood Lake received 100 brook trout (14"-18") and 100 brown trout (14"); Genesee River received 150 brown trout (14") and 380 rainbow trout (14"-28"), stocked 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)

OCTOBER 2017
21 -
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Become Skilled with Map & Compass at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)   

21 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Open) Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

21-31 “Halloween” Event at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops in the Finger Lakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY. The free event will feature activities including fun crafts for kids, a Halloween costume parade, trick-or-treating and much more. The event schedule includes: Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22: - Noon to 5:00 pm  – Free 4x6 photo with life-size cutouts of Peanuts characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally and Lucy (photo packages also available for sale). First 100 kids to have a photo taken will receive a free LED flashing necklace; Free crafts for kids.  Kids will have the opportunity to color a free garden tips booklet on Saturday and to decorate a felt jack-o-lantern on Sunday. Friday, Oct. 27 – 5:00–7:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang and decorate a Halloween bat craft. Oct. 28, Saturday – Noon-5:00 pm FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang, Decorate a Halloween pumpkin craft and Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize; 3:00–5:00 pm – Trick-or-Treating; 4:00 pm - Costume parade; participants receive a free jack o’ lantern tote. Sunday, Oct. 29 - Noon – 5 p.m. – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween pumpkin craft; Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize. Oct. 30, Monday – 5:00–7:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween bat craft. Tuesday, Oct. 31 – 4:00–8:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween treat bag: Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize; 5:00 pm – Trick-or-treating; 6:00 pm – Costume parade; participants receive a free jack o’ lantern tote.For more information on the grant and how to enter, visit www.basspro.com/halloween. (For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com)

23 - Trout Stream Management in New York at the NYSDEC Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) To provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists, a series of public meetings will be held in each NYSDEC region. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public. (For information call 585-226-2466)

26 - Trout Stream Management in New York at the Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road Whitney Point, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) To provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists, a series of public meetings will be held in each NYSDEC region. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public. (For information call 607-753-3095)

28 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminars - at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) - Preparedness: Woods Pack for Survival - When you venture into the deep outdoors, are you carrying the items you might need to survive?  Whether it's a hunting trip, remote fishing expedition, long hike or any other activity in the backwoods, come learn about the essential items you'll need to include in your woods pack to be fully prepared for almost anything. (12:00 – 2:00 pm)Wild Game Processing - So you shot a big-game animal.  Now what?  In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of butchering wild game and where each cut of meat comes from.  After watching this demonstration, you'll be able to take your newfound skills to the field and do it yourself. (12:00 – 1:00 pm) - Camouflage: Technologies and Patterns - Don't be lost in the mix of camouflage options.  Head in to our camo department to learn the features, advantages, and benefits of the various camo patterns and types of apparel. We'll test some technologies out and have you walking away with the knowledge on what camo rightly suits your hunting needs. (2:00 – 3:00 pm) - Pick the Right Knife - Knives range from no-nonsense, fixed blades to compact pocket knives, and specialized knives for scenarios such as quartering your elk or deer in the field.  Since no one knife will suit every task, some people carry multiple knives.  However, with some careful consideration you can select a single knife that will handle most of your needs. (For information call 716-608-4770)

29 - KTBA Bass Club 8th Annual "STONE COLD" Tournament on Oneida Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

31 - Status of Brook Trout in WNY at the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s October meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY. (7:30 pm)  Speakers are Scott Cornett of the Allegany Office of DEC and Tom Hoffman of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public.

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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.) 

 

TIP 3: TROUT STREAM MANAGEMENT IN NEW YORK MEETINGS: Meetings are scheduled for: Wednesday, October 18 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)  Paul V. Moore High School, 44 School Drive Central Square, NY

Thursday, October 19 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)  Hammondsport High School, 8272 Main Street, Hammondsport, NY

Monday, October 23 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)  NYSDEC Region 8 Office,6274 East Avon-Lima Road (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY

Thursday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)  Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road, Whitney Point, NY

Meetings will provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public.

