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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

7 - 12 - 19   

 

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

 

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

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

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

basspro.com.)

 

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

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. Be prepared. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon are becoming a bit more scattered and small bait pods are constantly moving too. This has resulted in hit or miss fishing recently, with limits for some and a skunking for others. Out of Wilson, trollers have located kings at depths of 80-120 feet of water and in 200-350 feet of water. Off Olcott, kings are scattered between 60-350 feet of water. Fish are scattered within the water column too, from 100 feet down to just below the surface. However, anglers are reporting lots of marks and catches in the top 20 feet. Over deeper water, there have been fair numbers of steelhead catches mixed in. Magnum and super slim trolling spoons were the best lures. Yellows, greens, combos were the best colors. Some meat and flasher-fly but it was mostly a spoon bite. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

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

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some area trout streams are currently high but most are in good fishing shape. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 35-60 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

SENECA LAKE: The Sampson marina and launch reopened on Wednesday, July 3rd. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: Cayuga County officials are warning the public to avoid areas with discolored water in Cayuga Lake because harmful algal blooms were found in the lake Tuesday. People should avoid areas of the water that are discolored with a paint-like or filmy appearance, or floating scum, officials said. Don’t swim, fish, boat, wade or eat fish caught in areas with these blooms. Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on portions of Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

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

 

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

 

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

. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams may be running high and muddy depending on the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman but other offerings include salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 340 feet, down 60 to 70 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer. The largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits and wacky worm rigs near the points on Sodus Bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. In a few weeks the channel cats will have spawned and they will be ready to bite. Fish the deep pools near Palmyra using cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

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

  

JULY 2019 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

The fishing pier at Joe Davis State Park is closed

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. Be prepared. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. High water levels are making fishing tricky in the Devil’s Hole area and the NYPA fishing platform is under water. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon are becoming a bit more scattered and small bait pods are constantly moving too. This has resulted in hit or miss fishing recently, with limits for some and a skunking for others. Out of Wilson, trollers have located kings at depths of 80-120 feet of water and in 200-350 feet of water. Off Olcott, kings are scattered between 60-350 feet of water. Fish are scattered within the water column too, from 100 feet down to just below the surface. However, anglers are reporting lots of marks and catches in the top 20 feet. Over deeper water, there have been fair numbers of steelhead catches mixed in. Magnum and super slim trolling spoons were the best lures. Yellows, greens, combos were the best colors. Some meat and flasher-fly but it was mostly a spoon bite. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

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

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some area trout streams are currently high but most are in good fishing shape. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 35-60 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: The Sampson marina and launch reopened on Wednesday, July 3rd. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 125 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams may be running high and muddy depending on the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. In the Finger Lakes the rainfall is aiding anglers by keeping flows high and tempting fresh lake-run fish to take a journey upstream. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Waters in the region that saw a pre-season stocking of trout (see Other Waters section) also are producing for anglers willing to get out there in less-than-ideal conditions. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. Anglers were using white, olive, black, and black and purple bucktails tipped with medium shiners. In the deeper spots anglers are still trolling a variety of colors on Bay Rats and worm harnesses. Folks are using speeds anywhere from 1.0 to 1.8 now. We are getting solid limits from those working some more shallow water in the South Bay/Lewis Point area on black and purple bucktails.  The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. Good reports from the drop off along the north shore and also around 113 and 125 in particular. North Bay and Godfrey continue to be slower, but people are getting great numbers of perch in 12-22 feet of water throughout the lake.  The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby is underway and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 100 to 340 feet, down 60 to 70 feet. Meat rigs, moonshines, and stinger spoons are working well. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer. The largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits and wacky worm rigs near the points on Sodus Bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass and a few steelhead. The dropbacks typically like the faster water and are generally suspended in the water column. They tend to hold in the head or tailouts of the deeper holes and larger runs. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers may be high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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*THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

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

JULY 2019  

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

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

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing DerbyThe Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

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

6 – Beginner Kayaking with Kelly at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY. Class times start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for one hour. (For information/register call 716-282-5154.)

10 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm)  ($40.00 for one or two-person teams.) Best 3 fish. (Pay at the launch.)

11-12 - Invasive Species Curriculum at the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 South Main Street Geneva, NY (Thur. 8:30 am – Fri. 3:00 pm) Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, insects and diseases that threaten our environment, health and economy and are a major ecological threat in the Finger Lakes region and throughout NYS. Due to a lack of predators, invasive species populations grow quickly and outcompete our native species for resources, disrupting food webs and even endangering some species. It is crucial that students have a basic understanding of invasive species and the importance of environmental stewardship. Teachers will learn the history of invasive species and participate in hands-on identification of high priority aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in this two-day workshop. Additionally, participants will receive in-depth training on the new invasive species curriculum developed in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for grades 6-8, but can be scaled up or down for different grade levels. This workshop is free and open to educators. The two-day training will include: 12 hours CTLE credits/An introduction to invasive species/How to utilize iMapInvasives, an invasive species database and student-friendly app/Review a two-week unit on invasive species/Field ID guides, lesson plans and activity guides and other resources. Lunch will be provided both days of training. Please plan for outdoor field work on land and water both days. This training is part of the 2019 New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week. (Cost: Free) (For information call the NYSDEC Avon Office 585-226-2466)

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

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

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

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TIP: 29-30 - FREE FISHING DAYS in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

 

TIP #2: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT’S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

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

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Filamentous algae, or moss is a "growing" problem in the lower river. There are plenty of smallmouth bass around, but the moss results in frequent lure and line fouling. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing, Joe Davis State Park platform and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. In the lower Niagara River, there were still some steelhead around. Bass and walleye were cooperating, giving a nice mixed bag to anglers. Live bait like minnows fished off three-way rigs is a popular approach but bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass up to 5-1/2 pounds this past week. Swim baits and tubes will still work if the moss isn’t too bad. High water levels are making fishing tricky in the Devil’s Hole area and the NYPA fishing platform is under water. The speed limit is still in effect along the New York shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. King salmon are becoming a bit more scattered and small bait pods are constantly moving too. This has resulted in hit or miss fishing recently, with limits for some and a skunking for others. Out of Wilson, trollers have located kings at depths of 80-120 feet of water and in 200-350 feet of water. Off Olcott, kings are scattered between 60-350 feet of water. Fish are scattered within the water column too, from 100 feet down to just below the surface. However, anglers are reporting lots of marks and catches in the top 20 feet. Over deeper water, there have been fair numbers of steelhead catches mixed in. Magnum and super slim trolling spoons were the best lures. Yellows, greens, combos were the best colors. Some meat and flasher-fly but it was mostly a spoon bite. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Anglers are seeing a good walleye bite around the north basin from the weedline out to 25 feet of water. Trolling with stickbaits and worm harnesses and drifting and jigging with blade baits or jig and a worm have been productive. In the south basin, trolling around the deeper, middle section has been productive. The largemouth bass bite has been very good around weed beds and docks. In addition to productive bass offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits, plastics and live shiners, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Some guys tweek  their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some area trout streams are currently high and unfishable but most are in good fishing shape. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. Try using a River Run Manta or a Drifter Tackle Hellhound glide bait. Some guys tweek  their cranks with scent or a small dash of sparkle nail polish.? If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 35-60 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. One report has the bait fish at depths of 30 feet and lakers at 40 feet. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 125 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. The unofficial word on the Sampson launchis it may open on the 28th. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching some lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are still running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. In the Finger Lakes the rainfall is aiding anglers by keeping flows high and tempting fresh lake-run fish to take a journey upstream. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Waters in the region that saw a pre-season stocking of trout (see Other Waters section) also are producing for anglers willing to get out there in less-than-ideal conditions. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ONEIDA LAKE: It will be busy weekend on the lake with several tournaments going on this weekend. Bass are in the shallows with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. Anglers were using white, olive, black, and black and purple bucktails tipped with medium shiners. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps. Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. Good reports from the drop off along the north shore and also around 113 and 125 in particular. North Bay and Godfrey continue to be slower, but people are getting great numbers of perch in 12-22 feet of water throughout the lake.  The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass (legal tomorrow) and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The LOC Derby starts tomorrow, June 29 and will run until July 28th so be prepared for possible delays at launch sites. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling the shoreline between 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Currently the salmon have been in water 140 to 200 feet, down 60 to 70 feet. Most charters are running spoons off the wire and riggers. The average catch has been 10 to 25-pound kings. Steelhead have been hitting at 25 feet over 140.

