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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

12 - 6 - 19   

 

*TIP: REMINDER: November 30 was the end of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Black Bass and Muskellunge. The Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season remains open until December 15. Bass Season in western Finger Lakes (Seneca Lake and west) and Tiger Musky Season in Otisco Lake remain open until March 15, 2020.

 

*TIP 2: IT’S COMING - - ICE SAFETY: Here are 13 tips to follow when going on ice:

*Always remember that ice is never completely safe under any conditions.

*Fish or walk with a friend. It’s safer and more fun.

*Contact local sport shops to ask about ice conditions on the lake or river you want to fish.

*Carry a cell phone, and let people know where you are going and when you’ll return home.

*Wear proper clothing and equipment, including a life jacket or a float coat to help you stay afloat and to help slow body heat loss.

*Wear creepers attached to boots to prevent slipping on clear ice.

*Carry a spud bar to check the ice while walking to new areas.

*Carry a couple of spikes and a length of light rope in an easily accessible pocket to help pull yourself—or others—out of the ice.

*Do not travel in unfamiliar areas, or at night.

*Know if the lake has inlets, outlets, or narrows that have currents that can thin the ice.

*Look for clear ice. Clear ice is generally stronger than ice with air bubbles in it or with snow on it.

*Watch out for pressure ridges or ice heaves. These can be dangerous due to thin ice and open water.

*Take extra mittens or gloves so you always have a dry pair.

*Driving on ice is always a risk. Use good judgment and consider alternatives.

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 50-70 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 70-80 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point. One angler found the perch in 61-63 feet of water and the key was finding the bait. If you can find bait, you’ll find the perch. He was fishing straight off Crystal Beach on the mud flats. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Remember as of December 1st the limit is 1 fish at least 20 inches long to be a keeper. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All streams are running high and stained at report time. Without additional precipitation, the smaller streams and gorge section of Chautauqua Creek could be ready at some point in the near future. Anglers should have more fishable options by Sunday. Steelhead were previously spread throughout the Lake Erie tributaries' reaches. With the current high water event, look for presence of fresh steelhead in the lower sections of creeks. Fly anglers typically target steelhead by drifting egg patterns, trout beads, nymphs and woolly buggers or by swinging streamers. Egg sacs, trout beads, pink plastic worms and jigs are common offerings by spinning or center pin drifters. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Decent numbers of walleye are showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers may still target bass by catch and release only, artificial lures only. Casting spoons or drifting egg sacs may produce rainbow trout catches from Broderick Park and Bird Island Pier.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters are in good fishing shape at report time. Boat and shore anglers have seen a good trout bite this past week. Catches have consisted of a mix of steelhead, lake trout and brown trout from both boat and shore. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will reopen on January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Trout action has been best for boaters in the Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts. Controlled drifting with a three-way bottom bouncing rig and egg sacs, trout beads, shiners, Kwikfish and Mag Lips lures works well. Shore anglers are doing well at Artpark, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting spoons and spinners from docks at Fort Niagara is also producing some trout catches. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action (catch & release/ artificals only) in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there is a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. The New York Power Authority has closed its fishing platform in the Niagara Gorge. This includes stairway access along Upper Mountain Road in Lewiston behind the Upper Mountain Road Fire Company. In addition, the stairs that lead to the shoreline of Devil’s Hole are already closed due to serious erosion issues. A new number has been established to allow for regular updates. Call 286-6662 to find out the status of the fishing platform. 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:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Trout are in the larger tribs and that signals the demise of the lake fishing. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Many of the tributaries off Lake Ontario have been fighting a little slush in the morning with the colder weather this week. If there is an issue, the streams have been opening a bit more by the afternoon when things warm up. The water has been high and lightly stained due to snow melt. This is perfect for big fish to move throughout the creek systems and feed in a post spawn manner. Bug streamers have been working well for fly fisherman targeting browns. Other baits that are working are beads, egg sacs and jigs. Steelhead are moving into the creeks in better numbers as well. You still must move around to seek out active fish. Fishing pressure continues to be down due to hunting seasons. Fishing on the Lake Ontario tributaries is now primarily for a mix of brown trout and steelhead, although the odd fresh salmon can still surprise you. Atlantic salmon are a possible catch at Oak Orchard Creek as well. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass (catch & release/artificals only) are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds. Those new to tributary salmon fishing see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The fishing has been decent at Chautauqua Lake. Smaller sized walleye have moved into the deeper holes, while the larger fish patrol the edges of the same areas. Vertical jigging programs work well. Try a black hair jig tipped off with a nightcrawler. Trolling with three colors of lead core line towing Hot-N-Tots at the southern end of the lake has also been productive. The yellow perch bite near shore continues to be steady. Earlier in the week some skim ice was forming in the channels but not enough to think “hard water”. It might pay to check these areas for a return of the crappie. In the event of a few calm days returning, it might be worth your while to try fishing or trolling the shallows by Van Buren. Remember muskellunge and regular black bass seasons close on November 30. However, anglers may still target bass by catch and release only, artificial lures only. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams have moderate-high, clear flows. Smaller nymphs and buggers will work well. Fly anglers can also, see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners.  If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Waiting for ice. Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: Waiting for ice. The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Waiting for ice. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: Waiting for ice. It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Waiting for ice. The walleye bite has slowed but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES:  Waiting for ice. Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Largemouth bass (catch & release/artificials only) 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. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season remains 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: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lower lake temps are down into the low 40s.  Lake trout now have run of the entire lake from shallow to deep and everywhere in between.  Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. 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. Look for largemouth bass (catch & release) on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from shore with the time-tested marshmallow and worm rig. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 20 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. Remember bass are catch & release/artificals only. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 15 - 35 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. No catch reports on pickerel. Access note: the DEC launch has been closed for the season. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass (catch & 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. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky (open until March 15) are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits 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. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths (catch & release)are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good/high fishing shape. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR:  Waiting for ice. Try for smallmouths (keeper season has ended) along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. Try shore fishing for perch and crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Many waiting for ice. Action should be had lake fishing. 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: Waiting for ice. Boat traffic has all but disappeared from Oneida Lake with the cold and snow.  The shore bite has slowed but a few walleye are being picked up casting sticks from shore around dusk and dawn. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that is the demise of much of the lake fishing. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. The browns and steelhead are still in Maxwell Creek, and there is a decent flow of water. You can fish either side of Lake Road. The south side has some nice pools considering Maxwell is one of the smaller streams. You can spin cast, fly rod, or center-pin for browns. Some steelhead have also been caught in Maxwell. The bait is the usual mix, nothing elaborate. You can drop shot some egg sacs under a torpedo bobber. Throw it out and let if drift down the stream. Bright beads are also working. There are also some browns coming out of Salmon Creek in Pultneyville. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated fair-good. Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs but bass season is closed so remember to return your catch. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows. On Sodus and Port Bay, perch are starting to school with some nice 12-inch fish hitting off the two points in the middle of the bays. They are also catching some nice bluegills and crappies at the south end of Port Bay. Just use small jigs with spikes. For the perch use 2-inch Power Bait…shad or minnow colors. On the Canal wide waters anglers are catching perch, 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:  Anglers are mainly waiting for ice. Open water - fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fair numbers of fish are in the river and being caught at the falls. Inland you can try panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds but some reports are coming from Irondequoit Bay. Mostly small, you have to search for size. (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: Fishing has been up and down lately. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river. A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads. Anglers have been getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool, Pineville, Longbridge/Staircase, Black Hole and DSR. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. A reminder - the Upper Fly Section season closed November 30. 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: Float fishing with beads is a great way to catch steelhead and brown trout in the Oswego River this time of year. Plenty of eggs in the river right now as kings and browns are spawning. Marabou jigs are starting to produce some trout also, but eggs are a hot ticket until the kings and browns are finished spawning. Besides fishing the upper half of the river (Utica Bridge to the Varick Dam) for trout and salmon right now, the lower half of the river (Utica Bridge to the mouth) is underutilized for how many fish can hold there. Downstream of the Rte. 104 bridge on both sides of the river can be very good fishing when the water is high for trout from now through the spring. In addition to using egg sacs or beads, anglers do well with stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs in the lower section of the river. More information for anglers is available at Fishing for Pacific Salmon.

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 running high. Once it settles, the fishing should be good for smallmouth bass and walleye. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters (catch & release). For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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NOVEMBER 2019

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

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15?/20)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass trophy (20 inch +) season (>6/14/20)

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

12 - Joint meeting of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association and the Niagara County Fisheries Development Board at North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst, NY. (7:00 pm) Tentative guest speaker will be Steve Hurst, Chief of the Bureau of Fisheries for DEC.

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

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TIP: REMINDER: November 30 (Tomorrow) - End of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Black Bass and Muskellunge. The Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season remains open until December 15. Bass Season in western Finger Lakes (Seneca Lake and west) and Tiger Musky Season in Otisco Lake remain open until March 15, 2020.

 

TIP 2: There must be a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device must be worn by all persons on board any vessel, personal watercraft (PWC) (under 21’), canoe, kayaks and rowboats while they are underway, from November 1 to May 1. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide.

 

TIP 3: Many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So plan accordingly; some DEC docks that have been removed are; Port Byron (Seneca River) and Bonstead Road (Oneida River).

