Early warmup triggers plenty of fishing activity in N.Y. - Central NY Report
Brown trout were being taken along the lake shore by flat-lining (trolling lure behind the boat without any weight) with stick baits; if you can find some off-colored water, fish around it.
The South Shore launch ramps have been cleaned out; no docks were in yet at last check. Anglers getting out in boats were catching perch on minnows. Big Bay has been producing bluegills and crappies, with minnows and spikes working well.
All areas along the river were fishable at last check. Anglers were getting steelhead and brown trout. The steelhead and browns were hitting egg sacs, trout beads, jigs and stick baits. Black crappies were also hitting around docks.
Steelhead were spawning in the riffle areas and in the tributaries. But there were fish still being caught throughout the river. Some brown trout were being taken by anglers fishing in the lower section of river. Baits working well for the steelhead were the usual egg sacs (blue or white mesh), beads (8 and 10mm), pink PowerBait trout worms, Woolly Buggers and black stonefly nymphs.
Black crappie were hitting around docks, but there was no word on the perch bite.
Anglers getting out in boats were catching yellow perch on small minnows. Fishing around the bridge was yielding black crappie. No word on bullheads yet.
Yellow perch fishing has been good, with small minnows and spikes working.