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

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer for a good bite. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Bass season started last Saturday. The bass have been hitting Hack Attack jigs and swim baits like the Strike King or Storm lures. Working structure and fishing near docks has worked on Port and Sodus Bays. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway.

Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass and a few steelhead. The dropbacks typically like the faster water and are generally suspended in the water column. They tend to hold in the head or tailouts of the deeper holes and larger runs. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: The river is high so be careful if you go out. There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

29 - The Lew Mead Aannual Kids Fishing Contest on Cassadaga Lake. The event is free and open to youths 15 years old and younger with prizes in four age groups. Sign up at the state boat launch located at Lilly Dale by 8 a.m. with the weigh in at 11 a.m. at the same place. Trophies and prizes awarded shortly afterwards.

29 - The Monroe County Offshore Classic put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dream Factory. Anglers can sign up at Mitchel's Bait and Tackle, 4531 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY; South Bay Boat and Tackle, 4531 Lake Ave, Rochester NY and B-E Fishing Tackle Inc. 6275 Dean Parkway, Ontario NY. (Entry Fee:  $200 per boat with cash payouts) (For information go to 2019-Monroe-County-Offshore-Classic (1).docx)

29 - Chautauqua Showdown Musky Tournament at the Mayville launch. (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) Catch & Release. There will also be a Kids raffle table. (For information go to nymusky69@yahoo.com.)   

29 - Family Fishing Day at the foot of Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY. (For information contact George Johnson at 716-818-3410.)

29-30 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

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

JULY 2019

1 – Last Day to Register for 9/13-15/19 Fall BOW Workshop at the Silver Bay YMCA Retreat in Hague, NY in the Adirondacks. Returning Courses: Hunter education, trapper education, kayaking, stand up paddleboard, wilderness survival, map & compass, rifle, shotgun, archery, crossbow, food preservation, Adirondack ecology, taxidermy, wild fish & game cooking, fly fishing, snorkeling, and much more! NewThis Year at BOW: K-9 first aid, basic self-defense in the outdoors, hawk watching, become a hobby farmer, exploring nature with kids. How to Register: Check out our course book (PDF) and choose from more than 50 different classes! Fill out the registration form (PDF) and send in your registration fee. A limited number of partial ($100) scholarships are available. Contact BOW staff for an application. Registration admission will be determined via lottery.

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

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

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing DerbyThe Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

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

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

 

*TIP #2: 29-30 - FREE FISHING DAYS in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

 

* TIP #3: ACCESS TO LAKE ERIE AND CHAUTAUQUA LAKE SITES:

1)    Barcelona Harbor/Daniel Reed Pier (intersection Rt. 394/Rt. 5) on Lake Erie in Westfield, NY - check in with Harbormaster Kelly Brown for the latest on-site fishing report at 716-326-6633.

2)    Chadwick Bay/Holiday Harbor (30 Central Ave., Dunkirk, NY, 14048) on Lake Erie in Dunkirk, NY - check with the boat launch supply store/fish-cleaning facility at 716-366-1774.

3)    Sunset Bay Marine State Park (12952 Allegany Rd., Irving, NY) on Lake Erie via Cattaraugus Creek - check on conditions and parking at 716-934-2375.

4)    Enjoy access to Chautauqua Lake at any of 9 boat launch sites. Access information for all the boat launches in Chautauqua County noted above can be found here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/23907.html.

 

*LAKE ERIE: This season's walleye bite has generally been very good. However, walleye action has been quite slow during past few days. Anglers report plenty of suspected walleye marks, but have had to work hard to put a few in the cooler. The bite will no doubt pick back up, sooner or later. Prior to the slowdown, anglers were catching good numbers of walleye in 50-60 feet of water from Sturgeon Point to west of Dunkirk. Off Barcelona, good catches came from depths of 50-70 feet. From Sturgeon to the PA line, stickbaits and worm harnesses run 30-50 feet down is a good bet. Buffalo area anglers target walleye off the windmills in 30-45 feet of water, outside of the breakwall gaps and at depths of 20-35 feet of water off the breakwalls. In addition to traditional trolling, slow trolling or drifting (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig with worm harness is a productive technique. Yellow perch fishing remains spotty with light angler effort. Some modest catches have come from depths of 50-60 feet off Cattaraugus Creek. Smallmouth bass fishing is tapering off in the harbors as post-spawn bass return to the lake. In the open lake, anglers can target smallmouth bass in 15-35 feet of water, from Buffalo to Barcelona. The key is to find rocky bottom structure like reefs, rock piles and drop-offs. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. S several anglers have found success wading offshore at low light and hooking up with some really nice sized walleye and catfish.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All Lake Erie tributaries were in questionable fishing shape with high flows at last check. The last of the bass are still hanging around. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. For bass. Woolly Buggers and streamers are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom work well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER:  Boaters are catching decent to good numbers of smallmouth bass and walleye in the lower river, with fish available from Devils Hole to the Niagara Bar. Boaters can target bass and walleye by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics or flatfish lures. Casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners is also a good bet for bass. Bouncing bottom with a Strike King Zero cut down has been working for bass. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing, Joe Davis State Park platform and Youngstown landing. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. The speed limit is still in effect along the NY shoreline so run the middle of the river and take it easy. Other bad news in addition to the high water is moss is slowly starting to show up as the river hit the 60 degree mark.  For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. It needs to be emphasized that Lake Ontario is open for fishing despite the high water levels and State of Emergency along the shoreline. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Trollers reported good catches for a mix of king salmon and lake trout off Niagara County, especially near Olcott. Spoons and flasher/fly combos have worked well at 40-75 feet over a 60 – 250 bottom, with some kings weighing around 20 pounds. Brown trout and the occasional coho or steelhead were still available inside 30 feet of water. Stickbaits and medium-sized spoons run behind planer boards is the typical program. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Slow trolling worm harnesses from shortly before sunset to dawn close to the scattered weed line is working for walleye. About 1 mph is ideal as far as speed. Running the harnesses behind bottom bouncers is the best method. This will work on the north and south basin. Quarter-ounce Vibes short cast and pumped back to the boat will work, especially with the water temp rising. White bass will nail these, too. The crappie bite has been spotty, but some decent catches have come from depths of 8-10 feet in the bays. Use 1/32 ounce jigs and minnows under a slip bobber. Yellow perch are available around the lake at depths of 5-10 feet of water. Shallow areas around docks are a good bet for largemouth bass. For muskellunge try casting jerkbaits or small spinners in 6 to 10 feet of water. Twitchbaits in the 6- to 9-inch range usually work well early in the season. Trolling smaller lures like 5-inch Tuff Shads should do the trick on the south basin. Perch and walleye patterns are always a good choice. Bluegill fishing has been great and Mayville has been the hot spot. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Many area trout streams are currently high and unfishable. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, pike and bass are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; stickbaits and spoons for the pike and green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms for the bass. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. The algae bloom is on. The lake is getting slimy and the weeds are thick. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye, northern pike and bass seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also, fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. Check out your favorite bullhead areas. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