 

LAKE ERIE: Angling pressure for walleye has subsided with the recent strong winds and rainfall. When conditions have permitted, anglers were catching decent numbers of yellow perch, including the occasional limit catch off Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point. Sixty-three to 70 feet of water off the Catt and 53-60 feet of water southwest of Sturgeon Point are good starting points. Some emerald shiners are available at Broderick Park, but dippers have had to work for them. Anglers are still catching walleye from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line in 70-85 feet of water. 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. One successful angler reported the lakers on bottom in 130 to 145 fow and ran 2 riggers on the bottom with spoons and put 20 to 25 lake trout in the boat. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Cattaraugus Creek is currently flowing at about 160 cubic feet per second, and is the best option for early run steelhead. Catt anglers have been catching decent numbers of steelhead up through Gowanda. Limited numbers of fish have pushed up into many of the other tributaries as well. However, levels are very low and clear on those creeks. Focus on the larger pools in lower sections of the creeks early or late in the day. Steelhead have been jumping near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek, where casting spoons and spinners from the breakwall can be productive. Another option is to wade and cast spoons, spinners and stickbaits off smaller tributary mouths for steelhead that are staging in those areas. Boaters can target steelhead off tributary mouths by trolling with spoons between 2-2.5 mph. There are new resources available for anglers looking for stream conditions. There are now water-stage recorders on Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, Big Sister and Eighteenmile Creeks. At present, these recorders only measure gage height, which is height of the water in the stream above a reference point. There will be a bit of a learning curve here, to figure out how gage height translates to actual stream flow or condition. See the USGS Water Data for New York webpage for this information. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Spinner and worm rigs are also working on the ‘eyes. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. Muskellunge fishing peaks on the river in fall. Drifting with large 8-10 inch tube jigs or casting large stickbaits are top methods. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: The king salmon bite is still going strong on the lower Niagara River for boaters and shore anglers. Anglers are starting to see the occasional brown trout or steelhead catch as well. Boaters do best by controlled drifting the Devils Hole drift with a three-way rig with cured salmon skein. Shore anglers are catching some salmon in the gorge during low-light periods. Glow spoons, Vibrax spinners, rattle baits or salmon skein fished under a float are typical salmon offerings. Trout and smallmouth bass are also available from shore and can be caught during daylight hours. Lake trout season is now closed, so inadvertently caught lakers should be promptly released. Be aware that the Devils Hole State Park stairs are closed for repair project. Access to the gorge is by the Whirlpool State Park stairs, and the Devils Hole drift shoreline is accessible by the metal stairs at the NYPA fishing platform's lower parking lot. The NYPA fishing platform is open from dawn to dusk. 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: Not much boating activity on Lake Ontario lately, however nearshore trollers still have opportunity to catch staging king salmon, along with brown trout and steelhead. Areas in proximity to tributary mouths are a good bet. Action is best at dawn for these staging salmon, and the bite picks up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon are biting just a short distance off pier heads. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are more productive. Flasher-fly combos have worked very well, but meat rigs, J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas and large spoons can be effective too. Some mature king and Coho salmon are being taken regularly by pier head trollers pounding the waters with flasher-fly, flasher-meat, J-plugs or magnum spoons.  A fair number of pike 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.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Recent rains have really got the king salmon run rolling on the Lake Ontario tributaries. Heavy numbers of salmon have moved up to Fisherman's Park on Eighteenmile Creek, and plenty of fish are holding in the mid to lower sections as well. Opportunity for waders, boaters and pier casters alike. Oak Orchard Creek has slightly high flow with a stain and about 2 feet of visibility. Solid numbers of salmon below the dam on the Oak as well. Decent catches of brown trout and steelhead too. There has been great salmon fishing on the Genesee River at the lower falls since Tuesday. The river has been running a little high over past 24 hours, but is fishable and conditions will improve through weekend. Levels are up on the small to medium sized tributaries as well and salmonid catches are on the rise. Johnson, Sandy and Marsh Creeks are also good options for the weekend. Egg sacs, salmon skein, egg pattern flies and streamers are good offerings for migrating salmon. Also, casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night is a top technique for king salmon. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive under calmer conditions. For steelhead and brown trout, cast medium-sized spoons and spinners during low light periods. The harbors and lower, slow moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and Genesee River are decent options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Don't forget a long-handled net if you are fishing the piers. Scott Scheffler, Marina Director for the Town of Newfane and heading up Fisherman’s Park at Burt Dam, also noted that they have been using a Ranger ATV to haul people to and from the fishing areas, a benefit for those fishermen who could use a little helping hand for access. On the Erie Canal around the wide water area some great catfish catches are being taken along with many other species. The Erie Canal is scheduled to close soon. Lake Alice still has some good bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter. For information on salmon fishing please view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries. If you are fishing a section of a Lake Ontario tributary (Except Niagara River and Salmon River) upstream of the bridge closest to the mouth, be aware that only one hook with a single hook point is permitted, except for floating lures and artificial flies. See the Great Lakes and Tributary Regulations for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Anglers continue to see a good walleye bite from weed edges out to 40 feet of water. Trolling and vertical jigging programs have both worked well. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Some muskellunge are showing along weed edges in both basins. Trolling with large, 51/2 to 8 inch minnow-type stickbaits and bucktail spinners is a good bet. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area trout streams are in great shape with moderate flows. Fall is a good time to fish the inland trout streams, as trout are on the feed and angling pressure is light. The statewide trout season closes on October 15th (Great Lakes tributaries excluded). However, a number inland trout streams are open to trout fishing all year. Check the Special Regulations by County to see which trout streams are open to trout fishing beyond October 15th. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. 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, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes, chatter baits and wacky rigs can be tried for bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. 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: 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. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (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: 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. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HONEOYE LAKE: The lake continues to have an algae bloom, but the bass fishing remains good.  For bass fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. The vibrations from shaking bait helps a bass locate and strike your presentation. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Use a bait that has some appendages and it will increase the vibrations, assisting both largemouth and smallmouth to lock in and attack your presentation. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 - 40 feet with small spoons for the rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. The preferred area is the south end of the lake. 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. For bass try fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Patience was important. Very clear water and late September mean these bass have seen just about a tackle store full of baits. Since ice out, anglers have been trying to trick them into biting, so a small change in presentation or color can make a huge difference.  (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 pickerel 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 colors. 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. No reports on the musky. 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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Also be prepared, water fleas have arrived and are being a headache for trollers. Laker action is reported good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling with downriggers is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 70 to 110 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 15 to 20 feet down over 30 to 60 foot of water. Live minnows or a jig and twister tail have been working. Panfish are being taken in 20 to 30 foot of water on worms. (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: Spiny water fleas are decreasing but can still be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound-test plus) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 80 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 70 - 85 feet. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (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: Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water as well as weed mats (an issue if you are trolling). Fleas have also been a nuisance for some anglers when trolling. Sometimes using a heavier pound monofilament helps to avoid some of the fleas, as does trolling with lines that don't run straight "up and down", as lines fished off downriggers do. Instead try trolling with wire and Dipsey's, or copper. Vertical jigging is also another option if fleas get too bad. Anglers continue to have good luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 foot. Nice browns and salmon are also around the same areas.  Fish continue to feed heavily. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over a 90 – 120 foot bottom are seeing some good laker action. A good starting point for vertical jigging in 65 to 95 foot with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. Rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout are at 20 – 60 feet down. Specific for the Atlantics –work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Union Springs is also a good area for pickerel and largemouth. Try swimbaits, superflukes and Senkos. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 35 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Some anglers are also having success dropshotting. Rock bass are biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons or flasher and flies, fished 50 – 100 feet down. A few lake trout are also being caught at 40 – 70 feet over an 80 – 120 foot bottom . Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water and also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Look for largemouth bass in and around the weed beds with creature baits, rubber worms or tube baits. If that's not working, try fishing on the deep weed edges with drop-shot baits or bass jigs. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. (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: 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.)