 

LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 50-70 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 70-80 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point. One angler found the perch in 61-63 feet of water and the key was finding the bait. If you can find bait, you’ll find the perch. He was fishing straight off Crystal Beach on the mud flats. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Remember as of December 1st the limit is 1 fish at least 20 inches long to be a keeper. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All streams are running high and stained at report time. Without additional precipitation, the smaller streams and gorge section of Chautauqua Creek could be ready at some point on Saturday. Anglers should have more fishable options by Sunday. Steelhead were previously spread throughout the Lake Erie tributaries' reaches. With the current high water event, look for presence of fresh steelhead in the lower sections of creeks. Fly anglers typically target steelhead by drifting egg patterns, trout beads, nymphs and woolly buggers or by swinging streamers. Egg sacs, trout beads, pink plastic worms and jigs are common offerings by spinning or center pin drifters. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Decent numbers of walleye are showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters are in good fishing shape at report time. Boat and shore anglers have seen a good trout bite this past week. Catches have consisted of a mix of steelhead, lake trout and brown trout from both boat and shore. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will reopen on January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Trout action has been best for boaters in the Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts. Controlled drifting with a three-way bottom bouncing rig and egg sacs, trout beads, shiners, Kwikfish and Mag Lips lures works well. Shore anglers are doing well at Artpark, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting spoons and spinners from docks at Fort Niagara is also producing some trout catches. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action (catch & release/ artificals only) in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. The New York Power Authority has announced the seasonal closure of its popular fishing platform in the Niagara Gorge will take place at the end of the day Nov. 30. This includes stairway access along Upper Mountain Road in Lewiston behind the Upper Mountain Road Fire Company. In addition, the stairs that lead to the shoreline of Devil’s Hole is already closed due to serious erosion issues. A new number has been established to allow for regular updates. Call 286-6662 to find out if the fishing platform is open. 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:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Trout are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of the lake fishing. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Oak Orchard Creek anglers are catching a mix of brown trout and steelhead, with the occasion Atlantic salmon or king salmon mixed in. Canal water releases and snowmelt have sustained slightly higher and stained flows at Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Eighteenmile anglers are catching a decent mix of brown trout and steelhead. Most of the other small to medium sized streams are running at moderate to slightly high levels with a heavy stain. There has recently been a good trout bite on Johnson Creek, which currently has moderate flow with a slight stain. Smaller streams such as Twelvemile and Keg Creeks have lower flow and icy conditions. Anglers have been catching trout and  salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass (catch & release/artificals only) are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds. Those new to tributary salmon fishing see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The fishing has been decent at Chautauqua Lake. Smaller sized walleye have moved into the deeper holes, while the larger fish patrol the edges of the same areas. Vertical jigging programs work well. Try a black hair jig tipped off with a nightcrawler.

Trolling with three colors of lead core line towing Hot-N-Tots at the southern end of the lake has also been productive. The yellow perch bite near shore continues to be steady. Earlier in the week some skim ice was forming in the channels but the warmer temperature has removed that situation. It might pay to check these areas for a return of the crappie. In the event of a few calm days returning, it might be worth your while to try fishing or trolling the shallows by Van Buren.

(See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams have moderate, clear flows. Smaller nymphs and buggers will work well. Fly anglers can also, see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners.  If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: Try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. Largemouth bass (catch & release/artificials only)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. Try for bluegills using worms, rubber worms, crabs and spinnerbaits. Also try for yellow perch with minnows fished in 15 fow. Crappies are hitting small minnows and jigs. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season remains 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: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lower lake temps are down into the low 40s.  Lake trout now have run of the entire lake from shallow to deep and everywhere in between.  Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. 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. Look for largemouth bass (catch & release) on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from shore with the time-tested marshmallow and worm rig. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 20 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. Remember bass are catch & release/artificals only. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 15 - 35 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. No catch reports on pickerel. Access note: the DEC launch has been closed for the season. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Weather permitting, lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 50 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 60 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore out to 20 feet of water should produce some smallmouth bass (catch & 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. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky (open until March 15) are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits 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. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths (catch & release)are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good/high fishing shape. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

 

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

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Good action should be had lake fishing. 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: Boat traffic has all but disappeared from Oneida Lake with the cold and snow.  The shore bite remains solid for those casting sticks from shore around dusk and dawn.  Also, we are getting solid reports still coming in from the wall, especially in the early morning.  We have a while yet, but many are just waiting for the ice to come. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that is the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. The browns and steelhead are still in Maxwell Creek, and there is a decent flow of water. You can fish either side of Lake Road. The south side has some nice pools considering Maxwell is one of the smaller streams. You can spin cast, fly rod, or center-pin for browns. Some steelhead have also been caught in Maxwell. The bait is the usual mix, nothing elaborate. You can drop shot some egg sacs under a torpedo bobber. Throw it out and let if drift down the stream. Bright beads are also working. There are also some browns coming out of Salmon Creek in Pultneyville. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated fair-good. Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs but bass season closes tomorrow so remember to return your catch. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows. On Sodus and Port Bay, perch are starting to school with some nice 12-inch fish hitting off the two points in the middle of the bays. They are also catching some nice bluegills and crappies at the south end of Port Bay. Just use small jigs with spikes. For the perch use 2-inch Power Bait…shad or minnow colors. On the Canal wide waters anglers are catching perch, 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:  Fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fair numbers of fish are in the river and being caught at the falls. Inland you can try panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds but some reports are coming from Irondequoit Bay. Mostly small, you have to search for size. (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: Fishing has been up and down lately. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river. A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads  The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. A reminder - the Upper Fly Section season dates are April 1 through November 30, so it will be closing tomorrow. 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: Float fishing with beads is a great way to catch steelhead and brown trout in the Oswego River this time of year. Plenty of eggs in the river right now as kings and browns are spawning. Marabou jigs are starting to produce some trout also, but eggs are a hot ticket until the kings and browns are finished spawning. Besides fishing the upper half of the river (Utica Bridge to the Varick Dam) for trout and salmon right now, the lower half of the river (Utica Bridge to the mouth) is underutilized for how many fish can hold there. Downstream of the Rte. 104 bridge on both sides of the river can be very good fishing when the water is high for trout from now through the spring. In addition to using egg sacs or beads, anglers do well with stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs in the lower section of the river. More information for anglers is available at Fishing for Pacific Salmon.

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 running high. Once it settles, the fishing should be good for smallmouth bass and walleye. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

Western New York Trout Stockings: Between October 17th and 24th, DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (12"-24") and 245 rainbow trout (18"-28"); Red House Lake received 605 brown trout (12"-18"); Allen Lake received 170 brook trout (12"-18"), 50 brown trout (12") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Harwood Lake received 225 brown trout (12"-24"); Case Lake received 660 brook trout (12"-18"), 280 brown trout (12"-24") and 170 rainbow trout (22"-28"); New Albion Lake received 250 brown trout (12"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Genesee River received 600 brown trout (12"-24") and 300 rainbow trout (22"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

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

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15?/20)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass trophy (20 inch +) season (>6/14/20)

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

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*TIP: REMINDER: November 30 - End of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Black Bass and the end of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season. Bass Season in western Finger Lakes (Seneca Lake and west) remains open until March 15, 2020.

 

*TIP 2: There must be a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device must be worn by all persons on board any vessel, personal watercraft (PWC) (under 21’), canoe, kayaks and rowboats while they are underway, from November 1 to May 1. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide.

 

*TIP 3: Many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So plan accordingly; some DEC docks that have been removed are; Port Byron (Seneca River) and Bonstead Road (Oneida River).

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 50-70 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 70-80 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point.. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 50-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: All streams are running high and stained at report time. Without additional precipitation, the smaller streams and gorge section of Chautauqua Creek could be ready at some point on Saturday. Anglers should have more fishable options by Sunday. Steelhead were previously spread throughout the Lake Erie tributaries' reaches. With the current high water event, look for presence of fresh steelhead in the lower sections of creeks. Fly anglers typically target steelhead by drifting egg patterns, trout beads, nymphs and woolly buggers or by swinging streamers. Egg sacs, trout beads, pink plastic worms and jigs are common offerings by spinning or center pin drifters. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river anglers have another week to target musky before the season closes after November 30. Target muskie by casting large stickbaits or by drifting and jigging large shiners or large (8"-10") tube jigs. Trolling around the outer Buffalo Harbor and breakwall gaps can produce a muskie catch as well. In addition anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Bass fishing has been very good there as well.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters are in good fishing shape at report time, however today's winds may cloud the waters a bit. Boat and shore anglers have seen a good trout bite this past week. Catches have consisted of a mix of steelhead, lake trout and brown trout from both boat and shore. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will reopen on January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Trout action has been best for boaters in the Devils Hole, Artpark and Coast Guard drifts. Controlled drifting with a three-way bottom bouncing rig and egg sacs, trout beads, shiners, Kwikfish and Mag Lips lures works well. Shore anglers are doing well at Artpark, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting spoons and spinners from docks at Fort Niagara is also producing some trout catches. Water levels have receded and the NYPA fishing platform has been reopened. The NYPA fishing platform typically closes on December 1st or with the onset of ice and snow. Call 716-796-0135 extension 45 for updates on platform. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Trout are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: As frigid temperatures moved out, the trout bite picked up at Oak Orchard Creek. Oak anglers are catching a mix of brown trout and steelhead, with the occasion Atlantic salmon or king salmon mixed in. Canal water releases and snowmelt have sustained slightly higher and stained flows at Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks. Eighteenmile anglers are catching a decent mix of brown trout and steelhead. Most of the other small to medium sized streams are running at moderate to slightly high levels with a heavy stain. There has recently been a good trout bite on Johnson Creek, which currently has moderate flow with a slight stain. Smaller streams such as Twelvemile and Keg Creeks have lower flow and icy conditions. Anglers have been catching trout and  salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds.  Those new to tributary salmon fishing see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye prospects are good in the north basin at depths of 25-50 feet around the deeper holes. Vertical jigging programs work well. Try a black hair jig tipped off with a nightcrawler.

Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Musky anglers are trolling the protected bay areas in the South end of the lake before the musky season ends at the end of the month. Some canals were producing crappie and yellow perch catches before skimming over with ice. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams have moderate, clear flows. Smaller nymphs and buggers will work well. Fly anglers can also, see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners.  If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lower lake temps are down into the low 40s.  Lake trout now have run of the entire lake from shallow to deep and everywhere in between.  Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. 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. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from shore with the time-tested marshmallow and worm rig. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 20 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 15 - 35 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. No catch reports on pickerel. Access note: the DEC launch has been closed for the season. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits 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. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good/high fishing shape. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: Boat traffic has all but disappeared from Oneida Lake with the cold and snow.  The shore bite remains solid for those casting sticks from shore around dusk and dawn.  Also, we are getting solid reports still coming in from the wall, especially in the early morning.  We have a while yet, but many are just waiting for the ice to come. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. The browns are still in Maxwell Creek, and there is a decent flow of water. You can fish either side of Lake Road. The south side has some nice pools considering Maxwell is one of the smaller streams. You can spin cast, fly rod, or center-pin for browns. Some steelhead have also been caught in Maxwell. The bait is the usual mix, nothing elaborate. You can drop shot some egg sacs under a torpedo bobber. Throw it out and let if drift down the stream. Bright beads are also working. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated fair-good. Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. On Port Bay, perch are starting to school with some nice 12-inch fish hitting off the two points in the middle of the bay. They are also catching some nice bluegills and crappies at the south end of the bay. Just use small jigs with spikes. For the perch use 2-inch Power Bait…shad or minnow colors. On the Canal wide waters anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fair numbers of fish are in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: Fishing has been up and down lately. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river. A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads  The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. A reminder - the Upper Fly Section season dates are April 1 through November 30, so it will be closing soon. 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: Float fishing with beads is a great way to catch steelhead and brown trout in the Oswego River this time of year. Plenty of eggs in the river right now as kings and browns are spawning. Marabou jigs are starting to produce some trout also, but eggs are a hot ticket until the kings and browns are finished spawning. Besides fishing the upper half of the river (Utica Bridge to the Varick Dam) for trout and salmon right now, the lower half of the river (Utica Bridge to the mouth) is underutilized for how many fish can hold there. Downstream of the Rte. 104 bridge on both sides of the river can be very good fishing when the water is high for trout from now through the spring. In addition to using egg sacs or beads, anglers do well with stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs in the lower section of the river. More information for anglers is available at Fishing for Pacific Salmon.

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 running high. Once it settles, the fishing should be good for smallmouth bass and walleye. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

Western New York Trout Stockings: Between October 17th and 24th, DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (12"-24") and 245 rainbow trout (18"-28"); Red House Lake received 605 brown trout (12"-18"); Allen Lake received 170 brook trout (12"-18"), 50 brown trout (12") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Harwood Lake received 225 brown trout (12"-24"); Case Lake received 660 brook trout (12"-18"), 280 brown trout (12"-24") and 170 rainbow trout (22"-28"); New Albion Lake received 250 brown trout (12"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Genesee River received 600 brown trout (12"-24") and 300 rainbow trout (22"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

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

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15?/20)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass trophy (20 inch +) season (>6/14/20)

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

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TIP: Go Big: By the time fall rolls around, all of the little fish that were born in the spring and summer have grown up a little. Because anglers should always use a lure that, at least, imitates the size of the primary forage, larger lures make sense in the fall. The other reason to use larger baits in the fall is because the walleyes are feeding heavily to get ready for winter and--female walleyes in particular--are eating so they can nourish the eggs growing in their bodies.
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Tip #2: Reminder: November 30 - End of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Black Bass and the end of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

TIP #3: There must be a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device must be worn by all persons on board any vessel, personal watercraft (PWC) (under 21’), canoe, kayaks and rowboats while they are underway, from November 1 to May 1. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide.

TIP # 4: Many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So plan accordingly; some DEC docks that have been removed are; Port Byron (Seneca River) and Bonstead Road (Oneida River).

LAKE ERIE: Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 50-70 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 70-80 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point.. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 50-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: After a push of fresh steelhead, fishing was decent to good on most streams through last weekend. By most accounts, caught steelhead have been on the larger side this season. The bite slowed as frigid temperatures set in. However, there are now decent numbers of steelhead scattered throughout the Lake Erie tributaries' reaches. Cattaraugus Creek is currently running slightly high and stained, but is fishable. All other streams are currently in good to prime fishing shape. Fly anglers typically target steelhead by drifting egg patterns, trout beads, nymphs and woolly buggers or by swinging streamers. Egg sacs, trout beads, pink plastic worms and jigs are common offerings by spinning or center pin drifters. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river anglers have a couple more weeks to target musky before the season closes after November 30. Target muskie by casting large stickbaits or by drifting and jigging large shiners or large (8"-10") tube jigs. Trolling around the outer Buffalo Harbor and breakwall gaps can produce a muskie catch as well. In addition anglers can catch a variety of warmwater species at sites throughout the upper Niagara River. Good numbers of smallmouth bass are available around the Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. Time of day is key. Focus on early morning or later afternoon/early evening. Crabs and golden shiners are the best live baits for bass. Decent numbers of walleye are also showing around the head of the river down to at least Strawberry Island. Catches of bass, yellow perch, sheepshead and sunfish are common at shore sites. White bass sometimes show as well. Anglers are catching some walleye at night along Unity Island and off Broderick Park. Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up for boaters drifting with tube jigs. Worm harnesses, minnows and swim baits also work well. Bass fishing has been very good there as well.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river waters were back in good fishing shape at mid-week and the trout bite has been good since. Shore anglers fishing at the State Parks in the gorge are mostly catching steelhead and lake trout, along with a few brown trout and the very occasional Atlantic salmon. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Casting spoons and spinners from shore at Fort Niagara is also producing some trout catches. At report time, the NYPA fishing platform was closed due to icy conditions. Call 716-796-0135 extension 45 for updates on platform. Boaters working the Devils Hole drift are catching a mix of steelhead and lake trout. The Fort Niagara drift has been producing catches of brown trout. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sacs, flatfish style lures or shiners works well for boaters. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will reopen on January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks are currently running slightly high and stained, with about two feet of visibility. The sustained slightly high flows are likely influenced by draining of Erie Canal. Expected snowmelt next week will continue to sustain flows. Since last weekend, fishing has generally been decent on these creeks, although some anglers have struggled. Catches have mainly been a mix of steelhead and brown trout. Most of the remaining Chinook salmon have been quite moldy, however a smaller fresh pod of salmon showed up at Burt Dam on Saturday. Perhaps more salmon could still show up. Anglers at the Oak also report the occasional Atlantic salmon catch. There has recently been a good trout bite on Johnson Creek, which currently has moderate flow with a slight stain. Smaller streams such as Twelvemile and Keg Creeks have lower flow and icy conditions. Anglers have been catching trout and salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds. Those new to tributary salmon fishing see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for more information.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are to be had in the deep waters off Long Point, Burtis Bay and Lighthouse Point. Anglers are doing well when deep drop off and shelves are found in 20-plus feet of water with a black hair jig tipped off with a nightcrawler. The tip of the week is, mature “eyes” seem to like the bait tight to the bottom structure with a short jigging action.
Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Musky anglers are trolling the protected bay areas in the South end of the lake before the musky season ends at the end of the month. Not a lot of activity in the channels lately. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-high flows. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

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

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CAYUGA LAKE: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for trout and salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year perch so keep moving around until you mark these schools of perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from shore with the time-tested marshmallow and worm rig. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers. Fishing tube baits, wacky rigged stickworms, jerkbaits or drop-shot rigs in 10 to 20 foot of water is working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at 15 - 35 feet. Also keep an eye out for an improving walleye bite. No catch reports on pickerel. Access note: the DEC launch has been closed for the season. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

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

OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits 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. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good/high fishing shape. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