 (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 35-70 feet in 80-100 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. One report has the bait fish at depths of 30 feet and lakers at 40 feet. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

 

*SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 125 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. The unofficial wordon the Sampson launchis it may open on the 28th. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching some lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. For anglers wanting a bass dinner, they can be keepers starting tomorrow. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are still running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. In the Finger Lakes the rainfall is aiding anglers by keeping flows high and tempting fresh lake-run fish to take a journey upstream. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Waters in the region that saw a pre-season stocking of trout (see Other Waters section) also are producing for anglers willing to get out there in less-than-ideal conditions. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. The bass are still on the spawning beds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Bass season started last weekend so expect more boat traffic as bass tournaments will be taking place. Bass are in the shallows with tubes being effective.  Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce walleyes. Anglers were using white, olive, black, and black and purple bucktails tipped with medium shiners. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps.  Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools. North Bay and Godfrey continue to be slower, but people are getting great numbers of perch in 12-22 feet of water throughout the lake.  The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass (legal tomorrow) and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. It needs to be emphasized that Lake Ontario is open for fishing despite the high water levels and State of Emergency along the shoreline. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling the shoreline between 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. The kings were in 80 to 200 feet of water down 50 to 60 feet. They are still favoring spoons, however cut bait has been working. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches of trout and salmon being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. You can cast out heavy spoons such as Kastmasters and Little Cleos from the pier. Just be extra careful because the water temperatures are still cold and can be lethal if you fall in. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer for a good bite. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Bass season started last Saturday. The bass have been hitting Hack Attack jigs and swim baits like the Strike King or Storm lures. Working structure and fishing near docks has worked on Port and Sodus Bays. The Canal is high but fishable. Anglers were catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway.

 Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass and a few steelhead. The dropbacks typically like the faster water and are generally suspended in the water column. They tend to hold in the head or tailouts of the deeper holes and larger runs. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: The river is high so be careful if you go out. There is a wide range of species being caught from the Varick Dam to the mouth of the river. Among the most common fish being caught are smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. Anglers fishing the lower half of the river have been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Northern pike, walleye, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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*THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

JUNE 2019  

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

7-26 – Kids’ Freshwater Fishing Tournament in all New York State waters sponsored by the New York Muskie Association. The tournament is open to all kids 18 and under who reside in New York state. There will be 4 categories of completion – musie/tiger muskie/pike, walleye, bass and panfish. Prizes will be awarded to top three entries in each division. Contestants must send a photo of their catch no later than June26. (For information/registration go to www,facebook.com/new-york-muskies-inc-69-new-york-state-kids-tournament-1602530713223581.)

21-22 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

22 - Teach-Me-to-Fish Event at the Chestnut Ridge Park Lake, Shelter No. 10, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY. (For information call  Joe McAdam at 716-570-3436.)

22 - Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic at Vitale Park (Conesus Lake), Lakeville, NY (9:00 am – 12:00pm) (For information call Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center  585-243-1904)

22 - Spey Nation at the Pineville Boat Launch, Salmon River, Pineville, NY. Demonstrations, and instruction by some of the biggest names in 2 handed casting from the East and West Coasts today.   Great Lakes anglers finally have the opportunity to learn Traditional Spey, Scandinavian, and Skagit techniques from the experts.  Free lunch. (For information go to speynation.com/.)

22-24 – ACA Kayak Instructor Training Course at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (Sat 8:00 am Mon 4:00 pm) ACA Certified Instructor Trainer Tom Nickels, owner of Riverwind Kayak, will be leading this Level 1/Level 2 class. Tom has been leading kayak adventures and training instructors for almost two decades. Paddling skills and techniques, safety rescue and towing will all be covered, along with teaching styles and group management. Completing the three-day class will make the participant eligible for the Level 2 certification. A two-day, Level 1 certification is also available. More information about the course and the instructor is available at http://www.riverwindkayak.com/. If you wish to register, or discuss the course with the instructor, please e-mail Tom at tom.nickels1@gmail.com. (Cost is $375 for the 3-day Level 2 Certification/Cost is $250 for the 2-day Level 1 Certification. Payment is to be made through PayPal at https://www.riverwindkayak.com/about-tom/paypal.) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200 mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

26 -  Public Meeting on Onondaga Lake Beach Feasibility Study and Design Project at the St. Josephs Healthcare Lakeview Amphitheater “VIP Club”, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse, NY. (5:00 – 7:00 pm) The Onondaga County Office of Environment will hold the second of three public meetings to discuss the Onondaga Lake Beach Feasibility Study and Design project. The purpose of this meeting is to share updates regarding the project market analysis and survey, site selection, review the status of the lake cleanup and water quality, and to seek further public input on amenities and design features. This event will include a presentation at 5:30pm followed by a Q&A poster session during which attendees can provide input on site design and amenities and will be able to speak with scientists and agency representatives regarding the beach project. (For information contact the Onondaga County Office of Environment, 315-435-8497.)

27-28 - 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge, Safe Harbor Marina, Lake Erie. (27th dinner at the Atrium @ Rich’s, One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo, NY/28th derby) The Challenge is filled with opportunities to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, everything from social to sporting functions.   The event involves a one-day catch-and-release tournament in which anglers have the opportunity to fish for bass and walleye with a professional fishing guide.  (For information contact Tiffany Rolleck at 716-204-2535 or online at http://www.cff.org.)