Local trout streams are running at moderate to high levels depending on the rain. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Conditions on the pond remain difficult with the heavy weed growth. Persistent anglers are finding Northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Gizzard shad should be getting big enough for the bass to start targeting them. So, keep an eye out for surface feeding activity while you’re out there. If you see it, get to the area quickly and try surface lures, swimbaits or lipless crankbaits. If not, keep an eye out for shad dimpling on the surface, that will at least let you know they are in the area and bass should be around them. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is another good application at this time of year. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Fishing continues to be good on Lake Ontario. The targeted water depth is spread out with action in anywhere from 50 - 100 feet of water. At the east end the salmon fishing is described as phenomenal. Anglers are finding vigorous action in 100-150 feet of water down about 100 feet from the surface as the fish begin staging off the Salmon River. Just about any application is working including spoons, flasher and flies and cut bait. Out from Sodus it’s been an early bite. Try 90 to 100 feet of water and use flasher flies. Riggers are at 10 feet and the dipsy back 250 has worked. Some guys are using cut bait and spoons still work. The best results are with green-chartreuse and green-white spoons. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water (10 – 30 feet) with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. The Mexico Bay area is one spot specifically reported. Try soft-shelled crabs and nightcrawlers in the 20 foot levels. Also, look for a good perch bite in the same area. Use caution when boating as there is likely to be debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The stream water levels went up thanks to the recent rains. The rainfall, which was three inches in some places, has created a decent flow in the streams. Anglers were catching kings in Salmon Creek in Pultneyville and there is probably a decent run at Maxwell. No reports from Maxwell, however the rainfall should make Maxwell come alive. Little Cleo’s and Kastmasters are great spoons for casting in the Sodus and Port Bay channel waters. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps.