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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Even though bass season opened June 13 on Lake Champlain, we’ve been hearing more about the fine lake trout action, with some double-digit fish being taken. And Champlain’s South Bay has been yielding catfish and northern pike. The West Branch of the Ausable, as well as other trout waters in the region, benefited from a shot of heavy rain and cooler temps earlier this month.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Fishing on Lake George has been decent, with more anglers now targeting bass now that the regular season has opened. Lake trout were being caught about 60 feet down, according to the folks at FISH307.

Stream fishing for trout has been as up and down as the water levels, which have fluctuated greatly this season. But the Mettawee, Battenkill and other waters are work a look.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were fishable at last check.  Mornings have seen some small Olives, Caddis and leftover spinners. Water temps were not a problem.  Nymph fishing has been productive. 

Delaware East Branch: Fishable at last look. Hatches have been hard to predict, with some days better than others. Evenings have been better for dry flies.  

Delaware West Branch: Fishable with decent water temps as of last week. Some large Olives in the a.m. while late day there are scattered Sulphurs, small Olives and spinners. 

Esopus: Fairly clear with a normal flow. Hatches include Caddis, Sulphurs and Isonychia. This river generally has a good isonychia hatch. 

Neversink: In good shape with good water temps above Bridgeville. Most of the surface activity is close to dark; small BWOs are a major hatch all summer long. There are also some Caddis and spinners at dark. 

Delaware Main Stem: Floatable at last look. Water temps can be a problem below Buckingham. Most dry fly fishing is close to dark.

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Strong winds made getting out on the lake difficult, then the rains came. When anglers can get out they are getting some nice brown trout in 50 to 60 feet of water on stick baits, with early morning being the most productive. If surface conditions are calm try using side planers to get the stick baits away from the boat. For lake trout troll cowbells and peanuts (small plugs) near bottom in 100 to 200 feet of water. Steelhead were hitting small spoons fished 40 feet down over 200 feet of water. Chinook salmon have become more scattered and have been difficult to locate and catch.

Oneida Lake: Walleye fishing continues to be hit-or-miss. Using jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, or blade-style baits in 15 to 20 feet of water continues to be good starting point for the walleye. If not catching fish keep covering water and searching, as walleye are also being taken in water as shallow as 5 feet and as deep as 35 feet. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Bass anglers should try 5 to 15 feet of water with crankbaits or tube jigs.

Oswego River: Heavy rains had the river raging, so no new information to report.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and if conditions allow you to get out there are mandatory PFD zones on the river.

Salmon River: High flows and not much happening at last check.

Irondequoit Bay: A few walleye were being taken by anglers trolling after dark with stick baits.

Sodus Bay: Look for bluegills, rock bass and crappie in the shallow areas of the bay. Try tube baits.

Sandy Pond: Northern pike were being taken on stick baits, as are a few walleye. Bluegill were being taken near shore on worms or small jigs.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

(Note to anglers: Heavy rains last week created treacherous boating conditions and prompted a small craft advisory on some Finger Lakes. If you head out keep an eye out for floating debris; there is lots of it out there.)

Cayuga Lake: Before the rains, fishing had picked up and anglers were getting lake trout trolling spoons or jigging with plastics in 50 to 75 feet of water. Yellow perch were hitting small minnows or jigs fished along the shoreline.

Seneca Lake: Use caution if you go. There is some serious debris – big stuff – floating around the lake right now. Before the high water conditions, lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling or jigging in 50 to 150 feet of water. Atlantic salmon were being taken by trolling stick baits or spoons, anywhere from just below surface to 40 feet down.

Canandaigua Lake: Fishing has been slow. Try trolling spoons in 90 to 100 feet of water for lakers.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet were still catching lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working well. Trolling was also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies in 100 to 170 feet of water. Keep an eye out for floating debris.