28 - WNY Heroes Fishing Tourney for Military Vets,Chadwick Bay, Free to veterans, Fishing from 7am - 1pm, competition among veterans, lunch provided at Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2-4pm. Coordinator: Captain Jim Steel, 716-983-7867; email: info@innovative-outdoors.com, or visit: https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/.  The Mission of WNYHeroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

29 - The Lew Mead Aannual Kids Fishing Contest on Cassadaga Lake. The event is free and open to youths 15 years old and younger with prizes in four age groups. Sign up at the state boat launch located at Lilly Dale by 8 a.m. with the weigh in at 11 a.m. at the same place. Trophies and prizes awarded shortly afterwards.

29 - The Monroe County Offshore Classic put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dream Factory. Anglers can sign up at Mitchel's Bait and Tackle, 4531 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY; South Bay Boat and Tackle, 4531 Lake Ave, Rochester NY and B-E Fishing Tackle Inc. 6275 Dean Parkway, Ontario NY. (Entry Fee:  $200 per boat with cash payouts) (For information go to 2019-Monroe-County-Offshore-Classic (1).docx)

29 - Chautauqua Showdown Musky Tournament at the Mayville launch. (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) Catch & Release. There will also be a Kids raffle table. (For information go to nymusky69@yahoo.com.)   

29 - Family Fishing Day at the foot of Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY. (For information contact George Johnson at 716-818-3410.)

29-30 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

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

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

 

TIP #2: JUNE DATES:

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

15 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/20)

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

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

29-30 - FREE FISHING DAYS in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

 

TIP #3: FLIPPING FUNDAMENTALS: (Legendary bass pro Denny Brauer shares his knowledge on one of bass fishing’s most deadly techniques.) There are numerous must-know bass fishing techniques. And what’s at the top of the list? Flipping, which can put fish in the boat when just about everything else fails.  

“Almost every lake has heavy cover, and where do the big bass like to live? They like to live in that heavy cover. Conventional casting techniques often cannot get your bait in there and if you can get your bait in there, your odds of getting the fish out are pretty slim. That’s where flipping comes into play,” says legendary bass pro Denny Brauer.             

He continues: “If the water is dirty you can get a lot closer to the fish or if the cover is real uniform and heavy, think of how many more drops you can get into the fish’s home because you’re not spending all that time reeling. You’ve got a piece of line that you’re working with, the reel’s engaged, and you’re fishing close to the fish where you can feel the bites better, you can get a better hookset, and have a better chance of landing them. So, flipping can have a real advantage in dirty water and heavy cover.”

 

TIP #4: WARM WATER (BASS, PIKE, ETC.) ANGLER DIARY COOPERATORS are needed for Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Hemlock, and Canadice Lakes. If interested please contact Region 8 Fisheries at fwfish8@dec.ny.gov or by calling 585-226-5343.

LAKE ERIE: The walleye night bite has been decent to good, with some limits reported. Popular nighttime spots included Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar and the areas off the “Cat”, Hamburg and Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits (in black and silver or rainbow trout color patterns) at around 2 mph over rocky areas of 8-15 feet of water is the typical program. Walleye are available during the daytime, too. Target depths of 20-55 feet of water off or near the popular nighttime spots and off the windmills. Try trolling, bottom bouncing or vertical jigging. There were some reports of yellow perch closer to Buffalo, however the area east of Cattaraugus Creek in 50-60 feet of water remained the best bet for solid take of perch. Perch schools were moving around, and with it the bite. Anglers who have been able to stay on an active school have been rewarded. Dunkirk and Barcelona harbors are good bets for smallmouth bass and some big bronzebacks have been reported. Water temperatures were still relatively cool, so look for the bass action to really take off as the temps come up. Water temperatures were even colder in the outer Buffalo Harbor and bass have not started to show in numbers yet. That can change at any time. There were good numbers of bass around the inner Buffalo Harbor, including lots of hefty largemouths. Keep in mind that the there is no fishing from the docks or from the shoreline immediately adjacent to the boat slips in Buffalo Harbor. The bite should be picking up on the lake as well water temps rise. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All Lake Erie tributaries were in good fishing shape with moderate flows at last check. Smallmouth bass now provide the best action, with all streams fishing well for bass. Woolly Buggers and streamers are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom work well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Shore anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Musky season opens June 15 in the Great Lakes and the Upper river and Buffalo Harbor is the best place to be for consistent musky action. Bass fishing has been very good there as well. The foot of Ferry Street is a good place to target

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Regular black bass and muskellunge seasons open on the Niagara River on Saturday, June 15th. Live bait such as minnows or crayfish are permitted for use for bass when the regular season opens and are top baits for Niagara River bass. Early season musky are often found around emerging weeds near spawning areas. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets in early season. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics or flatfish lures or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. High water levels are causing problems for shore anglers. The NYPA platform is closed and the water is over much of the "landing" areas where people fish along Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Anglers can wet a line from shore at Lewiston Landing, Joe Davis State Park platform and Youngstown landing. The NYPA fishing platform may be closed due to high water level. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. It needs to be emphasized that Lake Ontario is open for fishing despite the high water levels and State of Emergency along the shoreline. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Trollers reported good catches for a mix of king salmon and lake trout off Niagara County, especially near Olcott. Spoons and flasher/fly combos have worked well in 40-150 feet of water, with some kings weighing around 20 pounds. Brown trout and the occasional coho or steelhead were still available inside 30 feet of water. Stickbaits and medium-sized spoons run behind planer boards is the typical program. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

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

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Slow trolling worm harnesses from shortly before sunset to dawn close to the scattered weed line is working for walleye. About 1 mph is ideal as far as speed. Running the harnesses behind bottom bouncers is the best method. This will work on the north and south basin. Quarter-ounce Vibes short cast and pumped back to the boat will work, especially with the water temp rising. White bass will nail these, too. The crappie bite has been spotty, but some decent catches have come from depths of 8-10 feet in the bays. Use 1/32 ounce jigs and minnows under a slip bobber. Yellow perch are available around the lake at depths of 5-10 feet of water. Shallow areas around docks are a good bet for largemouth bass. For muskellunge try casting jerkbaits or small spinners in 6 to 10 feet of water. Twitchbaits in the 6- to 9-inch range usually work well early in the season. Trolling smaller lures like 5-inch Tuff Shads should do the trick on the south basin. Perch and walleye patterns are always a good choice. Blue gill fishing has been great and Mayville has been the hot spot. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Many area trout streams are currently high but fishable. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of caddisflies, light cahills, sulphurs and March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike are providing some action and starting tomorrow keeper bass. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and northern pike seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. For those seeking some good bass action, this is the place. Fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

 (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is open but no reports on the bite. Catch and release bass fishing has been quite good and that should continue. Bass are in good shape and the size is many in the 15-18 inch category. Afternoon to evening fishing seems best. Green pumpkin stickos and Zoom trick worms have been working well. As the water warms the bass seem to prefer watermelon/red. Be observant and change color and the depth you are fishing often until bass are located. The eight foot depth is a good starting point. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 40-75 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. One report has the bait fish at depths of 30 feet and lakers at 40 feet. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  Bass season opens tomorrow. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 125 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is closed and it’s now catch and release/artificials only for the bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching some lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass (legal tomorrow), rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. For anglers wanting a bass dinner, they can be keepers starting tomorrow. Smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are still running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. In the Finger Lakes the rainfall is aiding anglers by keeping flows high and tempting fresh lake-run fish to take a journey upstream. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Waters in the region that saw a pre-season stocking of trout (see Other Waters section) also are producing for anglers willing to get out there in less-than-ideal conditions. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Walleye and pike are now legal. They are taking worm harnesses and stickbaits. Come tomorrow you can keep the bass. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

