Finger Lake Fishing Report – October 18th, 2013
Cayuga Lake: Little has changed from the last report. Vertical jigging has been working for lake trout, with fish being found in 65-110 feet of water. Trolling down 70-80 feet over 100-160 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies was also producing some lake trout. Yellow perch were being caught in the north end on small minnows.
Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken 80-120 feet down over 130-200 feet of water on spoons and flasher and flies. Running copper out 300 feet is also working for lake trout. Some brown trout and Atlantic salmon were being caught 60-75 feet down on spoons.
Canandaigua Lake: Rainbows were being found 45-60 feet down over 140-250 feet of water. Lake trout were located slightly deeper, 60-90 feet down. Good baits have been spoons and flasher and flies. A lot of bait was still being marked in the 50- to 55-foot zone.
Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging around The Bluff were still catching lake trout on plastics in 75-130 feet of water. Trolling was also working for lake trout, fishing down 65-110 feet over 90-165 feet of water.
Owasco Lake: Anglers fishing in the south end of the lake have been getting lake trout in 75-100 feet of water and some rainbow trout in 55-70 feet of water. Trolling with flasher and flies or stick baits has been a good pattern. Pulling copper was also working for lake trout. Smallmouth bass were hitting crayfish or drop-shot rigs fished in 25-30 feet of water. Some yellow perch were being taken on minnows and nightcrawlers.
Otisco Lake: Largemouth bass were hitting on stickworms and swimbaits cast near shore and also on outside weed edges. A few bonus tiger muskies were also hitting in the weeds. No word on the nighttime shore walleye bite.
Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being taken on tube jigs, Senko-style baits, top-water offerings and drop-shot rigs in 10-35 feet of water. Live bait (crayfish and nightcrawlers) was also working for smallmouth bass, yellow perch and rock bass in 15-25 feet of water.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Bass and walleye fishing has been good, with tube jigs and live bait working well.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Anglers fishing near shore were catching catfish, bullheads and smallmouth bass. The best action lately seems to be in shallow water, less than 10 feet.