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

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

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

ONEIDA LAKE: Boat traffic has all but disappeared from Oneida Lake with the cold and snow. The hardcore anglers on Oneida Lake are reporting excellent catches of perch, walleye and bass in 22 to 26 FOW on blade baits. The shore bite remains solid for those casting sticks from shore around dusk and dawn. Also, we are getting solid reports still coming in from the wall, especially in the early morning. We have a while yet, but many are just waiting for the ice to come. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ; Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. The browns are still in Maxwell Creek, and there is a decent flow of water. You can fish either side of Lake Road. The south side has some nice pools considering Maxwell is one of the smaller streams. You can spin cast, fly rod, or center-pin for browns. Some steelhead have also been caught in Maxwell. The bait is the usual mix, nothing elaborate. You can drop shot some egg sacs under a torpedo bobber. Throw it out and let if drift down the stream. Bright green beads are also working. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, perch are starting to school with some nice 12-inch fish hitting off the two points in the middle of the bay.
They are also catching some nice bluegills and crappies at the south end of the bay. Just use small jigs with spikes. For the perch use 2-inch Power Bait…shad or minnow colors. Pike, too, are at the south end. On the Canal wide waters anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fair numbers of fish are in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SALMON RIVER: Fishing on the Salmon River has been up and down lately. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river. A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. A reminder - the Upper Fly Section season dates are April 1 through November 30, so it will be closing soon. 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: Float fishing with beads is a great way to catch steelhead and brown trout in the Oswego River this time of year. Plenty of eggs in the river right now as kings and browns are spawning. Marabou jigs are starting to produce some trout also, but eggs are a hot ticket until the kings and browns are finished spawning. Besides fishing the upper half of the river (Utica Bridge to the Varick Dam) for trout and salmon right now, the lower half of the river (Utica Bridge to the mouth) is underutilized for how many fish can hold there. Downstream of the Rte. 104 bridge on both sides of the river can be very good fishing when the water is high for trout from now through the spring. In addition to using egg sacs or beads, anglers do well with stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs in the lower section of the river. More information for anglers is available at Fishing for Pacific Salmon.
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 running high. Once it settles, the fishing should be good for smallmouth bass and walleye. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)
The first ice report for the area goes to Dryden Lake in Tompkins County. But don’t get too excited, it’s less than an inch.
Western New York Trout Stockings: Between October 17th and 24th, DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (12"-24") and 245 rainbow trout (18"-28"); Red House Lake received 605 brown trout (12"-18"); Allen Lake received 170 brook trout (12"-18"), 50 brown trout (12") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Harwood Lake received 225 brown trout (12"-24"); Case Lake received 660 brook trout (12"-18"), 280 brown trout (12"-24") and 170 rainbow trout (22"-28"); New Albion Lake received 250 brown trout (12"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Genesee River received 600 brown trout (12"-24") and 300 rainbow trout (22"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

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

NOVEMBER 2019
1-30 - Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)
15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)
15 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)
16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required. All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)
30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass
30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

 

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*TIP: CARP AND FLY FISHING. Those are two words you likely never thought you'd see together. But believe it or not, carp fishing on the fly is an extremely popular, if niche, way of carp angling. Yeah, a carp isn't quite as beautiful as big rainbow trout. But few other fish are going to give the battle a 10- or 20-pound carp will on a fly rod.

Carp fishing flies are generally bulkier than what you'd use for other game fish species. Patterns like the Woolly Bugger or other large insect flies are what you'll find most fly anglers using. One thing to keep in mind with fly fishing for carp is that they require a much slower presentation than you'd normally use. Remember that carp aren't fast and aggressive unless they need to be.

Chasing carp on a fly will certainly test your patience, but the reward of catching such an unusual species with fly tackle is hard to beat. No wonder this type of fishing is taking off so quickly. (https://www.wideopenspaces.com/carp-fishing-tips-for-the-uninitiated/?utm_source=wideopen&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wos_daily&utm_content=%7B%7BEXTERNAL+%60https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wideopenmediagroup.com%2Fgetresponse%2F%3Fsite=wos%26articlenumber=1%26type=title%60%7D%7D)

 

*TIP # 2: DEC PUBLIC MEETINGS to present “the latest science that will help guide the state and the Province of Ontario to determine the trout and salmon stocking levels for 2020.” Remaining meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 13: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County.

Thursday, Nov. 14: 6:30 - 9 p.m.: This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3

 

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

 

*TIP # 4: November 11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

 

*TIP # 5: Many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So plan accordingly; some DEC docks that have been removed are; Port Byron (Seneca River) and Bonstead Road (Oneida River).

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 50-70 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 70-80 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point.. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 50-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rain and runoff brought area stream levels up again, greatly expanding steelhead fishing options. Pods of steelhead have been moving in and all of the popular Erie tributaries are now producing some catches. Anglers have been fishing Cattaraugus Creek for the past month, with scattered steelhead reported up through Gowanda. On all other streams, steelhead have just recently started to migrate in earnest, so the lower sections are a better bet for catches. Downsize baits, lines and move stealthily if fishing those streams. The medium-sized Erie County streams have high/moderate flows at present. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: At present, lower river waters are very turbid following a bout of high winds on Lake Erie. As clarity improves, look for the bite to pick up in the slightly calmer water along the shoreline first. Most anglers are now focused on trout and shore anglers have recently reported decent action along Artpark State Park and the NYPA fishing platform. Catches have primarily been a mix of steelhead, brown and lake trout, with the occasional king salmon or walleye mixed in. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will not reopen until January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. If we see some snow and ice, there’s a good chance that the New York Power Authority fishing platform will close temporarily. Call 796-0135, Ext. 45 to find out if it’s open. 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:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Rain has all the small to medium-sized freestone streams running high and muddy for at least a couple days. The subsequent influx of trout will improve opportunity on these creeks where fishing has been relatively slow lately. Eighteenmile Creek and Oak Orchard Creek levels rose to slightly high and stained overnight, but they remain fishable. Levels have peaked and should now slowly recede with clarity improving through the weekend. Fishing on each creek had improved over the past week, with fresh pods of fish pushing up. Anglers reported catching decent to good numbers of brown trout, steelhead and king salmon. The remaining salmon are a mix of fresh and moldy fish. Anglers have been catching trout and  salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites, with best catches coming from the Wilson pier. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds. 

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The channels are loaded with panfish including yellow perch and crappie. Musky fishing has picked up at the southern end of the lake, casting jerkbaits tight to the weedlines.  There has been some nocturnal walleye action along the shore line for anglers casting stick baits. Offshore fishing on Chautauqua Lake has anglers taking walleye vertical jigging around the deeper holes in the north basin. Use No. 9 jigging raps, Snap Raps, Flat raps and Gotchas in 30 to 50 feet of water. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill.  (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-high flows. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

For tiger muskies, cast jerkbaits, chatterbaits, or spinnerbaits around the weedbeds on the north end and along shore. Largemouth bass can be found in the weedbeds while fishing with Texas-rigged baits or by working jigs or rubber worms in the 10- to 15-foot zone on the edge of weeds. Tiger muskies are also being caught on these same baits by anglers targeting bass, so don’t be surprised if you hook into something big or get bit off.

If you catch a tiger muskie that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color), do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to fwfish7@dec.ny.gov or call 607-753-3095, ext. 213, to report your catch.

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good/high fishing shape. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: There’s some good fishing to be found. Bass are in the shallows (5 – 15 feet) with tubes being effective. Bass guys are also reporting that they are getting a nice mix with walleye and pickerel as well. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. With the cooler temperatures the night walleye bite has picked up. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a suggested application for walleye this time of year. If you are still interested in fishing the deeper waters for them, worm harnesses, blade baits, and stickbaits are suggested baits to try. Keep an eye out for debris and high water conditions. For views around the lake go to: Chapman Park - https://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7300 ;  Sylvan Beach - http://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/ and North Shore - http://oneidalakeview.com/webcams/oneida+lake+view/first.  (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Weather permitting, the lake is still providing some fishing but reports are limited. Salmon are entering the larger tribs and that signals the demise of much of the lake fishing. There is some smallmouth action found in the shallows. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. The browns are still in Maxwell Creek, and there is a decent flow of water. You can fish either side of Lake Road. The south side has some nice pools considering Maxwell is one of the smaller streams. You can spin cast, fly rod, or center-pin for browns. Some steelhead have also been caught in Maxwell. The bait is the usual mix, nothing elaborate. You can drop shot some egg sacs under a torpedo bobber. Throw it out and let if drift down the stream. Bright green beads are also working. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, perch are starting to school with some nice 12-inch fish hitting off the two points in the middle of the bay.

They are also catching some nice bluegills and crappies at the south end of the bay. Just use small jigs with spikes. For the perch use 2-inch Power Bait…shad or minnow colors. Pike, too, are at the south end. On the Canal wide waters anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Good numbers of fish are moving in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: Fishing on the Salmon River has been up and down lately. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads  The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: The rain brought in new fish but anglers are anglers are having access problems getting to them. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. Chartreuse beads have been working well and marabou jigs enticed a couple browns as well. Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so. More information for anglers is available at Fishing for Pacific Salmon.

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 running high. Once it settles, the fishing should be good for smallmouth bass and walleye. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

Western New York Trout Stockings: Between October 17th and 24th, DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (12"-24") and 245 rainbow trout (18"-28"); Red House Lake received 605 brown trout (12"-18"); Allen Lake received 170 brook trout (12"-18"), 50 brown trout (12") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Harwood Lake received 225 brown trout (12"-24"); Case Lake received 660 brook trout (12"-18"), 280 brown trout (12"-24") and 170 rainbow trout (22"-28"); New Albion Lake received 250 brown trout (12"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Genesee River received 600 brown trout (12"-24") and 300 rainbow trout (22"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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NOVEMBER

9 – Invasive Species of Onondaga Lake Talk and Walk at Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way Syracuse, NY. (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is proud to welcome Ben Zimmerman, Branch Manager at Applied Ecological Services, for a presentation about invasive plant identification and management at Onondaga Lake followed by a short walk along the lake shoreline. (Fee: $5/person, $15/family. Please bring exact change or a check to the event). (For information/register email montezuma@audubon.org with the subject line "Onondaga Lake" or call 315.365.3588 by November 7. Space is limited and registration is required.)