ONEIDA LAKE: Folks are finally cashing in on both ends of the lake following wind patterns and finding where schools of baitfish are with the walleye not far from the big schools. The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce well. Guys were using white, olive, black, and black and purple bucktails tipped with medium shiners and got into great numbers all week. The jig bite is still on sonars and raps.  Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools.  North Bay and Godfrey continue to be slower, but people are getting great numbers of perch in 12-22 feet of water throughout the lake.  The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold. The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass (legal tomorrow) and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed or unusable due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. It needs to be emphasized that Lake Ontario is open for fishing despite the high water levels and State of Emergency along the shoreline. Weather permitting, the lake is providing some productive fishing. Browns remain shallow but not as close to shore and catch rates are dropping. Try trolling the shoreline between 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. The kings were in 140 to 160 feet of water down 50 to 60 feet. They are still favoring spoons, however cut bait has been working. Lake trout are hugging the bottom in 130 to 170 FOW. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches of trout and salmon being netted but keep an eyeon the wind and wave action. You can cast out heavy spoons such as Kastmasters and Little Cleos from the pier. Just be extra careful because the water temperatures are still cold and can be lethal if you fall in. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday May 11. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. Bay fishing has been excellent but there are challenges launching with the high water. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer for a good bite. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass and a few steelhead. The dropbacks typically like the faster water and are generally suspended in the water column. They tend to hold in the head or tailouts of the deeper holes and larger runs. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are also getting into smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Larger numbers of walleyes are finally showing up in the Oswego River. Bottom bouncing night crawlers, jigging bucktail jigs, and casting stick baits are the most effective techniques. Many anglers are of the belief that these fish will only feed after dark, but such is not the case here as some of the best feeding windows can occur early morning and mid-day on the river, as well as at night. If you’re simply looking to have some fun and hook into some fish, you can catch good numbers of bass and other warm water species anywhere from the high and low walls on the upper west side, down to the lower river and into the harbor, using a plethora of different baits, from live bait to tube jigs, swim baits, stickbaits, spoons and bucktail jigs. Remember it’s catch and release on the bass until tomorrow. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Northern pike, walleye, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Remember bass are catch and release only until tomorrow, June 15. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

MAY 2019

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

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

 

JUNE 2019  

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

6-16 - The 35th Annual Walleye Derby on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York out of Hamburg, N.Y. Featuring more than $100,000 in cash and prizes with anglers expected from throughout Western N.Y., multiple states and Canada. The top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. This year a special $10,000 cash prize will go to the angler who brings in a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. (For information call Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372 or go to see the association’s website.)

7-26  Kids’ Freshwater Fishing Tournament in all New York State waters sponsored by the New York Muskie Association. The tournament is open to all kids 18 and under who reside in New York state. There will be 4 categories of completion – musie/tiger muskie/pike, walleye, bass and panfish. Prizes will be awarded to top three entries in each division. Contestants must send a photo of their catch no later than June26. (For information/registration go to www,facebook.com/new-york-muskies-inc-69-new-york-state-kids-tournament-1602530713223581.)

8-16 - The 35th Annual Walleye Derby on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York out of Hamburg, N.Y. Touted as the largest amateur walleye fishing tournament in the country. Featuring more than $100,000 in cash and prizes with anglers expected from throughout Western N.Y., multiple states and Canada. This year a $10,000 cash prize will go to the angler who brings in a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. (For information call Rob Kroh at 585-356-3696 or see the Southtowns Walleye Association website.)

14 - Close of Trophy Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

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

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

15 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/20)

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

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

15 - The 24th Annual City of Tonawanda Kids Free Fishing Derby at Niawanda ParkTonawanda, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Bandshell in the park. Grab bags will be handed out to the first 200 kids registered. Age groups are 14 to 16, 11 to 13, 8 to 10 and 7 and under. If a youth is 16 years of age, they are required to have a fishing license. Some great prizes up for grabs. Awards will take place at 11:30 a.m. (For information call John White at 692-6306.)

15 -  The 33rd Annual Niagara County Youth Fishing Derby at the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson, NY. (8:00 am to Noon) This contest, for kids ages 3 to 14, is based on fish length. No trout and salmon will be judged. Youths may fish any Niagara County waters. All kids will receive a consolation prize. Awards presentation is at 1 p.m. (For information call Mike at 585-205-1353. )

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

15 – Pond Life at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Scoop and search for pond inhabitants as we discover the adaptations that allow them to survive underwater. Wear waterproof boots or old sneakers. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Over 400 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)

16 - Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby at Wide Waters Marina, Lockport, NY (8:00 to 11:00 am) Fishing; lunch and awards will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is being hosted by Moose Lodge 617, 204 Monroe Street, Lockport, NY.

21-22 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

22 - Teach-Me-to-Fish Event at the Chestnut Ridge Park Lake, Shelter No. 10, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY. (For information call  Joe McAdam at 716-570-3436.)

22 - Chip Holt Nature Center Free Fishing Clinic at Vitale Park (Conesus Lake), Lakeville, NY (9:00 am – 12:00pm) (For information call Matthew Sanderson, Chip Holt Nature Center  585-243-1904)

22 - Spey Nation at the Pineville Boat Launch, Salmon River, Pineville, NY. Demonstrations, and instruction by some of the biggest names in 2 handed casting from the East and West Coasts today. Great Lakes anglers finally have the opportunity to learn Traditional Spey, Scandinavian, and Skagit techniques from the experts.  Free lunch. (For information go to speynation.com/.)

22-24 – ACA Kayak Instructor Training Course at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (Sat 8:00 am Mon 4:00 pm) ACA Certified Instructor Trainer Tom Nickels, owner of Riverwind Kayak, will be leading this Level 1/Level 2 class. Tom has been leading kayak adventures and training instructors for almost two decades. Paddling skills and techniques, safety rescue and towing will all be covered, along with teaching styles and group management. Completing the three-day class will make the participant eligible for the Level 2 certification. A two-day, Level 1 certification is also available. More information about the course and the instructor is available at http://www.riverwindkayak.com/. If you wish to register, or discuss the course with the instructor, please e-mail Tom at tom.nickels1@gmail.com. (Cost is $375 for the 3-day Level 2 Certification/Cost is $250 for the 2-day Level 1 Certification. Payment is to be made through PayPal at https://www.riverwindkayak.com/about-tom/paypal.) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200 mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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

 

*TIP 2: WALLEYE JIGS: Jigs are a popular lure for walleye, mainly because they work under a wide range of conditions. Basically, a jig is a hook with a weighted head that has either bucktail, marabou, or a plastic body attached to it. Bucktail jigs are the old walleye standby, but plastic baits offer a wider range of colors and shapes. Twister or shad style plastics seem to work better for walleye than worm or creature style baits that are popular with bass anglers. Three to four inch plastics are a good all around walleye size, but don't be afraid to try bigger or smaller baits. Just about any color jig will catch walleye; however, darker colored jigs are the most popular with black, brown and purple being favorites. A jig's appeal can be further enhanced by tipping it with live bait, such as minnows, leeches or night crawlers. A plain jig head works great this way as well. There are a number of ways to fish a jig, but the most common method is as follows: cast it out, let it sink to the bottom and then snap it up a foot or two, let it fall back to the bottom and repeat. Try different retrieves until the walleye let you know which one they prefer that day.