Owasco Lake: Some lake trout were being taken on spoons trolled in the south end in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Otisco Lake: Tiger muskies are hitting along the shore in 8 to 10 feet of water, and also in the north end. Casting chatterbaits (also called a bladed jig) with a swimbait trailer over weedbeds was working well. Don’t forget to use the wire leader. If tigers follow but don’t hit, try doing a Figure 8. Bass anglers were getting a mix of smallmouth and largemouth bass casting small crankbaits or Senko-style baits along the shoreline out to about 10 feet of water. A few walleye were being taken by anglers trolling or casting after dark.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore were still getting a mixed bag of smallmouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. That may have changed with the heavy rains, however, which dramatically slowed fishing activity.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: The rivers were running high and chocolaty, making the June 20 bass opener a non-event. Not hearing much lately.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Look for crappie along the shore; they were being caught on both jigs and small minnows. Try jigs, worm harnesses, or crankbaits for walleye. Bullhead and channel catfish should be hitting on nightcrawlers; also, try cut bait for the catfish.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

New York Harbor anglers report excellent striped bass fishing in the areas south of Governor’s Island, on the flats below the Battery and near the Statue of Liberty on fresh bunker chunks. The best fishing occurred during the night outgoing tides. The stripers averaged 15 to 25 pounds, with several fish per boat common.  There were a few large bluefish  mixed in with the striped bass.

The striper and bluefish fishing was very good for anglers trolling wire line and umbrella rigs or tubes off Montauk Point and around Shelter Island. Live bait anglers also did very well in the rips around the Point. The striper fishing off Orient Point continued to be very good for anglers drifting dark-colored bucktails in The Gut after dark. Light-colored bucktails were a better choice during the daylight hours. 

There were good reports of striped bass taking clams at the South Shore inlet bridges and bars. Most of the bass were in the 5- to 8-pound class, with a few keepers reported.

The bluefish bite continued to be very good both inshore and offshore, but the fishing has slowed a bit.  Anglers reported widespread cocktail blues in all the North Shore and South Shore bays and harbors. Off Montauk Point there was very good bluefishing reported, with blues in the 6- to 10-pound range being diamond jigged and trolled on umbrella rigs. In New York Bight and in the Western Sound the bluefish action was good for anglers diamond jigging the night tides or drifting bunker chunks outside the harbor mouths during the day.

A large number of blue sharks were caught near the offshore wrecks and along the fingers south of Shinnecock Inlet and out to Montauk Point. Blue sharks were also reported around the old NA buoy. A few makos were mixed in with the blue sharks. The best shark fishing occurred in 150 to 180 feet of water.

The South Shore bays are holding a fair amount of fluke, with the percentage of keepers to shorts very high. The action is less than in the past few seasons, but the size of the fish is larger. The best action occurred during the outgoing tides. The Great South Bay is beginning to show the start of the summer algae bloom, which typically moves the fluke into the inlets where the incoming tide brings in the cleaner water, making it the tide of choice.

The fluke fishing in the ocean was very good in 40 to 60 feet of water, with many fluke in the 5- to 8-pound class reported. Pool fluke were consistently over 6 pounds.

The fluke fishing off the North Shore beaches was good between Port Jefferson and Orient Point.  White bucktails tipped with squid or pork rinds was the top producer. The fluke fishing just outside the harbor mouths was also very good on both bucktails and spearing and squid combos.

There were a fair amount of weakfish reported between Amityville Cut and Lindenhurst Cut in the North Channel of the Great South Bay. White bucktails and Bass Assassins were the top lures. The best action occurred during the outgoing tides that coincided with dawn or dusk and when the boat traffic was quiet. Most of the weakfish were between 1 and 5 pounds.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that the fluke bite off Greenport has slowed to a crawl. Porgies are at Jessup’s and Rogers Rock. The first reports of porgies from the north end of the Shinnecock Canal were reported last week. A few fluke were caught in the south end of the canal, along with some cocktail blues and an occasional striper taken on live bunker. Over at the Ponquogue Bridge you can still fish at the base of both north and south sides as well as on the floating dock on the south side. These areas are producing fluke and bluefish on the day tides and bass on the night tides. The jetties of the Shinnecock Inlet are seeing plenty of big bluefish, along with a few stripers caught on bucktails at night. The ocean beaches were showing some signs of life at first light with a few stripers reported. 