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

12 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the West Carthage Fire Hall, 61 High Street, West Carthage, NY.  (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

13 - Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Wayne County Cornell Coop Extension, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share information on funding and resources, key project updates and collaborative opportunities relevant to sub basin work plans and discuss progress of EBM demonstration area watersheds and identify next steps. (For information contact Emily Sheridan at 315-785-2382 or email Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov,)

13 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

14 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Tinker Nature Park, Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

14 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC.  This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3. Upon joining the meeting, the caller will be prompted to connect to audio using their computer. Those who prefer to connect to audio via phone may do so by calling this toll free number: 1-844-633-8697, access code: 641 790 213. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

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

15 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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TIP: FISHING TIPS FOR NORTHERN PIKE: When you go to pick a lure make sure you get one with a lot of flash and go by the phrase ‘bigger is better’. Pike can and will hit on a big lure, don’t be afraid to use them because they are big and you don’t think you’ll catch anything with it

For example: Try a large jointed floating Rapala, one that is 6-9 inches and is a deep runner.. For some reason, pike are generally attracted more to the jointed Rapalas than the not jointed ones. I have found this to be true from experience.

Things you can try are:

1. trolling with a spinner bait, spoon, Rapala

2. If legal in your area! Put a hook through a small bluegill, perch, crappie, or shad on a big bobber and cast it along a weed line. You can always use pike minnows for live bait.

3. Try spoons (ex. red devils). This is probably the most popular way to catch pike.

4. Plastics that you would normally use for bass. I have caught many northern on these while going for bass.

5. When there are lily pads around or moss on top of water, throw a frog. I prefer a yum buzz frog. It is an amazing lure. I have tried two colors of these so far and they work wonders. (Carolina pumpkin/yellow and watermelon red flake.) You can get them almost anywhere that sells Yum products. Also buy some Gamagatsu size 4 offset hooks. Make sure the point of the hook is on TOP of the frog not underneath. These will work best in the morning or evening in non-vegetation areas or anytime during the day in heavy vegetation areas.

6. If fishing from shore I would fish the 6-8 feet deep part of a channel.

As for a steel leader, They do take away action from the lure. You need to decide if you’d rather have more action (which brings in more bites) or less action(wobble) and also less chance that a fish will bite through your line. Just a matter of preference. You WILL catch pike either way but, you’ll be more likely to catch them without the leader.

(From Sportsmen’s Paradice Online http://blog.sportsmansparadiseonline.com/2009/07/29/35/ )

 

TIP # 2: DEC PUBLIC MEETINGS to present “the latest science that will help guide the state and the Province of Ontario to determine the trout and salmon stocking levels for 2020.” Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester, Monroe County.

Thursday, Nov. 7: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, Oswego County.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County.

Thursday, Nov. 14: 6:30 - 9 p.m.: This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3

 

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

 

TIP # 4: November 11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

 

NO FISHING UPDATE THIS WEEK. LAST WEEK’S REPORT IS STILL IN EFFECT.

 

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NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2-3 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) (For information call Daniel Johnson at 716-938-9749.)

3 – Tim Wittek Memorial Tournament hosted by the Niagara Musky Association, held on the upper Niagara River. (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) You must be a club member to participate. This is a catch and release event. (Cost: $25.00) (For information call Scott McKee at 225-3816.)

6 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester, Monroe County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

7 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC at the Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, Oswego County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

9 – Invasive Species of Onondaga Lake Talk and Walk at Honeywell’s Onondaga Lake Visitors Center, 280 Restoration Way Syracuse, NY. (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps is proud to welcome Ben Zimmerman, Branch Manager at Applied Ecological Services, for a presentation about invasive plant identification and management at Onondaga Lake followed by a short walk along the lake shoreline. (Fee: $5/person, $15/family. Please bring exact change or a check to the event). (For information/register email montezuma@audubon.org with the subject line "Onondaga Lake" or call 315.365.3588 by November 7. Space is limited and registration is required.)

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

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

 

TIP # 2: DEC PUBLIC MEETINGS to present “the latest science that will help guide the state and the Province of Ontario to determine the trout and salmon stocking levels for 2020.” Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 6: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) campus in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester, Monroe County.

Thursday, Nov. 7: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, Oswego County.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: 6:30 - 9 p.m., Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County.

Thursday, Nov. 14: 6:30 - 9 p.m.: This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3

 

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

 

LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 65-85 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 75-90 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing has been hit or miss out of Cattaraugus Creek lately, with good catches one day and a struggle the next. Depths of 50-60 feet of water is a good starting point. There have been some quality catches off Sturgeon Point in around 60 feet of water, with at least one group limiting out. However, you may have to launch at another location as the sand bar continues to grow at the mouth of the harbor. Best to call ahead. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 50-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Rain and runoff brought area stream levels up twice in the past week, greatly expanding steelhead fishing options. Pods of steelhead have been moving in and all of the popular Erie tributaries are now producing some catches. Anglers have been fishing Cattaraugus Creek for the past month, with scattered steelhead reported up through Gowanda. At report time, the Catt is slightly high at 460 cubic feet per second, but fishable. On all other streams, steelhead have just recently started to migrate in earnest, so the lower sections are a better bet for catches. After flows peaked on Tuesday night, the Chautauqua County streams quickly dropped back to slightly low flows by Thursday. Downsize baits, lines and move stealthily if fishing those streams. The medium-sized Erie County streams have moderate flows at present. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page. Tributary bass fishing is winding down with very few bass left in the creeks. Channel catfish are available in the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes down low in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets.

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river king salmon fishing has continued to be slow. Anglers are catching a few, but most anglers are now targeting trout. Trout numbers are building and shore anglers have recently reported some good catches from Artpark State Park and the NYPA fishing platform. Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are good shore options too. Anglers in the gorge are catching a mix of steelhead, brown trout and incidental lake trout. Be aware that lake trout season is currently closed on the lower river and will reopen on January 1st. Incidentally caught lake trout should be immediately released. Egg sacs, trout beads, egg pattern flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, or casted spoons and spinners are good trout offerings. Charter boats working the Devils Hole drift have worked hard for just a few kings. The NYPA fishing platform has also produced few salmon this week, less than expected for October. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig with cured salmon skein is the top technique. Shore anglers are picking up the occasional king salmon from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Large spoons, Vibrax spinners and cured salmon skein are good offerings. Hopefully the upcoming cold temperatures will draw more kings into the river. Boaters and shore anglers are also catching some brown trout and a few steelhead above Lewiston. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Also remember that the lake trout season is closed. If you catch one, release it quickly and unharmed. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST:  Fishing for staging king salmon has been slow and spotty. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn, but the bite near dusk can be productive too. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. There has been some decent fishing off Oak Orchard for steelhead. Gear run between 40-50 feet down works for steelhead. The night bite has reportedly been good for anglers working the waters off the piers. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors.  There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Overall, there are decent to good numbers of salmonids in Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks. However, angler effort has been very high at times, resulting in slow fishing for spooky fish. Brown trout remain the dominant catch at Eighteenmile Creek, along with fair numbers of king salmon and the occasional steelhead. Currently, Eighteenmile Creek has slightly low and clear conditions, while Oak Orchard Creek is running moderate to slightly low and clear. There are better numbers of king salmon in Oak Orchard Creek, with majority of catches coming from section immediately below dam. Oak anglers are also catching a fair mix of brown trout and steelhead, along with a few real nice Atlantic Salmon. Johnson Creek has low and clear flow with modest numbers of trout and salmon scattered in stream. Anglers have been catching the occasional king salmon from the piers at Olcott, Oak Orchard and Genesee River. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors. Decent numbers of brown trout are also showing at pier sites, with best catches coming from the Wilson pier. Northern pike and smallmouth bass are also present around piers at this time of year. Be cautious as waves can still top the piers depending on wind speed and direction. Moving up the tribs, angling pressures are moderate to light with the opening of deer season. On Lake Alice, the impoundment created by Waterport Dam, some nice bass are being picked up in 8 to 14 feet of water along diminishing weed beds. 

