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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

9 – 14 - 18    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

TIP: NEW STATE  RECORD LONGNOSE GAR: DEC announced that a new state record fish was caught in August, breaking a longstanding record for longnose gar. Michael Gatus, of Hoosick Falls, caught a 14 lb., 10 oz., longnose gar from Lake Champlain in Washington County on Aug. 18 using chunk bait. The catch broke the 1999 New York State record by more than 1½ pounds. Gatus was actually fishing for channel catfish in Lake Champlain's South Bay in Whitehall when he bested the state record.

For more information about the Angler Achievement Awards Program, including a downloadable application form, go to DEC's website. Program details and an official entry form can also be found in DEC's current Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF, 8 MB).

For additional information on the Angler Achievement Awards Program, call (518) 402-8891 or email fwfish@dec.ny.gov.

 

TIP #2: MUD LOCK (CAYUGA LAKE) BOAT LAUNCH TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION: DEC announced that the Mud Lock boat launch at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Town of Aurelius (Cayuga County) will close for renovation starting Tuesday, September 4.

Site improvements to be completed include a new concrete launch ramp, floating boarding docks and a paved launch access and parking area.  The site is expected to remain closed through much of October. Boaters looking to access the north end of the lake during this period can use the boat launch at Cayuga Lake State Park, 2678 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls.

For more information on the project, please contact fwboat@dec.ny.gov.

 

LAKE ERIE: The weather has not given the off shore fishery much of a break lately. If it isn’t strong winds whipping Lake Erie into a froth, it’s the threat of multiple thunderstorms moving across the lake. Walleye action is continuing at a rapid clip, if you can locate the schools of fish. Depths of 50-60 feet of water near the international line is the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 55 - 80 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 60-85 feet near bottom, have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Stick baits with fire tiger storm lures, bomber lures in coca crush and northern lights colors and multi color renosky baits are all being productive.  When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors , like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

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

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Small schools of mature salmon were seen moving up into the gorge area. Anglers were reporting salmon action off the NYPA fishing platform in the gorge this past weekend and early this week. Nothing from boats in Devil’s Hole. Smallmouth bass and walleye remain the top targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The king salmon fishing continued to be very good on the west end of Lake Ontario. However, there have been a few blow days this week and talk of possible upwellings in spots, which would have fish moving around. The deep water zone at depths over 350 feet generally stays pretty stable during wind and mixing events. Recent fishing at those depths has been consistently solid and is a good bet when conditions permit. At depths over 350 feet, anglers have recently been catching good numbers of king salmon of mixed sizes, steelhead and a few coho salmon. Large spoons and flasher-fly combos run 40-100 feet down have worked well. We’re getting closer to the mature king salmon staging period, so don’t overlook near-shore areas of 40-100 feet of water for mature kings at daybreak. As the sun climbs in the sky, consistent salmon action slides out to depths over 200 feet. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are all working well for king salmon right now. Fishing in the deep water zone of 400 feet plus has also been very good. Lures run 40-80 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through September 3rd. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: The big news for shore anglers was the catch of the first salmon of the season off the Olcott piers casting spoons but it’s still early and we could use a cool rain. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

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

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up a bit. Currently, most of the area streams have moderate to slightly higher flows. Streams, however, still have warm water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Starting tomorrow bass season is open and if they’re big enough they can be keepers. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Early morning seems to be the better time. A few bass are being picked up with natural colored plastics under a bobber, fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. You can also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. Another possibility on the lake is night fishing for crappie. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. This time of year the smallies are very thermocline oriented and huge!  Some anglers have had some awesome strikes out over 90' of water, on spoons. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

CAYUGA LAKE: There are still some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around as well as a couple large debris fields.  The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Autumn is the best time of year for bass fishing. All the bays in the county have excellent bass populations. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. On the Canal near Widewaters, fish the south side of the canal. The bass are huge, and the channel cat fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SALMON RIVER: Action on the river is reported slow. Some anglers have hooked into a few salmon and an occasional steelhead but the river's still too warm for a major run. Of those catching fish the most productive fly patterns were comets, woolly buggers and egg sucking leeches. Bottom bouncing with blue egg sacs was also productive. Early morning and evening are best times. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Along with the increase in water flow, the first push of salmon have made their run into the river. Anglers are finding action both from the wall and up at the dam. Egg sacs, thundersticks, and float fishing skein are all working well. Anglers are continuing to take a few walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Some channel catfish are also being caught. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are generally high depending on the rains. Fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are possibilities. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

14 - NY Kayak BassFishing Tournament on Lake Erie For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

15 - National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at the MacDougall Sportsmen's & Conservation Asso. Inc., 3800 MacDougall Road, Waterloo, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Event Description: Empire Tractor, Inc. equipment display; Matt Yuhas Will Demonstrate Fly Tying/Fishing; Retrievers; NRA Rep Scott Buisch And The Boy Scout Troop 7280 Venturing Crew Will Be Present; Free Hands-On Shooting/Archery/Fishing Instruction Activities/Goodies; Various Info; Raffles; Refreshments. (For information contact Kathy Larsen at 315-585-2293 or email mrsmouse64@hotmail.com)

15 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Cayuga Lake (Lou Desantis Double Shot) at Long Point State Park Launch (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

15 - C V Bass League Tournament – Waneta/Lamoka Lakes at the State Launch between the lakes (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 Fish alone or with a partner.) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

15 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Fair Haven Bay at the State Launch at the Park. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

15 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Chautauqua Lake Points Derby at the Pendergast Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

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

16 - CVBM Waneta/Lamoka Lakes Tournament at State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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

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

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

22 - National Hunting & Fishing Day

22 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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

22 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Fair Haven Bay at the State Launch at the Park. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

22 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

22 - Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 47th Annual NHF Day Celebration at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Open to everyone of all ages. Come join the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. Learn from the local experts on how to hunt, fish, trap, shoot, and much more. Free event, rain or shine! (For information contact Rich Davenport 716-510-7952 rich@weloveoutdoors.org or go to www.eriectyfsc.org/events.htm)

22 - 22st 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. (For information contact Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.) 

22-23 - 33th Annual 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.)

22-23 - Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge, NY. (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) Created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day, this annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, axe/knife throwing, turkey calling, archery, 3-D laser big game hunting, crossbow, BB gun, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Smokey Bear, woodsmen demonstrations, local wildlife artists and authors and trout fishing. Activities subject to change. (Cost: $5.00 per vehicle) (For information call 315-689-9367 or contact Tom Merrill at 315-247-5141 or email president@federationofsportsmen.com) 

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

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*TIP: TRICKS FOR BOATING BASS:  A trick to use in stained or muddy water or at night when bass can’t see as well is to use big lures that displace water and create good vibrations. Another trick some fishermen use is to put a little more bend in the blade of a spinnerbait to make it throb more intensely and make more noise as it moves through the water. Maybe the best trick I

can give you, though, is to slow down your retrieve. Believe it or not, a slowmoving bait will actually send out more heavy vibrations than a fast moving bait will. The final trick is to use

darker colored baits in low visibility situations. When their sight is restricted, dark colors stand out better. Actually, it is not the color that catches bass in these situations anyway; it is the vibration of the bait.

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

basspro.com)

 

*TIP #2: MUD LOCK (CAYUGA LAKE) BOAT LAUNCH TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION: DEC announced that the Mud Lock boat launch at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Town of Aurelius (Cayuga County) will close for renovation starting Tuesday, September 4.

Site improvements to be completed include a new concrete launch ramp, floating boarding docks and a paved launch access and parking area.  The site is expected to remain closed through much of October. Boaters looking to access the north end of the lake during this period can use the boat launch at Cayuga Lake State Park, 2678 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls.

For more information on the project, please contact fwboat@dec.ny.gov.

 

*LAKE ERIE: The weather has not given the off shore fishery much of a break lately. If it isn’t strong winds whipping Lake Erie into a froth, it’s the threat of multiple thunderstorms moving across the lake. Walleye action is continuing at a rapid clip, if you can locate the schools of fish. Depths of 50-60 feet of water near the international line is the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 55 - 80 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 60-85 feet near bottom, have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Fire Tiger, purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. Color is a matter of preference, but a lot of anglers have been reporting using stick baits in shades of purple, with pink accents or chartreuse markings. As the sun gets up higher, consider changing up to brighter colors , like watermelon, silver and black or light green. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

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

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: There have been unconfirmed reports of a few kings in the Whirlpool area, but none from the NYPA fishing platform. That’s usually the first place that they show up, seeking oxygen from the tailrace as they hit the warm water coming from Lake Erie. Smallmouth bass and walleye remain the top targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The king salmon fishing continued to be very good on the west end of Lake Ontario. However, there have been a few blow days this week and talk of possible upwellings in spots, which would have fish moving around. The deep water zone at depths over 350 feet generally stays pretty stable during wind and mixing events. Recent fishing at those depths has been consistently solid and is a good bet when conditions permit. At depths over 350 feet, anglers have recently been catching good numbers of king salmon of mixed sizes, steelhead and a few coho salmon. Large spoons and flasher-fly combos run 40-100 feet down have worked well. We’re getting closer to the mature king salmon staging period, so don’t overlook near-shore areas of 50-100 feet of water for mature kings at daybreak. As the sun climbs in the sky, consistent salmon action slides out to depths over 200 feet. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are all working well for king salmon right now. Fishing in the deep water zone of 400 feet plus has also been very good. Lures run 40-80 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through September 3rd. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: The big news for shore anglers was the catch of the first salmon of the season off the Olcott piers this past weekend casting spoons. Since that time, there have been a few more salmon caught, but it’s still very early and we could use a cool rain. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

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

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up a bit. Currently, most of the area streams have moderate to slightly higher flows. Streams, however, still have warm water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Watch out for debris on the lake after the big rain this area received a few weeks ago. Lake trout and a few Atlantic salmon, are being taken trolling small flatfish 60 to 70 feet down over 70 to 100 foot of water at 2.5 mph.