 

*TIP 3: ANGLER DIARY COOPERATOR PROGRAM: The DEC is looking  for new participants in the Angler Diary Cooperator Program to help with the management program on the Finger Lakes. Cooperator numbers have dropped in recent years, and new cooperators are needed now more than ever. If you fish Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Lake or any of their tributaries and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov. If you fish Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake and want to learn more about the program and how to sign up, contact the Region 8 Fisheries office at (585) 226-5343, or on-line at fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.

 

*LAKE ERIE: The walleye night bite has been decent to good, with some limits reported. Popular nighttime spots included Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar and the area off Hamburg and Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits (in black and silver or rainbow trout color patterns) at around 2 mph over rocky areas of 8-15 feet of water is the typical program. Walleye are available during the daytime, too. Target depths of 20-40 feet of water off or near the popular nighttime spots and off the windmills. Try trolling, bottom bouncing or vertical jigging. There were some reports of yellow perch closer to Buffalo, however the area east of Cattaraugus Creek in 50-60 feet of water remained the best bet for solid take of perch. Perch schools were moving around, and with it the bite. Anglers who have been able to stay on an active school have been rewarded. Dunkirk and Barcelona harbors are good bets for smallmouth bass and some big bronzebacks have been reported. Water temperatures were still relatively cool, so look for the bass action to really take off as the temps come up. Water temperatures were even colder in the outer Buffalo Harbor and bass have not started to show in numbers yet. That can change at any time. There were good numbers of bass around the inner Buffalo Harbor, including lots of hefty largemouths. Keep in mind that the there is no fishing from the docks or from the shoreline immediately adjacent to the boat slips in Buffalo Harbor.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All Lake Erie tributaries were in good fishing shape with moderate flows at last check. There were still some steelhead hanging around, but smallmouth bass now provide the best action, with all streams fishing well for bass. Woolly Buggers and streamers are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom work well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Shore anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Keep in mind that black bass fishing in the river is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until the regular season opens next week June 15. Musky season, too, opens June 15 in the Great Lakes.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: In the lower Niagara River, smallmouth bass have been dominating the catch. Tube jigs and swim baits are the way to go. Rage Swimmer and the 4-inch KVD Swim-N-Shiner have been two hot baits for smallmouth bass. Walleye are being caught at Lewiston Landing at night, but action is slowing. If you want to give it a try, use jigs, ribbed plastics and live bait. Some steelhead are still in Devil’s Hole. Use live bait if fishing from a boat. Shore casters are using beads, spinners, spoons and sacs if you can find some dry land from which to cast. The NYPA fishing platform may be closed due to high water level. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. Trollers reported good catches for a mix of king salmon and lake trout off Niagara County, especially near Olcott. Spoons and flasher/fly combos have worked well in 40-100 feet of water, with some kings weighing around 20 pounds. Brown trout and the occasional coho or steelhead were still available inside 30 feet of water. Stickbaits and medium-sized spoons run behind planer boards is the typical program. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Angler effort and steelhead catches continue their decline on the Lake Ontario tributaries. There is mixed bag action all around – mid sized tribs like the Oak or Eighteen Mile are hanging on to steelhead with a few fresh fish thrown in along with plenty of suckers. All Lake Ontario creeks are at fishable levels at present, but rain will surely have levels on the rise. Brown trout and steelhead are available for casters at pier sites. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Yellow perch will typically show in spring at harbor sites such as Wilson, Olcott and Oak Orchard Harbors. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Slow trolling worm harnesses close to the scattered weed line is working for walleye. About 1 mph is ideal as far as speed. Running the harnesses behind bottom bouncers is the best method. This will work on the north and south basin. Quarter-ounce Vibes short cast and pumped back to the boat will work, especially with the water temp rising. White bass will nail these, too. The crappie bite was good over the weekend in shallow, however that will start to diminish as the water warms. Use 1/32 ounce jigs and minnows under a slip bobber. Yellow perch are available around the lake at depths of 5-10 feet of water. Shallow areas around docks are a good bet for largemouth bass. As a reminder, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until June 15. Muskellunge season on Chautauqua is open. Try casting jerkbaits or small spinners in 6 to 10 feet of water. Twitchbaits in the 6- to 9-inch range usually work well early in the season. Trolling smaller lures like 5-inch Tuff Shads should do the trick on the south basin. Perch and walleye patterns are always a good choice. Blue gill fishing has been great and Mayville has been the hot spot. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Many area trout streams are currently high but fishable. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of Hendricksons, Blue-Winged Olives, caddisflies or stone flies. 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 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. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and northern pike seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. For those seeking some good catch and release bass action, this is the place. Fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is open but no reports on the bite. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also, on Waneta you can add Musky. If you use a boat, watch out for floating debris. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Action is also good in the Penn Yan branch. Try trolling or jigging at 40-75 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. One report has the bait fish at depths of 30 feet and lakers at 40 feet. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. (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: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 125 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is closed and it’s now catch and release/artificials only for the bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching some lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in shallow out to 200 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel and they are legal now. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. Remember though, it’s catch and release/artificial only for the bass. 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 or lake trout. Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers taking advantage of the catch and release season. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite.  Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass (now catch and release), rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons in 170 foot of water on the west side of the lake. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. For anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season there are some smallmouths and largemouths being taken in shallow water near shore and around the docks but remember it’s catch and release until next week.(Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are still running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. In the Finger Lakes the rainfall is aiding anglers by keeping flows high and tempting fresh lake-run fish to take a journey upstream. Egg sack’s and nightcrawler’s dominate the best baits for spin fisherman. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Waters in the region that saw a pre-season stocking of trout (see Other Waters section) also are producing for anglers willing to get out there in less-than-ideal conditions. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