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The open-lake season is winding down, but good fishing prospects remain.  Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. An angler reported that his group did very well Sunday afternoon casting for walleye from shore, catching 24 walleye with only 3 shorts in the mix. Swimbaits were key to their success, while stickbaits were practically ignored. The shoreline bite may even be better after dark. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Musky fishing has picked up as water temperatures are dropping. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill.  The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. Anglers need to be aware that Duck Season opens Oct. 19, so trollers should avoid docile flocks of ducks, that could very well be a decoy spread. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-low flows. Rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CAYUGA LAKE: Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 130  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Pike fishing is also productive on the lake. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. If you do catch a tiger musky that has been tagged (the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color) do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to the fwfish7 link below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: Streams are all fishable. A few salmon and brown trout are showing up as the waters cool. Try egg sacs, beads, and small bright spoons. Pier fishing is ongoing with mixed catches being netted but keep an eye on the wind and wave action. Some nice browns are being taken from the Sodus Bay piers, casting heavy spoons. The Little Cleos have always worked or use Kastmaster spoons. They have the weight and the action. No action reported in Maxwell Creek or other tribs. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Perch are in the bays; however, they are still scattered. Try 2-inch Power Bait (emerald shiner) or small chartreuse jigs tipped with spikes. On the Canal, closing will be October 16 but the wide waters are not drained and remain open. Anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Good numbers of fish are moving in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SALMON RIVER: Fishing on the Salmon River has been up and down lately Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill.  In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool.  Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zones. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads  The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

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

Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

Western New York Trout Stockings: Between October 17th and 24th, DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in select Allegany and Cattaraugus County waters. All breeder trout are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted all year. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake received 550 brown trout (12"-24") and 245 rainbow trout (18"-28"); Red House Lake received 605 brown trout (12"-18"); Allen Lake received 170 brook trout (12"-18"), 50 brown trout (12") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Harwood Lake received 225 brown trout (12"-24"); Case Lake received 660 brook trout (12"-18"), 280 brown trout (12"-24") and 170 rainbow trout (22"-28"); New Albion Lake received 250 brown trout (12"-24") and 50 rainbow trout (22"); Genesee River received 600 brown trout (12"-24") and 300 rainbow trout (22"-28"), stocked between Wellsville and the PA line.

 

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

 

OCTOBER

25/26 - Sportsman’s Warehouses Grand Opening in Rochester at 1200 Miracle Mile Drive (Market Place Mall), Henrietta, NY and in Elmira at 830 County Road 64, Unit 17, Elmira, NY. Everyone is invited to join in the fun-filled, Grand Opening Celebrations. Give aways include a free $20 gift card and Sportsman’s Warehouse hat (one per family) if you are: One of the first 300 families to enter the store Friday, 10/25/19; and/or One of the first 300 families to enter the store on Saturday, 10/26/19. Also win door prizes and exciting giveaways from various sponsors; and receive special discounts on outdoor products and more!

 

NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2-3 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) (For information call Daniel Johnson at 716-938-9749.)

3 – Tim Wittek Memorial Tournament hosted by the Niagara Musky Association, held on the upper Niagara River. (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) You must be a club member to participate. This is a catch and release event. (Cost: $25.00) (For information call Scott McKee at 225-3816.)

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*TIP: NEW SENECA RIVER BOAT LAUNCH SITE COMPLETED: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the completion of a new boat launch site on the Seneca River, 3664 Hayes Road, Lysander, Onondaga County. The launch is one of several projects currently underway to restore public access and user engagement opportunities to Onondaga Lake.

Features of the site include:

>New concrete launch ramp and floating boarding dock to allow the launching of trailered motorboats even if water levels fluctuate;

>Designated boat preparation area for safer and more efficient launching;

>Wooden shoreline fishing platform;

>Two invasive species disposal bins; and

>Striped parking area that accommodates nine vehicles with trailers and four single vehicles.

The launch provides convenient access to the Seneca River and Onondaga Lake, which support a variety of sportfish species including large and smallmouth bass, northern pike, tiger musky, walleye, sunfish, and yellow perch. Current fishing information is available on DEC's Central New York Fishing Hotline.

 

*TIP #2: SEASON REMINDERS:

September 30 - Lake trout season closed on Lake Ontario, the lower Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River.

October 15 – Close of Regular State Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee Trout

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Weather conditions keep many anglers off Lake Erie, but when conditions permit, heading back to previously productive zones is recommended. Walleye prospects are good from Cattaraugus Creek to the PA line and limit catches are still possible. Straight out of the Catt and to the west, trollers report good walleye catches in 65-85 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 75-90 feet have been best. Anglers are catching walleye from 20 feet down to the bottom, however gear run 50-60 down has been most productive. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and spoons are good walleye offerings. Anglers fishing Dunkirk and to the west also report the occasional steelhead catch. Yellow perch fishing picked up off Sturgeon Point last weekend. One group picked up a three man limit straight out of the harbor in 56 feet of water. Other decent catches came from depths of 60-62 feet of water, and walleye trollers reported incidental perch catches in 70-75 feet of water. There have also been reports of anglers casting spoons off the City of Dunkirk Pier catching walleye while targeting trout. At the same time, perch fishing off Cattaraugus Creek was generally slow. A few boats that were able to find smaller active pods (and stay on them) did better. Depths of 50-65 feet is a good starting point. Depths of 85 feet plus have been productive for lake trout out of Dunkirk and Barcelona, with some lakers pushing 20 pounds. The best bite has typically been on spoons and flasher-fly combos run between 80 feet down and the bottom. Smallmouth bass fishing remains spotty with lighter angler effort. Target smallmouth bass around shoal and reef structure in 20-40 feet of water. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are all good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. Caution: There is a sandbar forming at the mouth of Sturgeon Point Marina, but boats were still successfully launching out of the harbor at report time. A narrow channel heading out is marked with buoys, water is 4½ to 5 foot deep.

 

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

 

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

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river king salmon fishing has been very slow over the past week. Charter boats working the Devils Hole drift have worked hard for just a few kings. The NYPA fishing platform has also produced few salmon this week, less than expected for October. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig with cured salmon skein is the top technique. Shore anglers are picking up the occasional king salmon from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Large spoons, Vibrax spinners and cured salmon skein are good offerings. Hopefully the upcoming cold temperatures will draw more kings into the river. Boaters and shore anglers are also catching some brown trout and a few steelhead above Lewiston. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Also remember that the lake trout season is closed. If you catch one, release it quickly and unharmed. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST:  Fishing for staging king salmon has been slow and spotty. There have been some better catches for boats that located pods of salmon. In general, fishing is typically best at dawn for staging salmon, but the bite near dusk can be productive too. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. There has been some decent to good fishing off Oak Orchard for steelhead and silver kings in 70-120 feet of water. Gear run between 75 feet down and the bottom works well for kings and 40-50 feet down for steelhead. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the piers. When fishing the piers at night, use blues and glows for spoon colors.  After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors.  There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

 

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

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. An angler reported that his group did very well Sunday afternoon casting for walleye from shore, catching 24 walleye with only 3 shorts in the mix. Swimbaits were key to their success, while stickbaits were practically ignored. The shoreline bite may even be better after dark. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Musky fishing has picked up as water temperatures are dropping. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill.  The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. Anglers need to be aware that Duck Season opens Oct. 19, so trollers should avoid docile flocks of ducks, that could very well be a decoy spread. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-low flows. Rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 100  feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels and they have size – up to 12 inches. On the Canal, closing will be October 16 but the wide waters are not drained and remain open. Anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Good numbers of fish are moving in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill.  In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool.  Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

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

Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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OCTOBER

 

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

23 – Public Meeting on the Clean-up of the Lower Genesee River Contamination at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY -- Kusler-Cox (Rundel) Auditorium (5:00 – 8:00 pm) DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposal to address contamination of the lower Genesee River related to discharges from Kodak operations in Rochester. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through November 15, 2019. Project documents can be reviewed at the Maplewood Public Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY. (For information go to

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

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

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

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

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

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

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river king salmon fishing has been very slow over the past week. Charter boats working the Devils Hole drift have worked hard for just a few kings. The NYPA fishing platform has also produced a few salmon this week, but numbers are less than expected for October. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig with cured salmon skein is the top technique. Shore anglers are picking up the occasional king salmon from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks. Large spoons, Vibrax spinners and cured salmon skein are good offerings. Hopefully the upcoming cold temperatures will draw more kings into the river. Boaters and shore anglers are also catching some brown trout and a few steelhead above Lewiston. Anglers report good smallmouth bass action in the lower drifts and out on the Niagara Bar. Drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and live shiners and crabs is a good tactic. Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

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

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

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. An angler reported that his group did very well Sunday afternoon casting for walleye from shore, catching 24 walleye with only 3 shorts in the mix. Swimbaits were key to their success, while stickbaits were practically ignored. The shoreline bite may even be better after dark. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Muskellunge fishing has been a bit slow lately. Look for that bite to pick up with falling water temperatures. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-low flows. Rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Anglers may see light hatches of isonychia, tricos or BWOs on some streams. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

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

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 85 – 100 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 75 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

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

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

OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

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


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


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

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

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

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

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been good. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels and they have size – up to 12 inches. On the Canal, closing will be October 16 but the wide waters are not drained and remain open. Anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Good numbers of fish are moving in the river and they are being caught at the falls. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SALMON RIVER: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

OSWEGO RIVER: The rain brought in a lot of new fish and anglers are cashing out at the Varick Dam. That’s the place to be, where there appears to be more fish than anglers. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren’t so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.
Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

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

OCTOBER

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

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

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TIP: NEW YORK'S FALL SALMON MIGRATION:

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Some walleye catches also continue in the lower river. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

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

 

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

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye are still available in the north basin along weedlines, although action is now also good at depths of 20-30 feet of water near the bottom. Around the rims of the deeper holes is worth a try also, as some walleye move into the holes in fall. Try trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. Vertical jigging works well. Muskellunge fishing has been a bit slow lately. Look for that bite to pick up with falling water temperatures. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill.  The blue gill fishing has been on fire south of Bemus Bay and yellow perch action has improved under the bridge by Cheney’s Point and DeWittville. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are at moderate-low flows. Current rains may improve the situation. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water.  No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels and they have size – up to 12 inches. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SALMON RIVER: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. On Thursday, rain showers in the morning but sunny skies peaked through in the afternoon. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill.  In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool.  Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