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: There are still some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around as well as a couple large debris fields.  The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet at last check. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 5 to 40 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass, panfish, rock bass and some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The rains have been bad for most of the southern tier streams this year, but on the flip side the creeks have been much higher and cooler. The fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Watch the weather conditions!! Salmon are still scattered as the cold water keeps getting blown around and fish are spread out from 150 to 500 foot of water. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown in the 50 - 80 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 60 to 100 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger).  There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The water is still too warm to draw in any salmon. It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Anglers are still catching largemouths in all Wayne County Bays. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. On the Canal near Widewaters, fish the south side of the canal. The bass are huge, and the channel cat fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The Canal is becoming very popular for kayak anglers. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SALMON RIVER: Action on the river is reported slow. A couple of anglers have hooked into a few salmon and an occasional steelhead but the river's water temperature is still too warm for a major run. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take a few walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Some channel catfish are also being caught. No salmon activity to report yet, some cooler temperatures are needed. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are generally high depending on the rains. With the flood damage some areas received fishing might be the last thing on the minds of some who were in the path of the raging waters. When conditions recover fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

8 - Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open – Sodus/Ontario at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)  

8 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on the Oak Orchard River For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

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

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

9 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

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

14 - NY Kayak BassFishing Tournament on Lake Erie For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

15 - National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at the MacDougall Sportsmen's & Conservation Asso. Inc., 3800 MacDougall Road, Waterloo, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Event Description: Empire Tractor, Inc. equipment display; Matt Yuhas Will Demonstrate Fly Tying/Fishing; Retrievers; NRA Rep Scott Buisch And The Boy Scout Troop 7280 Venturing Crew Will Be Present; Free Hands-On Shooting/Archery/Fishing Instruction Activities/Goodies; Various Info; Raffles; Refreshments. (For information contact Kathy Larsen at 315-585-2293 or email mrsmouse64@hotmail.com)

15 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Cayuga Lake (Lou Desantis Double Shot) at Long Point State Park Launch (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

15 - C V Bass League Tournament – Waneta/Lamoka Lakes at the State Launch between the lakes (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 Fish alone or with a partner.) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

15 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Fair Haven Bay at the State Launch at the Park. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

15 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Chautauqua Lake Points Derby at the Pendergast Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

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

16 - CVBM Waneta/Lamoka Lakes Tournament at State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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TIP: Labor Day weekend is typically a very busy boating weekend so be prepared to deal with longer lines at boat launches.

 

TIP #2: MUD LOCK (CAYUGA LAKE) BOAT LAUNCH TO CLOSE FOR RENOVATION: DEC announced that the Mud Lock boat launch at the north end of Cayuga Lake in the Town of Aurelius (Cayuga County) will close for renovation starting Tuesday, September 4.

Site improvements to be completed include a new concrete launch ramp, floating boarding docks and a paved launch access and parking area.  The site is expected to remain closed through much of October. Boaters looking to access the north end of the lake during this period can use the boat launch at Cayuga Lake State Park, 2678 Lower Lake Road, Seneca Falls.

For more information on the project, please contact fwboat@dec.ny.gov.

 

LAKE ERIE: The weather has not given the off shore fishery much of a break lately. If it isn’t strong winds whipping Lake Erie into a froth, it’s the threat of multiple thunderstorms moving across the lake. Walleye action is continuing at a rapid clip, if you can locate the schools of fish. Depths of 50-60 feet of water near the international line is the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 70+ feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 65-85 feet near bottom, have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. Colors are a choice dictated by the fish. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom are most productive.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

