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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - April 15th, 2016

It was one of those rare opening days when backcountry brook trout pursuers were able to find open water on their favorite ponds and score well on the ice-out brookies. Even a few anglers ventured out onto the West Branch of the Ausable River and picked up the occasional holdover fish. Cold weather stalled fishing activity, but with DEC stocking the region’s waters and warmer temps on the horizon anglers will be back out soon.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

A few stripers have been boated in the Hudson River all the way up to the Albany area, but the action had yet to really heat up.

The area’s trout waters have received stockings, among them Kayaderosseras Creek, the Mettawee and the Battenkill.

Bullhead action should be picking up at the customary spots, and Saratoga Lake has been yielding crappie

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskill Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

Caddis were around in greater numbers, more so on the main stem of the Delaware and Neversink. 

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were clear and in decent shape at last check. Hatches were scattered and mixed with some Caddis along with a few dark stoneflies.

Delaware East Branch: Clear and at a good wading level both above and below East Branch. There were a few scattered Caddis and Hendricksons but should be more prominent now. The lower section can fish well in early season.

Delaware West Branch: Was slowly dropping due to a 402 release from Cannonsville. Hatches were somewhat scattered. 

Esopus: Clear and at a fishable level as of last week. 

Neversink: Wadeable and at a normal flow. There were more Caddis than on other rivers – mostly in the afternoons. Hendricksons and Quills were few in number. Caddis show up in greater numbers from Bridgeville down. The gorge was at a good wading level. 

Delaware Main Stem: Was at a good float and wade level. Caddis have been emerging in larger numbers, with some egg layers late in the day. Like other rivers, surface activity has been spotty, with most fish feeding later in the day.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - April 29th, 2016

Most of the region’s trout waters have now been stocked. Among them:

Cayuga County: Fall Creek and North Brook.

Cortland County: East Branch of the Tioughnioga River, West Branch of the Tioughnioga, Little York Lake, Merril Creek and the Otselic River.

Madison County: Canaseraga Creek, Canastota Creek, Chittenango Creek, Cowaselon Creek, Old Chenango Canal, Payne Brook, Beaver Creek, Chenango River, Limestone Creek, Oneida Creek, Otselic River, Sangerfield River and Stone Mill Brook.

Onondaga County: Stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. The stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and can also be viewed online at fishonondagacounty.com. Among the waters recently stocked are Onondaga Creek, Spruce Pond, Limestone Creek, Green Lakes, Pools Brook, Spafford Brook, Ninemile Creek, Butternut Creek, Fabius Brook, Carpenters Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Furnace Brook and Geddes Brook.

Oswego County: Black Creek, Rice Creek and West Branch of Fish Creek.

Tompkins County: Enfield Creek, Tributary 4 of Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek, Fall Creek, Salmon Creek and Sixmile Creek.

Lake Ontario: With the improvement in the weather, anglers were able to get out on the big lake recently. Brown trout were being taken in 10 to 25 feet of water on stickbaits and spoons. Natural colors have been working, but so have bright colors, so don’t be afraid to experiment. There may still be some steelhead in the tributaries; try egg sacs, beads or night crawlers.

Oneida Lake: Look for yellow perch in the bays with small minnows or jigs. With some warm weather bullhead activity will also likely start to improve. The docks at the South Shore Launch are now in.

Oswego River: Anglers were still getting a few brown trout and steelhead on egg sacs, beads, pink trout worms. With this warming trend, bullhead fishing should improve on the river.

Salmon River: Activity has spread out some on the river as anglers pursue “drop-back” steelhead. Often these “drop-back” fish are very hungry from the rigors of spawning and can offer some exciting action when they hit a bait. Try salmon egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh; pink trout worms; single egg pattern flies; or a good old night crawler. Bottom bouncing or float fishing all these baits has been working, depending on the day. Covering water is often the key this time of year. The Upper Fly Section is now open; the season dates for the Upper Fly stretch are from April 1 to Nov. 30.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Casting spoons off the pier at Sodus was still producing some steelhead and brown trout. Look for yellow perch in the bays with small minnows. Bullhead and black crappie fishing will likely be improving with the warmer weather.

Sandy Pond: Anglers were starting to get a few yellow perch and crappies on the pond. No word on the bullhead bite, but that action should be picking up.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

Most of the region’s trout waters have now been stocked. Among them:

Broome County: Oquaga Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, East Branch Nanticoke Creek and Nanticoke Creek.

Chemung County: Eldridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Post Creek, Sing Sing Creek, Newton Creek, Cayuta Creek and Wyncoop Creek.

Chenango County: Guilford Lake, Genegantslet Creek and the Otselic River.