 

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

Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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

 

OCTOBER

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

9 - 27 - 19

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


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

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

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

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

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

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river water temperatures remain a bit warm, but king salmon are slowly moving in. Anglers are catching a few kings from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park. Drifters are just starting to catch king salmon in the Devils Hole drift. The lower river salmon run will continue to build over the next couple of weeks. The NYPA fishing platform has been the best shore spot for king salmon. Shore anglers at Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are catching some trout and the occasional king salmon. Walleye and smallmouth bass catches continue in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon soon. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

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

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

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. The musky bite has been on and off. Trolling and casting is producing fish, just not consistent. One suggestion - 8-inch and 9-inch Leo Jerkbaits. The bite should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate-low flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.
(Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

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

KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

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

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

OTISCO LAKE: A few more walleye and tiger musky are being taken with the cooling waters. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

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


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

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

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

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

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

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are slowly moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still very light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)


SALMON RIVER: It’s that time of year when the Salmon River is the place to be for king salmon. Fish are being seen – and caught – throughout the river now. On Thursday, rain showers in the morning but sunny skies peaked through in the afternoon. Areas in the lower end of the river where anglers had action were the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported having action in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, conehead woolly buggers, conehead muddlers and fish skull zonkers. The best reports for smallmouth bass come from the lower end of the river. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)


OSWEGO RIVER: The rain earlier this week brought in a lot of new fish and anglers are cashing out at the Varick Dam. That’s the place to be, where there appears to be more fish than anglers. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren’t so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. Anglers fishing off the wall have been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with deep diving thundersticks. The action along the wall in downtown Oswego, though, is up and down. The problem is the water temperature, which as of Wednesday was hovering around 69 degrees. Anglers are also targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.
Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in superb shape at last check, although a bit low. But with waters cooling the fishing has been very good for smallmouth bass. Look for bronzebacks with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water. Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. Also available are northern pike, bullhead and panfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

OCTOBER 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river water temperatures remain a bit warm, but king salmon are slowly moving in. Anglers are catching a few kings from the NYPA platform, Devils Hole State Park and Whirlpool State Park. Drifters are just starting to catch king salmon in the Devils Hole drift. The lower river salmon run will continue to build over the next couple of weeks. Walleye and smallmouth bass catches continue in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon soon. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Fish are still in transition in the lake as salmon and trout slowly make their way closer to streams and the rivers. A few salmon have been caught off the piers in Olcott, Point Breeze, Rochester and so on down the lake, but not in big numbers. A few browns were caught, too, during low light periods. The night bite has reportedly been good for boaters working the waters off the the piers. After sunrise, depths of 50-100 feet of water are a better bet. Boaters target staging king salmon by trolling with J-Plugs, J-13 Rapalas, flasher-fly combos and large spoons. The offshore bite has been more consistent in 300-400 feet of water, where anglers are picking up steelhead and silver kings. The offshore waters have been more stable and are a good option this weekend. Trollers off Niagara County have recently seen decent action at depths over 400 feet for a mix of king salmon and steelhead. Gear run 60-100 feet down is better for bigger kings, while lures run in the top 50 feet have produced quality catches of steelhead and kings of mixed ages. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs have all worked well. Nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams are worth a try for mature kings at daybreak. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors. There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

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

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. The musky bite has been on and off. Trolling and casting is producing fish, just not consistent. One suggestion - 8-inch and 9-inch Leo Jerkbaits. The bite should pick up as the water cools. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom. Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or sou th end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

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

*KEUKA LAKE: Laker action is reported good to excellent on the lake fishing off the points, especially at the south end. Try trolling or jigging at 35-65 feet in 80-100 feet of water with Spin Doctors, white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 65 to 75 foot of water is also producing some lake trout, especially at the south end. Fluke style plastics have also been catching some fish. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies 40 to 75 feet over 90 to 180 feet of water. The lakers caught were full of perch. Yellow perch were being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 feet of water. Lots of pickerel and rock bass in 15 – 25 feet of water. No reports on the bass bite but it should be good.. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 150 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season is open but no reports on their activity. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Bay fishing continues to be rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at both bays’ channels. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Fish are staging “pretty well” around the pier in Charlotte and anglers are picking up a few throwing Cleos and other lures around dusk. Fish are slowly moving in the river and some have been caught up by the falls. However, the run is still very light. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. No word on any perch fishing in any of the Greece ponds or the bays but some are being taken from the piers. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SALMON RIVER: The first salmon of the year are in the Salmon River. Stream casters have been picking up fish, but it’s still not the big run. That won’t come some consistent cold temperatures day and night. The most fish movement has been first thing in the morning and right before dark. During the middle of the day fish seem to be holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. The majority of anglers we’re speaking with have been fishing mostly the lower end of the river. Anglers reported having the most success getting into kings at the Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark, and Papermill. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as the Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove, Schoolhouse Pool and Lower Fly Fishing area. The most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, beadhead woolly buggers, fish skull zonkers, conehead bunny muddlers and egg sucking leeches. The best reports still come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

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

Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER:  Walleye and smallmouth bass catches remain strong in the lower river, but focus will flip to king salmon in a couple of weeks. King salmon typically start moving into the river in earnest in mid-September with peak usually occurring the last week of September through the second week of October. A few have started so the wait is on. Walleye are available from mid-river down to the Niagara Bar. Controlled drifting with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional lower river walleye tactics. Be aware, there a minimum size of 18" and daily limit of 3 for walleye in the lower river. Anglers are catching good numbers of sizeable bass from Devils Hole down to the bar. Anglers can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and tubes, or by casting stickbaits towards shore. The NYPA fishing platform remains closed due to high water level. The pier will reopen when water subsides to a safe level. For updates on pier call 716-796-0135, extension 45 (enter extension # when message starts to avoid listening to long menu) For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html).

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Nearshore fishing has been tough lately. Could be wacky temperature profiles, the presence of large amounts of bait, or combination of both? However, mature king salmon will soon be staging off stocked streams in preparation of the spawning run. The offshore waters have been more stable and are a good option this weekend. Trollers off Niagara County have recently seen decent action at depths over 400 feet for a mix of king salmon and steelhead. Gear run 60-100 feet down is better for bigger kings, while lures run in the top 50 feet have produced quality catches of steelhead and kings of mixed ages. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs have all worked well. Nearshore depths of 50-100 feet near stocked streams are worth a try for mature kings at daybreak. As the day progresses the bite slides deeper. Meat rigs, flasher-fly combos and large spoons have worked. Best spoon colors were caramel, monkey puke and greasy chicken colors.  There has been some word of brown trout catches in the nearshore zone, but not much available detail. Running medium-sized spoons or stickbaits in the bottom half of the water column is a typical tactic for brown trout. Trollers have had issues with water fleas accumulating on lines lately, especially braided lines. Using thicker monofilament line (30-50 lb test) helps against water flea build-up. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

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

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The north basin is a good bet for walleye. Anglers are catching decent to good numbers of walleye by trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits along weedlines or 20 feet down over 30-40 feet of water, and by jigging Rapalas and jigs tipped with a nightcrawler within the weeds. There are no strong weedlines in the south basin, so anglers have done best by trolling around the deeper section of the basin. There has been a lull in musky action lately, with modest numbers showing along weedlines. That should turn around as water temperatures continue to drop. Trollers can target suspended musky over deeper waters of 25 feet plus. Largemouth bass are still readily available in shallower, weedy areas. Try surface lures, live shiners and spinnerbaits. Smallmouths are found along deeper rocky points and drops outside of the weedline. Live crayfish, shiners and leeches work well. Target weed edges and pockets with live minnows and worms for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and bluegill. Where you find weeds, you will find fish. (See the Chautauqua Lake page on DEC’s Website for more fishing information.) (Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in fair fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are cooling. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Tricos are hatching on some streams and anglers can do well with imitations in the morning hours. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CONESUS LAKE: The lake has been fishing well for bass with the eastern shore showing the better smallmouth bite. A mix of baits has been working. Jig and pig, creature baits, drop shotting and just about any other method will fool the largemouth. Colors vary according to the water clarity. Watermelon Red, Kudzu, and Green pumpkin have been very good. Weather conditions and the amount of natural light can determine where the fish position, so pay attention and adjust your bait presentation accordingly. Pike have been active at the south end, hitting sucker chubs all hours of the day. (A webcam of Conesus on east side, 2/3 of the way down the lake at Marks Leisure Time Marine - https://www.weatherbug.com/weather-camera/?cam=CNSSM (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Try a downrigger, leadcore or a flatline for the lakers. Lots of bass and bluegills being seen in the shallows but the bite is slow. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: It’s suggested you fish the southwest portion of the lake in 80 - 90 fow for lake trout. Try down riggers and white spoons fished 10 feet off bottom.  Fish for browns and rainbows in the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower.