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

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: There have been unconfirmed reports of a few kings in the Whirlpool area, but none from the NYPA fishing platform. That’s usually the first place that they show up, seeking oxygen from the tailrace as they hit the warm water coming from Lake Erie. Smallmouth bass and walleye remain the top targets in the lower river. Boaters are picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Try drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lures, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The king salmon is showing up at the mouths of many rivers and streams as they stage for their spawning run. The Niagara Bar has not been a consistent salmon fishery in August, but the big fish showed up over the weekend. The king salmon fishing continues to be very good on the west end of Lake Ontario. However, there have been a few blow days this week and talk of possible upwellings in spots, which would have fish moving around. As conditions settle look for mature kings to start showing in near shore areas of 50-150 feet at dawn, and as the sun climbs in the sky, consistent salmon action slides out to depths over 200 feet. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are all working well for king salmon right now. Fishing in the deep water zone of 400 feet plus has also been very good. Lures run 40-80 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through September 3rd. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has improved and anglers are catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-25 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. Most muskies landed recently have been by trolling on the north basin. Use small shad style baits like Tuff Shads and Leo Mojoes. Best depth has been from 15 to 25 feet of water. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up a bit. Currently, most of the area streams have moderate to slightly higher flows. Streams, however, still have warm water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. The bass transitioned to slightly deeper water and you will just have to move in and out until you locate them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Watch out for debris on the lake after the big rain this area received a few weeks ago. Lake trout and a few Atlantic salmon, are being taken trolling small flatfish 60 to 70 feet down over 70 to 100 foot of water at 2.5 mph.

 

CAYUGA LAKE: There are still some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around as well as a couple large debris fields.  The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 100 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Myers and Long Point are two areas being mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 15 to 30 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass and rock bass and maybe some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The fish seem to be well fed so you may need to use reaction baits to get them to hit. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: The rains have been bad for most of the southern tier streams this year, but on the flip side the creeks have been much higher and cooler. The fishing has been generally good when you can get out on the streams. Swinging buggers and euro nymphing has been good. When there’s warm water temps on many streams, try not to handle the fish a lot. Get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Watch the weather conditions!! Salmon are still scattered as the cold water keeps getting blown around and fish are spread out from 150 to 500 foot of water. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown in the 50 - 80 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 60 to 100 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger).  There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. Don’t forget the LOC Derby runs until Monday, September 3rd. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Anglers are still catching largemouths in all Wayne County Bays. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Some pike are being caught next to Leroy Island. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. On the Canal near Widewaters, fish the south side of the canal. The bass are huge, and the channel cat fish bite has been strong, especially in the Palmyra area. The largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SALMON RIVER: Action on the river is reported slow. A couple of anglers have hooked into a few salmon and an occasional steelhead but the river's water temperature is still too warm for a major run. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html)

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take a few walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Some channel catfish are also being caught. No salmon activity to report yet, some cooler temperatures are needed. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html)

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are generally high depending on the rains. With the flood damage some areas received fishing might be the last thing on the minds of some who were in the path of the raging waters. When conditions recover fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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AUGUST

17-9/3 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) 2018 Fall Salmon Derby on Lake Ontario. Get in on the action and your share of $68,900 in CASH Prizes. $10,000 Grand Prize plus prizes for the largest Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

1 - The Westfield Moose Lodge #118 Walleye Derby on New York State waters. (5:00 am – 5:00 pm) Sponsored by The Westfield Moose Lodge #118, 19 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY.  Entry fee is $200 per four-man team. Awards will pay out for the five heaviest walleye that day, plus the five heaviest total weight basket of walleye (three walleye maximum) and the three longest walleye will have a prize division. If the date is un-fishable, the money will be distributed by random draw. Mandatory attendance at the Captains Meeting on Aug. 31 at the Moose Lodge. Weigh-in will be at the Barcelona Harbor. (For more information call 716-581-0487.)    

1 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com

1-3 – 11th Annual Keith Cagle Memorial Keuka Lake Fishing Derby headquartered at Village Shores Bait & Tackle – Village Shores Marina (1st 6:00 am – 3rd 2:00 pm) (Cost: $30.00 Bass/$30.00 Trout/$50.00 Both.) Kids 12 and under free. Deadline for entry 8/31 at 5:00 pm. (For information call 607-569-3500 or 607-569-2770.)  

2 – Avon Anglers Labor Day Week End Dash for Cash on Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores County Park, Brewerton, NY (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $100 for 1 or 2 person team.) (For information contact Paul Lane  585-737-1701  or go to avonanglers.com)

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

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

8 - Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open – Sodus/Ontario at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)  

8 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on the Oak Orchard River For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

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

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

9 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

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*TIP: Sunny, windless days are a great time to go for species like crappie, bluegill and smallmouth bass. The shine from above and the glassy surface allows you to see into the water. With this ability to see, however, also comes the ability of the fish to see you. Get used to making long casts toward potentially wary fish, and make sure you wear nondescript, earth-colored clothing to keep yourself camouflaged. Some anglers will also wear fish masks. Another thing to consider is what you should be looking for. Fish is the easiest answer to this question, yet you’re not always looking for fish. Pay attention if a strand of grass or a reed moves in the water. Then make your cast as accurate as possible and minimize the amount of splash.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Walleye action is continuing at a rapid clip, if you can locate the schools of fish. Depths of 50-60 feet of water near the international line is the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 70+ feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 65-85 feet near bottom, have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. When sticks fail to produce, use worm harnesses and/or spoons. Colors are a choice dictated by the fish. One boat reports having best luck with black and white lures, while another reports variations of purple with dots. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is most productive.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