Steuben County: Canisteo River, Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek, Post Creek, Meads Creek and Cohocton River.

Tioga County: Catatonk Creek, Cayuta Creek, East Branch of Owego Creek, Owego Creek, and West Branch of Owego Creek.

Cayuga Lake: There were still reports of some rainbows in the tributaries. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset through May 15. Anglers were starting to get Atlantic salmon and brown trout on the south end of the lake. Both spoons and stickbaits were working. Lake trout were being found in 80 to 140 feet of water.

Seneca Lake: Look for Atlantic salmon near the surface with stickbaits, spoons or streamers. 

Keuka Lake: Jigging and trolling were producing some lake trout, but no information on what depths have been productive. 

Canandaigua Lake: Nothing to report.

Owasco Lake: There may still be some rainbows in the tributaries. Look for lake trout in 150 feet of water, and try the north or south ends for yellow perch.

Otisco Lake: No new fishing information to report, and there will probably not be any until after May 7 when walleye and tiger muskie seasons open. Suggested spots to try would be the north end for bluegills and south of the causeway for white crappie.

Skaneateles Lake: The state launch is open and the docks are in. The rain earlier this month may have helped bring in a few more rainbows into Grout Brook. Little new information for the lake, other than a real nice 24-inch Atlantic salmon was caught by an angler fishing on the lake.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Not hearing anything and probably won’t until walleye season opens.

Whitney Point Reservoir: The Dorchester docks are now in. Look for bullhead and catfish on the north end or off Keibel Road; nightcrawlers are always a good choice. 

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

The striped bass season opened to outstanding fishing for trophy-sized stripers for boaters working Raritan Bay and the Key Point area between Staten Island and New Jersey, reported Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle. A few stripers between 30 and 40 pounds were caught on whole bunker and bunker chunks. The bulk of the stripers were around 20 pounds ,with the hot setup being a tandem rig using a bucktail with a shad teaser. The shore fishing was slow for stripers.

Ralph also reported that a few anglers caught stripers around 18 inches in the back of Jamaica Bay. There were no reports of weakfish on the West End. A couple of bluefish were caught, but they were widely scattered and the fishing was inconsistent. 

The stripers made a good showing as far east as Jones Inlet, with boaters reporting catching a few keeper fish per boat. These are the stripers that have worked their way north from the Delaware Bay and will continue working their way toward the East End as the water warms. 

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle reported that Shinnecock and Peconic bays have the best showing of bait since before Super Storm Sandy – a good sign for the spring season. A few schoolie stripers were caught in the creeks and a few weakfish were caught in the canals. A few bluefish were caught around the Ponquogue Bridge, but they were not yet roaming the bays. 

The opening of the striper season in the western Long Island Sound was largely a shallow-water pattern, with kayakers and small-boat anglers doing well in five feet of water or less in the back of the bays on both sides of the Sound. Most of the fish were small and were caught on small swimmers, tins as well as flies, and were feeding on the large schools of peanut bunker in the back bays. A few keeper stripers were caught in the deeper waters of the western Sound. As the water warms the larger stripers from the Hudson River will continue to work their way westward. 

The flounder fishing was generally slow, with a dozen or so being reported on the open boats and a few private boats reporting catching their limits. The best fishing was in Jamaica Bay around the Round House and in Silver Hole and on the East End in the Quogue Canal. Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported that a few flounder were caught in Dickerson’s Channel in the Great South Bay. Sandworms and lots of chum were the best producers. Scott also reported that a few fluke were caught in the back of Shinnecock Bay. This was catch and release fishing as the fluke season does not open until May 17. As the water continues to warm, the flounder fishing as well as the striper and weakfish action will continue to improve.

Cod, ling and a few pollock and haddock continued to be caught on the ocean reefs and wrecks. Clams and jigs both produced a mixed bag of fish. 

The trout fishing continued to be very good for anglers fishing the stocked lakes and streams throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The usual mix of spinners, trout magnets, trout worms, PowerBaits, grubs and streamers were all productive. Anglers also reported improved fishing for bluegills, yellow perch, pickerel and largemouth bass.  

Guy Zummo 

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

The region’s stocked trout waters were offering consistent action with better weather and good stream conditions. Among them:

Dutchess County: Tenmile River, Webatuck Creek, Swamp River, Roeliff Jansen Kill, Crum Elbow Creek, Sawkill, Fishkill Creek, Sprout Creek and Wappingers Creek.

Putnam County: Diverting Reservoir, West Branch Reservoir, East Branch Croton River, West Branch Croton River, Croton Falls Reservoir, Peekskill Hollow Brook, Shrub Oak Brook, Pelton Pond, Stillwater Pond and Foundry Brook.