*SANDY POND: There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Walleye and pike are now legal. They are taking worm harnesses and stickbaits. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for perch and bullhead. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are all legal. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Folks are finally cashing in on both ends of the lake following wind patterns and finding where schools of baitfish are with the walleye not far from the big schools.  The east end of the lake near Oneida Creek and the canal are continuing to produce well.  Guys were using white, olive, black, and black and purple bucktails tipped with medium shiners and got into great numbers all week.  The jig bite is still on sonars and raps.  Perch colored sonars are doing well right now due to the eyes feasting on small perch schools.  North Bay and Godfrey continue to be slower, but people are getting great numbers of perch in 18-22 feet of water throughout the lake.  The Lewis Point area shore bite has been hot as well as the Messenger Bay area trolling during the day with more traditional colors beginning to take hold.  The tournament guys did big numbers west and northwest of Chapman where the tournament was held last weekend and that pattern has continued.  The mouth of Chittenango Creek has been producing both day and night using raps for bass and eyes.  The Brewerton area is producing tons of pickerel as well. Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at idle speed. Also, boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to the high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. Weather conditions are disrupting the fish movement patterns making it hard to predict what’s where. Weather permitting, the lake can provide some productive fishing. There are browns close to shore for anyone that wants to fish the lake but catch rates are dropping. Try trolling the shoreline between 10 to 40 feet of water. Use small stickbaits or spoons, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. Lure colors – green/gold/black/orange spoons or black/gold Jr reef runners. A popular plug has been the Bay Rat stick bait in perch color. There is a mudline on the lake and often the best way to fish stained water is to troll in and out between clear and muddy waters. Brown trout love the cover. Some coho and a few surprise Atlantics are also showing up. Some kings are showing-up in deeper water in the 25 to 40 foot level. UV tape Stingrays continue being best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV. Others are green spoons and goby Bay Rats. There is also some good smallmouth action found in the shallows, but remember it’s catch and release. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. A few steelhead and holdover browns may be in the creeks. The steelies are hitting red small spoons, bright beads and egg sacs. The water flow is perfect on both sides of Maxwell at Lake Road. Pier fishing is ongoing with brown trout catches and some steelhead being netted. You can cast out heavy spoons such as Kastmasters and Little Cleos from the pier. Just be extra careful because the water temperatures are in the low 40’s which can be lethal if you fall in. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The high-water situation continues to leave the lake shore and the bays in a no-wake condition. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office declared a State of Emergency on Sodus Bay, East Bay, Port Bay and Blind Sodus Bay effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday May 11. On Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake within 1000 feet of shore. On Port Bay, East Bay and Blind Sodus Bay it’s idle speed only causing no wake. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay which should increase as temperatures get warmer for a good bite. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. The Canal is high but fishable. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are at emergency heights and boating restrictions are in place – 5 mile/hour speed limits and no wake zones along shore. Check out your bullhead spots. They should be getting active. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: Best reports come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass and a few steelhead. The dropbacks typically like the faster water and are generally suspended in the water column. They tend to hold in the head or tailouts of the deeper holes and larger runs. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. On the DSR, anglers are getting into steelhead and smallmouth bass. Several anglers reported success in the middle and upper sections swinging large black leeches and what looked like a large white Muddler (actually turned into a streamer when fished) along with nymphs and black/purple Intruders. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Larger numbers of walleyes are finally showing up in the Oswego River. Bottom bouncing night crawlers, jigging bucktail jigs, and casting stick baits are the most effective techniques. Many anglers are of the belief that these fish will only feed after dark, but such is not the case here as some of the best feeding windows can occur early morning and mid-day on the river, as well as at night. If you’re simply looking to have some fun and hook into some fish, you can catch good numbers of bass and other warm water species anywhere from the high and low walls on the upper west side, down to the lower river and into the harbor, using a plethora of different baits, from live bait to tube jigs, swim baits, stickbaits, spoons and bucktail jigs. Remember it’s catch and release on the bass until next week. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are high and muddy. If you do go out, fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Northern pike, walleye, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Remember bass are catch and release only until next week, June 15. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms. The Chemung is the water with the best report - walleye action is solid. Jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails works well. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

  

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*THIS WEEK’S “Fish” EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

 

MAY 2019

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

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

 

JUNE 2019  

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2-8 – National Fishing Week

6-16 - The 35th Annual Walleye Derby on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York out of Hamburg, N.Y. Featuring more than $100,000 in cash and prizes with anglers expected from throughout Western N.Y., multiple states and Canada. The top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. This year a special $10,000 cash prize will go to the angler who brings in a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. (For information call Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372 or go to see the association’s website.)

7 International Game Fish Angling Day (IGFA Day) The focus of the first IGFA Day will be youth education and the IGFA’s ongoing initiative to teach 100,000 kids to fish. Through the distribution of IGFA Passports to Fishing kits, the launch of new online learning modules and the creation of strategic partnerships with organizations involved in youth education, the IGFA plans to coordinate fishing clinics for kids in at least 20 different countries on six different continents.

7-26 – Kids’ Freshwater Fishing Tournament in all New York State waters sponsored by the New York Muskie Association. The tournament is open to all kids 18 and under who reside in New York state. There will be 4 categories of completion – musie/tiger muskie/pike, walleye, bass and panfish. Prizes will be awarded to top three entries in each division. Contestants must send a photo of their catch no later than June26. (For information/registration go to www,facebook.com/new-york-muskies-inc-69-new-york-state-kids-tournament-1602530713223581.)

8 - DEC/Erie County Federation Teach-Me-to-Fish Event at the Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY. (For information contact Mike Todd at 716-851-7200.)

8 - Great Lakes Experience at the Dunkirk Memorial Park, Dunkirk, NY (Lake Erie) (7:00 am – 1:00 pm) (For information call Zen Olow, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club  716-640-2776)

8 – 22st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to adk-gvc.org/expo)

8 - BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training Programs at Fleet Boat Club, 1384 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY. Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating come learn. No experience necessary! There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our participants. Sometimes weather can be a limiting factor on the water. If the weather forecast is questionable, we will contact you no later than 24 hours before your scheduled course. It is a fun, easy, and affordable way to develop your sea legs! Two courses are available: Course 1 – Intro to Boating – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding. Course 2 - Women Making Waves (Women Only) – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding. Spots are filling fast. (Cost: $129.00 per course.) (For information/register go to https://boatusfoundation.ticketspice.com/fleet-boat-club-rochester-ny.)   

8-16 - The 35th Annual Walleye Derby on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York out of Hamburg, N.Y. Touted as the largest amateur walleye fishing tournament in the country. Featuring more than $100,000 in cash and prizes with anglers expected from throughout Western N.Y., multiple states and Canada. This year a $10,000 cash prize will go to the angler who brings in a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. (For information call Rob Kroh at 585-356-3696 or see the Southtowns Walleye Association website.)

14 - Close of Trophy Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

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

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

15 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/20)

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

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

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

15 – Pond Life at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Scoop and search for pond inhabitants as we discover the adaptations that allow them to survive underwater. Wear waterproof boots or old sneakers. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Over 400 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: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO USE A BOAT LAUNCH ON LAKE ONTARIO -_CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE IT”S OPEN. Several are closed because of high water.

