Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, June 29th, 2012
Lake trout were still coming on flasher and fly rigs fished 50 to 120 feet down over 60 to 150 feet of water. Fishing stick baits or spoons from the surface down to 30 feet, in 40 to 100 feet of water was still productive for brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Vertical jigging has been fair in 65 to 85 feet of water for lake trout.
Anglers fishing off the pier in Watkins Glen were catching northern pike on minnows, stick baits and spoons. Lake trout were hitting streamers and stick baits; fluorescent rainbow trout has been a good color, fished 75 feet down. Brown trout were being taken in the middle section of the lake (Lodi to Long Point) by anglers trolling and also by shore anglers. The shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stick baits fished near the surface.
Anglers were catching lake trout 45 to 145 feet down over 110 to 160 feet of water by trolling spoons, stick baits and flasher and fly rigs. Many methods awee working; planer boards, downriggers and Dipsey Divers. Good colors have been silver for the spoons and orange or blue for the stick baits. Jigging has also been good for lake trout in 50 to 80 feet of water.
Waneta and Lamoka lakes
Perch were hitting well on Lamoka, with small minnows working well. Black crappie fishing has been fair. Pickerel were hitting on both lakes, with minnows and bass-style lures working best.
Northern pike were hitting large minnows on the south end, and a few lake trout were being taken in 130 to 150 foot of water on spoons.
A few walleye were being taken after dark by anglers casting stick baits off the causeway. Trolling with stick baits was also producing a few walleye during the day and after dark. Brown trout were also being taken on stick baits trolled near the surface. Bass fishing has been good, with jigs working well.
A few brown trout and rainbow trout were being caught by trolling spoons from the surface down to about 50 feet. Lake trout were being caught 30 to 120 feet down over 80 to 150 feet of water using flashers and flies or spoons.
The brown drake hatch has started on the north end of the lake. Lake trout fishing has been good on spoons in 60 feet of water. Bass fishing along the shore continued to be good, with a variety of plastic baits working.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: When the rivers aren’t up from rain events anglers were catching walleye and smallmouth bass. Jigs tipped with night crawlers were working for the walleye and tube jigs for the bass.
Whitney Point Reservoir
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along the shoreline, with crankbaits working well. Trolling with worm harness and night crawlers has been producing lots of walleye action – many under the 18-inch size limit, though. Walleye were also being taken on jigs tipped with leeches. White crappie fishing has been good, with a few very large (14-15-inch) crappie being caught.