Westchester County: Kensico Reservoir, Titicus Reservoir, Cross River Reservoir, Cross River Reservoir Outlet, Stone Hill River, Mianus River, Amawalk Inlet, Amawalk Outlet, Peekskill Hollow Brook, Waccabuc River, Titicus River and Croton River.

Orange County: Ramapo River, Moodna Creek, Shawangunk Kill, Rutgers Creek, Neversink River, Shingle Kill, Walton Lake, Round Pond, Wawayanda Creek, Hessian Lake, Askoti Lake, Skanatati Lake and Island Pond.

Rockland County: Ramapo River, Minisceongo Creek, North Branch Minisceongo Creek, Mahwah River, Stony Brook, Pascack Brook, Cedar Pond Brook and Sparkill Creek.

Ulster County: Plattekill Creek, Sawkill Creek, Yager Stream, Sandburg Creek, Beer Kill, West Branch Beer Kill, Mill Brook, Rochester Creek, Rondout Creek, Verkeeder Kill, Holliday Creek and Black Creek.

Sullivan County: Callicoon Creek, East Branch Callicoon Creek, North Branch Callicoon Creek, Mongaup River, East Branch Mongaup River, West Branch Mongaup River, Middle Branch Mongaup River, Beaverkill and Little Beaverkill.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Islands Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: All sorts of options right now on the big river – crappie, perch, sunfish and bullhead. But we’re not hearing any specific reports as far as location.

Black Lake: Bullhead action has heated up with warmer weather, and anglers are also plying the water for spawning perch and sunfish.

Chaumont Bay: Perch, crappie and bullhead can all offer good action this time of year.

Chanmont Hardware

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - April 29th, 2016

Most stocked trout waters in DEC’s Region 9 have received their first stocking. The lower end of Ischua Creek had its stocking postponed earlier this month due to high water but was expected to be stocked last week. Hatchery staff will also start delivering second stockings to the larger, more popular area streams. Anglers can call the Randolph Hatchery Fish Stocking Hotline at (716) 358-4950 or check back here for stocking updates. 

Among the waters stocked with trout are:

Allegany County: Dodge Creek (Clarksville), Genesee River (Wellsville, Amity), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar), Allen Lake (Allen), Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), Black Creek (West Almond), Canaseraga Creek (Burns), Hunt Creek (Alma), Root Creek (Bolivar), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Caneadea Creek (Rushford), Canacadea Creek (Almond, Alfred), Belmont Rod & Gun Club Pond (West Almond), Vandermark Creek (Scio, Ward), Chenunda Creek (Willing), Genesee River (Amity, Wellsville).

Cattaraugus County: Forks Creek (Great Valley), Great Valley Creek (Great Valley, Ellicottville), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), South Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Case Lake (Franklinville), Harwood Lake (Franklinville), Bone Run (South Valley), Guernsey Run (South Valley), North Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Bay State Brook (Red House), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House), Elton Creek (Freedom), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), Rice Brook (Carrollton), Red House Lake (Red House), Quaker Lake (Elko), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Perrysburg Conservation Club Pond (Dayton), Maples Club Pond (Otto), Crandall Pond (Ashford), Ischua Creek (Ischua), Olean Creek (Olean).

Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (Harmony, North Harmony), Clay Pond (Poland), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), West Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Farrington Hollow Brook (Cherry Creek), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Mill Creek (Gerry).

Erie County: Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster, Marilla), Eighteenmile Creek (Boston Town Park), Clarence Main Park Pond (Clarence), Ellicott Creek (Amherst), Cayuga Creek (Lancaster), Sprague Brook Park Ponds (Concord), East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland).

Niagara County: Oppenheim Park Pond (Wheatfield), Hyde Park Lake (Niagara Falls), Gill Creek (Niagara Falls).

Wyoming County: Buffalo Creek (Java), Beaver Meadow Creek (Java), Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), Little Tonawanda Creek (Middlebury), Tonawanda Creek (Orangeville), East Koy Creek (Gainesville), Oatka Creek (Warsaw), Perry Park Pond (Perry), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls), Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), East Koy Creek (Gainesville).

Genesee County: Spring Brook (Byron), Oatka Creek (Le Roy), Dewitt Pond (Batavia).

Monroe County: Oatka Creek (Wheatland), Irondequoit Creek (Brighton, Perinton, Pittsford, Penfield).

Livingston County: Little Dansville Creek (Nunda).

Ontario County: Canandaigua Outlet (Phelps, Manchester).

If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report, call or e-mail Mike Todd at (716-851-7010 or fwfish9@dec.ny.gov.