 

TIP 2: BAD, GOOD, GREAT: Thunderstorms cause walleye to go deep or bury themselves in weeds. Big lake suspended schools of walleye may break up or move great distances during storms. Cold fronts can cause them to hibernate. Bright days on clear lakes can also shut them off. When any of this happens, head for the nearest walleye river because they aren’t affected as much by bad weather. Good times for walleye include when choppy conditions create current, diminish light penetration, and stir up shallow waters causing bait to be more active. Wind-swept shorelines will be especially good. A great time for big walleye is the three days before and after a new or full moon.

(Keith Kavajecz is a member of the Bass Pro Shops® Pro Fishing Team For more tips, log onto basspro.com)

 

TIP 3: ANGLER DIARY COOPERATOR PROGRAM: The DEC is looking  for new participants in the Angler Diary Cooperator Program to help with the management program on the Finger Lakes. Cooperator numbers have dropped in recent years, and new cooperators are needed now more than ever. If you fish Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Lake or any of their tributaries and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov. If you fish Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake and want to learn more about the program and how to sign up, contact the Region 8 Fisheries office at (585) 226-5343, or on-line at fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.

 

LAKE ERIE: The walleye night bite has been decent to good, with some limits reported. Popular nighttime spots included Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar and the area off Hamburg and Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits (in black and silver or rainbow trout color patterns) at around 2 mph over rocky areas of 8-15 feet of water is the typical program. Walleye are available during the daytime, too. Target depths of 20-35 feet of water off or near the popular nighttime spots and off the windmills. Try trolling, bottom bouncing or vertical jigging. There were some reports of yellow perch closer to Buffalo, however the area east of Cattaraugus Creek in 50-60 feet of water remained the best bet for solid take of perch. Perch schools were moving around, and with it the bite. Anglers who have been able to stay on an active school have been rewarded. Dunkirk and Barcelona harbors are good bets for smallmouth bass and some big bronzebacks have been reported. Water temperatures were still relatively cool, so look for the bass action to really take off as the temps come up. Water temperatures were even colder in the outer Buffalo Harbor and bass have not started to show in numbers yet. That can change at any time. There were good numbers of bass around the inner Buffalo Harbor, including lots of hefty largemouths. Keep in mind that the there is no fishing from the docks or from the shoreline immediately adjacent to the boat slips in Buffalo Harbor.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All Lake Erie tributaries were in good fishing shape with moderate flows at last check. There were still some steelhead hanging around, but smallmouth bass now provide the best action, with all streams fishing well for bass. Woolly Buggers and streamers are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom work well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Shore anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites in spring. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Keep in mind that black bass fishing in the river is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until the regular season opens on third Saturday in June

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: There were still trout hanging around the lower river, with a decent number of steelhead and a few lakers in the upper drifts. Some walleye continue to show in the upper drifts and from the Lewiston Sand Docks at night. Smallmouth bass and white bass numbers were on the upswing as fish migrate upriver. A mix of smallmouth bass and lake trout were hitting on the Niagara Bar. The bass have been hitting swim baits and tubes. Once lake ice completely moved through the system, water temperatures shot past favorable smelt dipping temps of 39-40 degrees rather quickly, with no real sign of smelt near shore. Maybe next year. The NYPA fishing platform may be closed due to high water level. For updates call 716-796-0135, extension 45. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Boat launches along the lake shore may be closed due to high water. Call ahead before traveling any distance. The record high water does not influence the fish and fishing and Lake Ontario is open for business but take note that there is a no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore. Trollers reported good catches for a mix of king salmon and lake trout off Niagara County, especially near Olcott. Spoons and flasher/fly combos have worked well in 40-100 feet of water, with some kings weighing around 20 pounds. Brown trout and the occasional coho or steelhead were still available inside 30 feet of water. Stickbaits and medium-sized spoons run behind planer boards is the typical program. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2019. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page. The process is straight forward. Catch a Coho and check for an adipose fin clip. Mark all the information at a freezer site such as Fort Niagara State Park, Wilson Harbor (Bootleggers Cove and the Wilson Boat Yard) and Olcott at the Town of Newfane Marina, to name a few. Bags and labels are available in the freezer. Make sure you provide the information of where you caught the fish, whether it had a clip and total length of the fish. For more information you can also contact Mike Connerton of DEC at 315-654-2147.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Angler effort and steelhead catches continue their decline on the Lake Ontario tributaries. There is mixed bag action all around – mid sized tribs like the Oak or Eighteen Mile are hanging on to steelhead with a few fresh fish thrown in along with plenty of suckers. All Lake Ontario creeks are at fishable levels at present, but rain will surely have levels on the rise. Brown trout and steelhead are available for casters at pier sites. Spoons and spinners are a good bet. Yellow perch will typically show in spring at harbor sites such as Wilson, Olcott and Oak Orchard Harbors. Bullhead have moved into the harbors and lower ends of streams.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Slow trolling worm harnesses close to the scattered weed line is working. About 1 mph is ideal as far as speed. Running the harnesses behind bottom bouncers is the best method. This will work on the north and south basin. Quarter-ounce Vibes short cast and pumped back to the boat will work, especially with the water temp rising. White bass will nail these, too. The crappie bite was good over the weekend in shallow, however that will start to diminish as the water warms. Use 1/32 ounce jigs and minnows under a slip bobber. Yellow perch are available around the lake at depths of 5-10 feet of water. Shallow areas around docks are a good bet for largemouth bass. As a reminder, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until 3rd Saturday in June. Muskellunge season on Chautauqua kicks off tomorrow on May 25th. Try casting jerkbaits or small spinners in 6 to 10 feet of water. Twitchbaits in the 6- to 9-inch range usually work well early in the season. Trolling smaller lures like 5-inch Tuff Shads should do the trick on the south basin. Perch and walleye patterns are always a good choice. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Many area trout streams are currently high but fishable. Better conditions can be found by seeking out smaller streams and spring-fed streams. The trout are eating both subsurface and on the surface (streamers/nymphs and dry flies). The upper ends of the inland streams have been fishing great. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of Hendricksons, Blue-Winged Olives, caddisflies or stone flies. 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 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. Good numbers of perch, rock bass, sunfish and crappie (mostly small) are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and northern pike seasons are open but no reports on the bite. Good numbers of perch, rock bass and sunfish are available. Fish live bait (worms and small minnows) or small spinner baits. Also check out your favorite bullhead areas. For those seeking some good catch and release bass action, this is the place. Fish the shallows (4 fow) with ‘baby bass’ colored stickbaits. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Keep an eye out for foot long eels (Asian swamp eels). Seven were recently found dead along the shore. If you do spot anything report it to DEC. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

 (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye season is open but no reports on the bite. Some nice perch are being caught along with a lot of small ones, Also biting at the south end were crappie (not a lot but nice ones) and bluegills. Check along the west side north of the ‘Ranch’ for big crappie and a lot of small bass. The docks are in at the state launch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Also tomorrow, on Waneta you can add Musky. If you try a boat, watch out for floating debris. Bullhead fishing has picked up for those night fishing. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs in the canal between the lakes. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the Branchport arm and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try trolling or jigging at 40-100 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. One report has the bait fish at depths of 30 feet and lakers at 40 feet. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small along with some decent, eater size perch in 15 – 25 feet of water. (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.)