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

 

HONEOYE LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed from a month ago but fish are still being caught. Trollers and drifters are moving slowly with bottom-bouncing rigs rigged with small worm harnesses; depths as shallow as 15 feet can hold ’eye schools. You can also try jigging in about 10 fow with chartreuse jigs and spinner jig heads. A suggested area - around deeper holes north and south of Log Cabin Point. The bass fishing has been on and off for anglers. One report had “wacky rigged Zoom trick worms” doing well. If the bite slows or stops, switch to a Texas rigged worm or baby brush hog. If water conditions are murky use baits that make some vibration or noise and your catch rate should increase. Give baits and presentations time to work, but if you don't catch fish, change color, presentations and last locations. Larger panfish were reported being caught on small jig spinners, similar to the Beetle Spin. The key to triggering a bite was to retrieve the bait very, very slowly. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 30 to 90 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 75 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing in about 12-25 feet of water using worms as bait. At either the north or south end. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CAYUGA LAKE: Water fleas are still being a nuisance at times on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake. The lake is at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. Anglers taking advantage of the good days have been catching lake trout, browns and the occasional landlocked salmon. Lake trout are being taken in 50 - 70 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 100 foot level over a 150 to 300 foot bottom. Off Dean’s Cove, Taughannock, Myers and Long Point are areas being mentioned. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo's are working. Greens and blues, along with white/chartruse were hot colors. The brown bite is good at the south end. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for yellow perch on the north end. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some smallmouths are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

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

 

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

 

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. It’s worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. Browns have turned on out there as well.  No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Smallmouths and largemouths are being taken in shallow water (10 – 15 feet) near shore and around the docks with wacky rigged stickworms. The algal bloom has diminished some so the water has a little less color to it. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area streams are in good fishing shape with moderate flows. Water temperatures are elevated in some streams, especially in the afternoon. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warmer water can be lethal. It is best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. Most fly hatches are light and sporadic now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.  Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Submerged docks and potential shoreline erosion are concerns for anglers fishing the shoreline. Bay fishing is rated good to excellent. There has been crappie and bullhead action at the south end of Sodus Bay. Active largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits top water bait and plastic rigs. Fish the docks or the weedlines at the south end of the bay. Some smallmouths were caught near the Sodus Bay channel. They were hitting rubber minnows tip with spikes. The pike fishing at Sodus has been excellent. Troll between the islands, especially the north side of LeRoy. Walleye have been hard to find. On Port Bay, crappies are being caught at the south end, in the narrows. They are suspended off the bottom, up a couple of feet. Use bright small jigs. Pike, too, are at the south end. Some perch are being caught at the channel. On the Canal, anglers are catching largemouths fishing the weedlines on the south side of the waterway. Crappies are suspended and will bite any shiny jigs…just keep them small. Use small bright jigs and fish under the Port Gibson bridge. Channel cats are hitting in the deep pools near Palmyra, use cut bait or shrimp. The cats give an excellent fight. You can check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. The high water has left mats of weeds floating in the bays, so keep your nautical eyes open. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Water levels on the county’s major waters are still high but many of the restrictions have been lifted. Anglers are fishing the river at the lower falls for trout but high muddy waters doesn’t make it easy. Casting heavy (3/4 ounce plus) Little Cleo, K.O. Wobbler and Moonshine glow spoons at night works. Treated skein fished under a float can be productive. Fishing from the piers can also be productive but be careful. Inland you can try for bass and panfish in the county park waters. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SALMON RIVER: The first salmon of the year are in the Salmon River. Stream casters have been picking up fish inconsistently, but it’s still not the big run. The most fish movement has been first thing in the morning and right before dark. During the middle of the day fish seem to be holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. The majority of anglers we’re speaking with have been fishing mostly the lower end of the river. Anglers reported having the most success in the Ballpark, Town Pool area, Staircase, Blackhole and DSR. The most productive patterns have been streamers in natural colors such as black, olive, white and brown. Beadhead or conehead woolly buggers, fish skull zonkers, conehead muddlers and egg sucking leeches. The best reports still come from the lower end of the river where anglers are getting into smallmouth bass. The smallmouth bass generally hold in the slow and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and larger runs. View Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing.  (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html) (Salmon River Pools Tutorial Video. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GTv_FSz8mY&list=PLlWqnCjYul-QrKK15mfz7iTwkuOXGR83o&index=7)

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

Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers finally settling into decent fishing conditions. Northern pike, walleye, bass, bullhead, catfish and panfish offer prospects. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. On hot days look for some riffles; the bronzebacks prefer that higher-oxygenated water. For walleye try jigging with 3/8-ounce with chartreuse, white or black shad Twister Tails. Fish them with a slow stop-and-go retrieve downstream of islands or any slack water along the faster currents in 1-6 feet of water.  Try cut-bait or worms for the catfish. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html)

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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*TIP 3: LAKE STURGEON TAGS:  Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are looking for satellite tags that were attached to lake sturgeon last season. These unique tags are programmed to "pop off" of (detach from) each fish once they have collected data on lake sturgeon movements. Scientists use these data to determine annual movements, migration, behaviors and habitat use of lake sturgeon in the eastern Lake Erie basin. Once these tags become detached from the fish, they float to the surface, and are easily recognized by their unique shape and bright orange coloration. They tend to drift from Buffalo Harbor into the Upper Niagara River and occasionally become entangled in riverside vegetation. Should you encounter a floating pop off tag, collect and contact USFWS using the information printed on the body of the tag. The responsible scientist will assist you in sending it back to the appropriate office. In addition, once the data are downloaded, scientists will provide a detailed letter about that particular sturgeon's migration and movement patterns within the eastern Lake Erie Basin.

 

 

 

 

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*TIP: RIGGING SOFT PLASTICS:  Soft plastic lures are some of the most popular fishing lures.  Their popularity stems in large part from their versatility.  Body styles vary, with those made to mimic worms, lizards, leeches, fish, and other less identifiable creatures. With soft, pliable bodies, these lures produce amazing life-like action that fish find irresistible.  Supple design also gives soft plastics a better mouth-feel than hard or rigid lures and fish are much less likely to immediately let go after striking.  To enhance this aspect, manufacturers will often impregnate soft plastics with scents and flavors.  One of the greatest features of soft plastics is the variety of ways in which they can be rigged and fished, allowing you to target fish in open water, at depth, through weeds, and around structure.  Here are some tried-and-true methods that every angler should have in their arsenal:

Rigging weightless – This is a simple form of rigging a rubber worm or soft plastic. The hook is tied directly to the mainline with no weight or sinker.  A small swivel can be added to reduce line twist if the lure spins.  This is a great style to cast along shorelines, into mangroves, docks, or weeds.  Hide the point of hook in the body of the lure to minimize snags. 

 

“Texas Style”  rig – Texas-style with a twist:  a wooden toothpick is inserted in the tapered end hole of the sliding sinker, locking it in place at the head of the lure. The benefit of doing this is that it makes the rig virtually weedless when the hook point is inserted back into the side of your soft plastic. You can also buy premade sinkers with a corkscrew wire molded into the flat end, which screws into the head section of a soft plastic lure.

“Texas Style” weighted hook rig - This is a modern approach to the traditional Texas Style Rig, in which a premade hook with a sinker molded to its shank is used in combination with the soft plastic lure. The advantage of the center-weighted hook is that it allows the bait to sink horizontally rather than vertically, which can be helpful with a more natural presentation.

 

 

“Carolina Style” rig – The Carolina Style rig is commonly used for bottom fishing in an area free of debris or snags. A bullet weight/sinker is threaded onto the mainline, followed by a plastic or glass bead.  A swivel is then tied to the mainline and a length of leader (12” or more) is tied to the swivel with a hook and soft plastic on the other end.  This rig creates a clicking noise as the angler raises and drops the rig back to the bottom and the bead and weight hit each other, adding a new level of fish attracting action.  
 

Splitshot rig – A soft plastic and hook are attached to the mainline and a splitshot is simply squeezed 18-24” on the mainline above the lure. The splitshot rig is commonly used with lighter line or when a soft plastic lure requires some weight but not excess weight that would otherwise alter the action of the soft plastic, such as in flowing water.

Wacky rig – A very simple method of hooking a soft plastic that is highly effective on bedding largemouth bass. Tie a drop shot style hook onto the mainline.  Then symmetrically hook your bait through the center. Determine  the center of the bait by bending it in half and placing the hook through the center of the bend.  The senko worm is a common soft plastic used with the wacky rig method.  
When dropped into water, a terrestrial worm such as a nightcrawler waves both ends of their body spastically back and forth in alternating U-shaped motions.  Use this visualization to understand how and why this style of rigging works so effectively.

Dropshot rig – A lightweight hook is tied, usually with a palomar knot, to the mainline while retaining a long 10” to 30” tag end.  The tag end of the knot is looped and tied back up to the eye of the hook, securing the hook point in an upward position. A small drop sinker is then tied to the tag end, usually 5-25” below the lure. The soft plastic is typically hooked in the front or can be wacky-rigged (see above), which helps

minimize line twisting.  

Jighead and soft plastic – A pre-made jighead is used in combination with the soft plastic body. The advantage of the jighead and soft plastic combo is that it is simply a two-piece combination in which the soft plastic is threaded onto the hook and provides a low profile lure combination that can be cast accurately and over long distances.  This style can be retrieved through the water or jigged along the bottom without the upward-pointing getting snagged.