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

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass remain the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. Walleye action has been good for bigger fish. You might not see the numbers, but the quality is there. Leeches fished off three-way rigs have been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: The king salmon fishing continues to be very good on the west end of Lake Ontario. However, there have been a few blow days this week and talk of possible upwellings in spots, which would have fish moving around. As conditions settle look for mature kings to start showing in near shore areas of 50-150 feet at dawn, and as the sun climbs in the sky, consistent salmon action slides out to depths over 200 feet. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are all working well for king salmon right now. Fishing in the deep water zone of 400 feet plus has also been very good. Lures run 40-70 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through September 3rd. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has improved and anglers are catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-25 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish Pimples and jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow are also good offerings. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. Most muskies landed recently have been by trolling on the north basin. Use small shad style baits like Tuff Shads and Leo Mojoes. Best depth has been from 15 to 25 feet of water. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Lots of white perch and a few white bass also showing up. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up a bit. Currently, most of the area streams have moderate to slightly higher flows. Streams, however, still have warm water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CANADICE LAKE: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Watch out for debris on the lake after the big rain this area received a few weeks ago. Lake trout and a few Atlantic salmon, are being taken trolling small flatfish 60 to 70 feet down over 70 to 100 foot of water at 2.5 mph

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: There are still some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around as well as a couple large debris fields. Water visibility in some areas was about 1' today. Prior to the rain, the lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Long Point was one area mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 50 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 15 to 30 foot of water was working for smallmouth bass and rock bass and maybe some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Streams received some much needed rain this week, however warm water temps remain on many streams. Try not to handle the fish a lot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

*SANDY POND: The warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has slowed on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST:  Salmon are still scattered as the cold water keeps getting blown around and fish are spread out from 150 to 500 foot of water. When found they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green still being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down riggers, wire and divers, and cooper line. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Anglers are also finding some active brown in the 50 - 80 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 60 to 100 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger).  Smallmouth bass are being taken around Mexico Point on crayfish.

There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. Don’t forget the LOC Derby starts today, August 17, and runs until Monday, September 3rd. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Anglers are still catching largemouths in all Wayne County Bays. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel and some walleyes are being caught near the islands. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. Also at the south end of Port Bay good bullhead action. Throw-out worms. On the Canal near Widewaters, the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. Anglers have also been catching some nice bass in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. (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: Action on the river is reported slow. A couple of anglers have hooked into a few salmon but nothing regular. Probably jumped the gun during recent heavy rains. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take a few walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. Smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Some channel catfish are also being caught. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

*OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are generally high depending on the rains. With the flood damage some areas received fishing might be the last thing on the minds of some who were in the path of the raging waters. When conditions recover fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

17-9/3 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) 2018 Fall Salmon Derby on Lake Ontario. Get in on the action and your share of $68,900 in CASH Prizes. $10,000 Grand Prize plus prizes for the largest Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

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

25 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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

25 - C V Bass League Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 Fish alone or with a partner.) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

25 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Seneca Lake Points Derby at the Seneca Lake State Park Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

25 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on Conesus Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

25 - Blueberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Join us for our last evening paddle of the summer! Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take you to Keuka Lake via Sugar Creek and the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve wetlands. End your evening with blueberry desserts and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

 

1 - The Westfield Moose Lodge #118 Walleye Derby on New York State waters. (5:00 am – 5:00 pm) Sponsored by The Westfield Moose Lodge #118, 19 Clinton Street, Westfield, NY.  Entry fee is $200 per four-man team. Awards will pay out for the five heaviest walleye that day, plus the five heaviest total weight basket of walleye (three walleye maximum) and the three longest walleye will have a prize division. If the date is un-fishable, the money will be distributed by random draw. Mandatory attendance at the Captains Meeting on Aug. 31 at the Moose Lodge. Weigh-in will be at the Barcelona Harbor. (For more information call 716-581-0487.)    

1 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com

1-3 – 11th Annual Keith Cagle Memorial Keuka Lake Fishing Derby headquartered at Village Shores Bait & Tackle – Village Shores Marina (1st 6:00 am – 3rd 2:00 pm) (Cost: $30.00 Bass/$30.00 Trout/$50.00 Both.) Kids 12 and under free. Deadline for entry 8/31 at 5:00 pm. (For information call 607-569-3500 or 607-569-2770.)  