Fishing hotlines can also be heard at (716) 855-FISH or (716) 679-ERIE.

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Spring finally arrived last week to the joy of both shore and boat fishermen. In the weather department, the bullhead contest in Wilson was a week off. Shoreline trollers are working the waters inside of 15-20 feet to take a mix of browns and coho salmon, with an occasional steelhead thrown in. Stickbaits in firetiger, rainbow trout and black-silver or black-blue have all been working off boards. Some boaters have been using spoons to take some fish as well. Casting spoons or spinners off the piers is another way to take a trout or two. Fishing minnows under a bobber will also work. In the streams, fresh trout are still available, primarily steelhead. Burt Dam and Eighteenmile Creek were still producing, but so are some of the smaller streams like Keg Creek. Fish a small jig under a float and tip it with some meat. Egg sacs will also work. Over at The Oak, one surprise for a trout caster was reportedly a 15-plus pound walleye reeled in by Matt Bedient of Lockport. He caught the monster on a jig. Walleye season is closed until May 7 and he released the lunker immediately. Walleye is a category in the LOC Derby. The LOC Derby will be May 6-15 and registrations are coming in hot and heavy now. Go to www.loc.org for details or sign up at any Niagara County location. Richard Haun of Niagara Falls braved the cold temperatures to win the Wilson Bullhead Contest earlier this month with two fish totaling 3.69 pounds. He as using nightcrawlers at Wilson Tuscarora State Park after dark. Second place was Terry Molinari of Appleton with 3.56 pounds. He was fishing near the cow bridge in Wilson with worms and shrimp at dusk and after dark. John Pittsley of Niagara Falls and Bob Shank of Wilson tied for third at 3.53 pounds but Pittsley won the tie-breaker with length of his two fish. The top youth angler was Zachary Heath with two fish totaling 2.21 pounds. Nearly 40 anglers competed in the contest. The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament, set for May 20-22 this year, has a live website now for registrations at www.lakeontarioproam.net.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Boaters are glad to see the winds dying down again so that they can chase perch. Fish can be found as shallow as 30 feet or as deep as 50 feet in areas between Cattaraugus and Sturgeon Point. You might have to move around to find the schools of perch, but when you do, you can do well. Tributaries are still holding trout, but the increase in water temperature has started to turn on panfish, bass and catfish, too. Flow was good and fresh trout are still available.

Upper Niagara River: Trout should still be available off Unity Island and out of Broderick Park, as well as off Bird Island Pier when you can get out there. Egg sacs, minnows and spoons or spinners will catch fish. Use emerald shiners for perch or other panfish. Oppenheim Park Pond in Wheatfield received 200 rainbow trout and 100 2-year-old browns recently; Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls received 1,720 brown trout and 200 2-year-old browns. Gill Creek, the outflow of the lake, also received 560 yearling browns. Those fish have been cooperating for anglers.

Lower Niagara River: Trout action has been decent of late as the weather conditions finally settle down. A call from Mike Fox of Lewiston noted that he reported good numbers of smelt and hopefully that will continue with the warmer weather finally arriving. While the Lewiston smelt festival will not be held until May 6, the early dippers can do well. Keep your fingers crossed! Trout can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Minnows, egg sacs and wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips are all good baits to use, but it seems to change daily and you need to be flexible. Steelhead and lake trout top the list; a few browns are also available. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island had the brown trout touch, using minnows to take double-digit browns on the Niagara Bar – fish up to 10 pounds. Shore casters can use spinners, egg sacs or egg imitations fished under a float. Remember that the stairs at Whirlpool State Park are closed. The NYPA fish platform is open again, as is the shoreline access and the reservoir.

Chautauqua Lake: Craig Robbins reports crappies are being picked off in the narrows between the bridge and the ferry on the Stow side of the lake. Good numbers of perch are being caught on Lakewood Bar in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Orleans County: It looks like the tributary fishing for steelhead and brown trout could be singing its swan song until fall. There are still a few of both hanging around but that shouldn’t last very long. Until fall, the tributary fishermen will have to refocus their efforts on bass and other warm water species. On Lake Alice both bluegill and crappie are becoming active as surface water temperatures approach 56 degrees. The Erie Canal folks are busy filling the canal up for the May 1 opening. The canal offers another great fishing option. Lake Ontario fishing is picking up at a fast pace. When stained water forms on the shoreline, brown trout fishing has been very good to excellent. When the on-shore water clears lake trout fishing is also good to excellent in the 60- to 100-foot depth range. Lure colors and varieties are all over the place so start with what you’ve had the most success with.

The LOC Spring Derby starts in 15 days and this is one that you don’t want to miss so sign up now.

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