Porgies to 2 pounds and a few ling were reported on the South Shore artificial reefs on clam strips. The porgy fishing in The Peconics and Gardiners Bays, as well as off Montauk Point was spectacular, with many porgies in the 3-pound range.

Guy Zummo 

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Hudson River: The striped bass run has come to an end but anglers did still catch some smaller fish earlier this month. Now that bass season has opened, fishing pressure should pick up on hot spots like New Croton Reservoir, Muscoot Reservoir, Middle Branch Reservoir, Sylvan Lake, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Reservoir.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing much on the heels of the heavy rains. But fishing should pick up as things calm down.

Black Lake: A lot of the fishing attention has now turned to bass with the regular season now open. Remember, if you plan on keeping any fish, there’s a 15-inch size minimum on this lake.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: It’s all about the wind right now. After consistent east wind on the lake, cold water was stacked along the shoreline. Locating bait and some warmer water temperatures should both be important to finding some hungry fish. For the recent tournaments, spoon programs worked best.

Lake Erie and tributaries: The walleye bite was on fire until the weather patterns changed. If we get some stable weather conditions again the fishing should improve. Worm harnesses off three-way rigs or trolled are both effective techniques. From Buffalo to Seneca Shoal, try to stay in 30-40 feet of water. East of Cattaraugus Creek has been good in 50- to 60-foot depths. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty. Reports of bass starting to go on their beds are coming in. Some anglers have been targeting the shallows in 5 to 8 feet of water to take some fish.

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing has been decent throughout the river system. Great Lakes muskie season opened on June 20, too. The Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing contest is set for June 27-28, the state’s Free Fishing Days weekend. For info go to www.fishgatewayharbor.net  or call the Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce.

Lower Niagara River: The moss was starting to show up, but that hasn’t kept people from fishing yet. Shore fishermen in the gorge and off the fishing platform have been doing well on smallmouth bass. Bass can also be found toward the mouth of the river. Look at casting tubes, spinners or jerkbaits in 5 to 8 feet of water as some of these fish start to spawn. A few trout were still hanging around the river system, but it won’t be long before they are gone for the summer. Boaters were using three-way rigs baited with an egg sac, a minnow or a Kwikfish. Both steelhead and lake trout were being reported.

Chautauqua Lake: The inland muskie season is now open throughout the state. Muskie trollers were doing well in the southern basin from Lakewood Beach to Ashville Bay. Stay in 10 to 12 feet of water and troll 2.1 to 2.6 mph, according to local muskie maven Craig Robbins. Black and white over-sized jerkbaits work well. Bass fishermen were working green 3-inch tubes around Rock Island; white tubes around Warner’s Bar. The crappie bite has slowed and there was no consistent news on walleye.

Orleans County: The summer LOC Derby is well under way and there were no entries in the salmon division at last look. It’s also interesting that the top five lake trout were all caught out of Point Breeze during the Oak Orchard Open Tournament, as was the first-place steelhead. Now that the west end tournaments are pretty well wrapped up some good fishing information should be somewhat easier to obtain. Out of “The “Oak,” reports have a good mixed bag of fish being taken in the top 50 feet of water in the 150 to 200 feet depth range. Spoons have been taking most of the fish to this point. Riggers, planer boards, Dipsy divers, lead lines and copper rigs are all taking fish. On the tributaries, small lakes and the Erie Canal within Orleans County, fishing for the warmwater species is on the upswing. Lake Alice was still producing a fair number of both bluegill and crappie, along with an occasional northern pike.

Bass season is now open, which will increase fishing pressure on that species. On June 27 the annual Glenwood Lake Carp Derby will take place. 

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