2 – Avon Anglers Labor Day Week End Dash for Cash on Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores County Park, Brewerton, NY (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $100 for 1 or 2 person team.) (For information contact Paul Lane  585-737-1701  or go to avonanglers.com)

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TIP: WARM-WATER WALLEYES:  Walleye spend a lot more time in the shallows than once thought. Even during the dead of summer and even on clear bodies of water. If walleye aren’t biting in deep or mid-range water, it pays sometimes to check out the shallows. Hard bottom is a good place to start looking for walleyes but if no one’s home, check out sand, mud, or weedlines. If those areas don’t produce, the fish could be suspended. Warm-water walleyes are finicky feeders that must be teased with live bait rigs or jigs. However, on some of the country’s most productive walleye waters, rigs and jigs are rarely used. Lake Erie, the world’s #1 walleye water, is a good example. Erie’s walleyes respond best to crankbaits or spinners trolled at high speeds or weight-forward spinners that are cast and retrieved.

(Gary Parsons is a 3-time PWT Angler of the Year and member of the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. For more tips, log onto basspro.com)

LAKE ERIE: Walleye action is continuing at a rapid clip, if you can locate the schools of fish. Depths of 50-60 feet of water near the international line is the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 70+ feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 65-85 feet near bottom, have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Numerous reports of lake trout activity are coming from the western portion of NY Erie waters. Best to target lakers below the thermocline, where water temperatures are around 50 degrees. Numbers are generally best in 80-115 feet of water from Dunkirk to the PA line. If you were planning on fishing out of Dunkirk this weekend, be forewarned that there is a huge power boat race going on that could limit the boat launch and parking access. Sunday is “race day” and the launch ramp will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass remain the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The walleye fishing in the lower river has been good the past week. Leeches fished off three-way rigs has been effective. Some anglers prefer the old standby, a Yellow Sally fly, spinner and a worm fished off a three-way rig. Standard worm harnesses will also work, but you will catch other species of fish, too, when using live bait like sheepshead.  A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has been clearing in the lower river, so anglers can get more moss-free drifts or casts. 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: It has been a great year for king salmon fishing on Lake Ontario, and the bite remains hot off Niagara and Orleans Counties. Mature kings are starting to show in near shore areas of 60-150 feet at dawn, and as the sun climbs in the sky, consistent salmon action slides out to depths over 200 feet. Large spoons, flasher-fly combos and meat rigs are all working well for king salmon right now. Fishing in the deep water zone of 400 feet plus has also been very good. Lures run 40-70 feet down are producing a mix of large steelhead, king salmon of mixed sizes, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-25 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done.

Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. Most muskies landed recently have been by trolling on the north basin. Use small shad style baits like Tuff Shads and Leo Mojoes. Best depth has been from 15 to 25 feet of water. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Recent rains have helped bring stream levels up a bit. Currently, most of the area streams have moderate to slightly lower flows. Streams, however, still have warm water temps. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow also try bass minnows at 20 feet over a 50 foot bottom at the south end. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

CANADICE LAKE: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CAYUGA LAKE: There are some large, boat and boat prop damaging logs, etc., floating around as well as a couple large debris fields. Water visibility in some areas was about 1' today. Prior to the rain, the lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Long Point was one area mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Trolling 40 - 70 feet down with small spoons is producing some lake trout and rainbow action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down over a 100 foot+ bottom. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few brown trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 70 feet down over a 100 to 120 foot bottom. The 80 to 90 foot level seems productive for anglers vertical jigging. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And try fishing the 15 – 20 foot level with worm harnesses, stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Streams received some much needed rain this week, however warm water temps remain on many streams. Try not to handle the fish a lot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

SANDY POND: The warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has slowed on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: After the recent southern blow the salmon fishing has been very scattered. But as of yesterday afternoon things are starting to set back up. Anglers are finding some active brown in the 50 - 80 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 250 - 500 feet, fishing at 80 – 120 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Meat rigs behind green dot Spin Doctors, green Echips, and golden boy flashers can also be tried. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Port Bay and Mexico Point are spots mentioned. Off Port Bay try 3-inch shad Power Baits. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. Don’t forget the LOC Derby starts today, August 17, and runs until Monday, September 3rd. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Anglers are still catching largemouths in all Wayne County Bays. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. Use strong leaders because you’ll be pulling them from heavy cover. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south ends of Port Bay. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. On the Canal near Widewaters, the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. Anglers have also been catching some nice bass in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. (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: Action on the river is reported slow. A couple of anglers have hooked into a few salmon but nothing regular. Probably jumped the gun during recent heavy rains. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

 

OTHER WATERS: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers may be a little high depending on the rains. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

