Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – March 8th, 2013

Honeoye Lake

Ice was reportedly between 3 and 5 inches thick late last month. Anglers were catching some nice yellow perch at depths over 20 feet, on jigs with a waxworm or spike. The bluegill bite has been fair in areas of 8-12 feet. Tip-ups with shiners set in shallower areas catch mostly largemouth bass and pickerel. Tip-ups set over deeper water are a better bet for walleye.

Conesus Lake

The north end had about 5 inches of solid ice at last report. Anglers continued to see a good bluegill bite in 7-10 feet of water on small jigs with a wax worm or spike. Expect a few or more throwbacks for every keeper. There have been some nice keeper crappie caught around the north end as well. Tip-ups with shiners produce the occasional northern pike.

Cayuga Lake

There was very limited ice on the north end of Cayuga, with ice thickness varying greatly. Anglers getting out were catching some yellow perch on minnows.

Canandaigua Lake

Work continued on the Woodville Fishing Access Site (FAS) boat launch. The project is slated to be completed at the end of March with a tentative date to reopen on April 1. The site will remain open for ice fishing access. If you have questions regarding the boat launch call 585-226-5343.
The boat launch at the Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park on the north end of the lake is currently open and was to remain so until ice conditions don’t allow boat launching or retrieval. If you have questions regarding thar launch call 315-789-2331.

Seneca Lake

Brown trout and Atlantic salmon were hitting on weighted salmon flies trolled on the surface. Anglers fishing on the inside of the pier at Watkins Glen were catching yellow perch and bluegills. The perch were hitting on fathead minnows and the bluegill on wax worms or spikes. The bluegill bite has been better late in the day and has continued for a few hours after dark. Casting red/white spoons on the outside of the pier has been yieldingnorthern pike, with fish up to 12 pounds being taken.

Keuka Lake

Not hearing a thing.

Owasco Lake

As of last week there was very limited ice on the south end of the lake, only out to about 10 foot of water. Anglers getting out were catching yellow perch and northern pike.

Otisco Lake

There was around 7-8 inches of ice on the north end and anglers were catching bluegills, pumpkinseeds and an occasional black crappie. Tip-up anglers were connecting on a few tiger muskies on the north end; remember, there’s a 36-inch size minimum on the tigers. Parts of the main lake had 6-8 inches of ice and yellow perch and an occasional brown trout were hitting on minnows. Keep an eye on changing conditions.

Skaneateles Lake

A few anglers have been shore fishing for rainbows, but overall action has been very slow.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Nothing to report.
Whitney Point Reservoir: There was reportedly be about 8-9 inches of ice on the pond. Fishing has been slow.

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