AUGUST 2018

17-9/3 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) 2018 Fall Salmon Derby on Lake Ontario. Get in on the action and your share of $68,900 in CASH Prizes. $10,000 Grand Prize plus prizes for the largest Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

18 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Sodus Bay Big Money Open Bass Tournament. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) This Tournament is open to the Lake and all other Bays. (Entry fee $200) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

18 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Waneta/Lamoka Lakes. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

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

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

20 - Project Aquatic WILD and Project WET 2.0 at Powder Mills Park on Route 96, Pittsford, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Provided by the Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Participants will learn fun, hands-on activities, games and lessons that focus on aquatic ecology and watersheds for outdoor learning and the classroom. The training is free and open to all K-12 teachers and environmental educators. Participants receive curriculum and activity guides. (For information email: fli@hws.edu)

20-24 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp – Junior Nature at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Young naturalists will explore the wonders of nature through a variety of outdoor games, fun crafts and unique activities. Campers will catch frogs in the pond, search for signs of mammal activity in the forest, and discover the birds, butterflies and dragonflies in the grassland and wetland. Ages: 11-15. Ages: 6 - 10. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

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

22 - Finger Lakes Regional Stream Monitoring Network at the Finger Lakes Institute on South Main Street, Geneva, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Participants will learn the importance of monitoring biological, physical and chemical parameters of aquatic ecosystems. They also will be trained in the sampling protocols at a local stream and practice entering and retrieving data from a data base. Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to borrow stream monitoring kits from the FLI at no cost. (For information email: fli@hws.edu)

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

25 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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

25 - C V Bass League Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 Fish alone or with a partner.) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

25 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Seneca Lake Points Derby at the Seneca Lake State Park Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

25 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on Conesus Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

25 - Blueberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Join us for our last evening paddle of the summer! Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take you to Keuka Lake via Sugar Creek and the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve wetlands. End your evening with blueberry desserts and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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

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*TIP: TIPS ON FISHING CRANKBAITS: Crankbaits are hard-bodied baits that often resemble a baitfish of some sort. They come in all shapes, colors, sizes, running depths, actions, some rattle, some don't. The one thing that crankbaits have in common is that they catch a variety of fish year 'round, but they are particularly effective in the summer. They're great spring and fall baits also, but boy do fish in the summer like to eat crankbaits. The number of crankbait colors is endless almost. When starting the day, everyone should tie on a different color until the fish show you what they want. A good rule-of-thumb is natural and subdued colors for clear water, flashier, brighter colors for stained water. That's a good starting point, but give the fish what they want.
 

*LAKE ERIE: It has not been a very good week of walleye fishing on Lake Erie. There were wind driven upwellings last Friday, and the walleye bite has been spotty since. There have been some good catches here or there, but many have struggled to find fish. Depths of 45-55 feet of water near the international line is still the best bet near Buffalo. Some of the better catches at mid-week were out of Cattaraugus Creek in around 65 feet of water. From Dunkirk to the PA line, depths of 65-85 feet have produced some decent catches. Depending on where you are fishing, walleye can be scattered throughout the water column. Stagger lines at multiple depths and adjust according to hits. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 25-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass remain the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has been clearing in the lower river, so anglers can get more moss-free drifts or casts. 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: The Lake Ontario waters off Point Breeze – simply put – are teaming with big king salmon after a big nor’easter storm caused the inside water to roll over. A classic upwelling, the salmon are feeding closer to the shoreline and near the surface! Once things settle down, salmon and trout fishing will continue to be good at the west end of the lake. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 80-250 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Anglers are also picking up some walleye by vertical jigging on steep drop-offs in 15-25 feet of water. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Streams received some much needed rain this week, however warm water temps remain on many streams. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

 

*SILVER LAKE: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. 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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*HONEOYE LAKE: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

*SENECA LAKE: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 80 to 100 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Off Long Point was one area mentioned. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down over a 100 foot+ bottom.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few brown trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 50 feet down over a 80 to 90 foot bottom. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas are becoming a nuisance for anglers trolling so be prepared to deal with them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*OTISCO LAKE: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Streams received some much needed rain this week, however warm water temps remain on many streams. Try not to handle the fish a lot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

 

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

 

*SANDY POND: The extremely warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has slowed on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

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

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Messenger and Shackleton Shoals are producing fish along with a good bass bite southwest of the islands and in the western bays.  Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: After the recent southern blow the salmon fishing has been very scattered. But as of yesterday afternoon things are starting to set back up. Anglers are finding some active brown in the 50 foot level. Trolling near shore over depths of 40 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons should work well especially from Oswego to the Little Salmon River. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 100 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 100 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Mexico Point is one spot mentioned.  Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

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

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Anglers are still hammering the largemouths at Sodus. Just fish the weedlines using Zoom baits, spinners or top water lures. The perch are out of the bays but still in 8 to 10 feet of water in the lake. They’ll hit small jigs tipped with spikes. Anglers are catching bluegills at the north and south end of Port Bay. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. On the Canal near Widewaters, the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS:  Bass are providing some action along the weed beds in the ponds and bays. Fishing for bullhead and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the bays is a possibility. Also walleye and northern pike are good possibilities in the bays. Some night action for walleye is reported on Irondequoit Bay. Anglers are using stickbaits. Anglers have also been catching some nice bass in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics. (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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. 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. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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

JUNE 2018

30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

JULY 2018
26-28 - 2018 Costa FLW Series Northern Division Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Erie; Buffalo, NY; Safe Harbor Marina & Buffalo Harbor State Park; (6:30AM Launch-2:30PM Retrieve and weigh-in.) Forecast is 100-175 boats, 2 anglers per boat; open to public to watch or compete (must be an FLW member to compete).

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

28 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather 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)

28 - Sandy Creek Shootout VIIII Fishing Derby at Sandy Creek Launch Hamlin, NY. (5:00 am – 2:00 pm) Each boat will have a minimum of two participants.  The maximum number of rods to be run by any boat shall be eight (8) All entered fish must be caught in the open waters of Lake Ontario. 100 % Payout, Big fish payouts, 50/50 raffles. (For information go to www.sandycreekshootout.com.)

28 - FLX Big Money Open Bass Tournament – Onondaga Lake at Keuka Lake State Park. (Buy In: $250/Pay Out: 1st $3,000 · 2nd $1,000 · 3rd$ 750 - Lunker $250/Based on a 25 boat field)(For information call 978-427-9496 or email thinklikeafish1@gmail.com)

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

28 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

28 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

28 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Sodus Bay at Sodus Bay Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

28 – NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on Conesus Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

28 – Unified Fishing Derby at Safe Harbor Marina, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY hosted by the FLW Foundation. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Bring a fishing rod if you have one, but loaner rods are available for the first 50 participants. For anyone under age 18 and Special Olympics athletes.

29 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather 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)

29 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga  Bay (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

31 – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Kayak Tour on Ellicott Creek Ecology meet at the East Hill Foundation, North Tonawanda, NY (6:00 pm) (For information call 716-852-7483 Ext. 26.)

 

AUGUST 2018

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

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

3-5 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club 14th Annual Walleye Derby in the New York waters of Lake Erie. Limited to 100 boat field, 3-day tourney, top 3 fish weighed each day, 2 to 4 anglers per boat, $100 entry fee, cash prizes, tackle & gear drawings. (For information call  Zen Olaw 716-640-2776.)

4 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Sodus Bay at the State Launch on Route 14. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

4 -  Upstate Anglers BASS Crazy Cash Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) ($500 buy in/25 boat limit.) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

4 - C V Bass League Tournament – Keuka Lake at the Penn Yan Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00 Fish alone or with a partner.) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

4 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on Keuka Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

4 - Paddle Keuka 5K Race headquartered at Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the third year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. (For information call 315-595-2200 or email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

5 - CVBM Cayuga Lake Tournament at Dean’s Cove Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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

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7 - 20 – 18-1    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

TIP: As young of the year (YOY) yellow perch and bluegills are becoming large enough for bass to feed on, keep an eye out for surface activity. Bass will often drive these small fish to the surface as they feed on them. It's a good time to throw topwaters when you see this. If you're not seeing surface activity try deep diving crankbaits or drop-shot rigs. Often as you reel in a bass that has been feeding on YOY perch or bluegills they will often regurgitate some of them, cueing you on what they're feeding on.  

 

LAKE ERIE: Anglers are still catching lots of walleye around the Buffalo Harbor, with at least a few shorts for every keeper. Rising water temperatures will likely slow the harbor bite sooner than later. Outside of the breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water and the area between the windmills and Seneca Shoal in 35-45 feet of water have also been very productive. In those areas, anglers are catching good numbers of 17-20 inch walleye with some shorts and the occasional lunker mixed in. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. The bite off Barcelona has been good for trollers working depths of 55-65 feet of water with lures run in the bottom half of the water column. From Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk the walleye bite has been spotty in 40-55 feet of water. The bite off Barcelona has been very good in depths of 65-75 feet of water, where walleye are scattered throughout the water column. Spreading out your lines within the water column and adjusting according to strikes is a good idea. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 30-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass remain the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has been bad news for anglers lately to show up in the River and has started to affect fishing. 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: Salmon and trout fishing continues to be good at the west end of the lake. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 80-250 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

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

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: All of the area trout streams have lower flows and many have warm water. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead