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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

This is a great time of year to fish the West Branch of the Ausable, with the Trico hatch as well as Isonychias offering up consistent action as water temps cool. Stripping streamers can also yield a big brown.

On Lake Champlain, lake trout continued to offer up good action, with a double-digit fish a possibility. Bass action was goodl look for largemouths in the weeds and smallmouths on the rocks and up top. The Saranac Chain was also yielding bass and pike.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

Lake George: Smallmouth action has been rock solid in 25-35 feet, but topwater is an option as well. The lake trout fishery has been good all summer, with fish on either side of the 23-inch size minimum being taken.

Saratoga Lake: Largemouth bass fishing has become a bit more of a challenge, but things should heat up in September. Not hearing anything yet on the walleye front.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: There were a fair amount of Tricos, small Olives and midges on the water most mornings. Terrestrials like beetles and ants have also been effective.   

Delaware East Branch: Tricos have been around most mornings, moreso below Shinnople. Sulphurs were being replaced with Olives and a few Caddis.  

Delaware West Branch: Fishing well with good flows and dependable hatches. Most surface activity is from mid afternoon on. Sulphurs were still a major emergence in the upper reaches; below Hale Eddy there were fewer Sulphurs but more Olives and Caddis. Good Caddis imitations are soft hackle patterns.  

Esopus: Normal flows and has fished well most of the summer.  There were some Caddis and small Olives late day but this is a better nymph river. Patterns such as Zug Bugs and Hare’s Ears are good choices.  

Neversink: Wadeable with decent water temps to about Bridgeville. Be ready to fish nymphs. Hatches tend to be more spotty than on other rivers but are generally closer to dark.Tricos are present in the morning.  Caddis are present most evenings and there are small Olives at dark.  

Delware Main Stem: In decent shape and floatable. Water temps warm quickly below Buckingham.  There were some Tricos in the a.m. and late day there are mostly small Olives and a few Caddis.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - August 7th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Salmon were still being found over a wide depth range, from 100 to 300 feet. A variety of trolling methods were working to get lures down, such as 200 to 300 feet of copper, lead core, Dipsy Divers and downriggers. Flasher and flies and spoons were working for the salmon, depending on the day. For lake trout troll cowbells and peanuts (small plugs) near bottom in 100 to 120 feet of water.

Oneida Lake: Look for smallmouth bass around the shoals with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and bass jigs. Walleye were being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with worm harnesses, jigs tipped with a nightcrawler and blade baits. Some walleye were also still being taken in 10 to 15 feet of water on the same baits. 

Oswego River: Look for smallmouth bass with tube baits or crayfish. Try crayfish, nightcrawlers or cut-bait for the channel catfish and freshwater drum (sheepshead).

Salmon River: Some smallmouth bass were being taken in the lower river and some 2-year old brown trout were being caught in the middle river. A water release last month did bring a few Atlantic salmon into the river.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Anglers continued to catch some nice bass along shore and in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and plastics.

Sandy Pond: As the aquatic vegetation gets thicker, fishing on the pond becomes more difficult. If fishing for bass try spinnerbaits or weedless frogs.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

Lake Ontario: The Chinook salmon fishing continued to be slow, with fish scattered. It’s been a searching game looking for salmon and bait. Fish were being found from 150 to 600 feet of water. Depending on the day, flasher and flies, cut bait and spoons were all producing salmon when found. Dipsey divers, copper (350-600 feet), lead core, wire and diver and downriggers have all been working at times. For lake trout troll cowbells and small plugs near bottom in 150 feet of water. Brown trout were being found in 70 to 90 feet of water, with spoons producing fish.

Oneida Lake: Walleye fishing has been slow, which may be due to the young of the year gizzard shad finally getting big enough for the walleye to start feeding on. A few walleye were still being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water. 

Oswego River: Look for smallmouth bass in the river with tube baits or crayfish. A few walleye were also being taken by the powerhouse.

Salmon River: You never know when the first few salmon will start trickling in, but it’s usually around Labor Day when we start hearing reports of a few entering the river.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Anglers continued to catch bass in and around the weedbeds. Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and plastics.

Sandy Pond: As the aquatic vegetation gets thicker fishing on the pond becomes more difficult. If fishing for bass try spinnerbaits or weedless frogs

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

The offshore waters reached 78 degrees this report period, which is a few degrees above normal and will likely extend the offshore fishing season late into the fall. The warm water has slowed the striped bass fishing significantly but has brought mahi mahi within the 10-mile line along the South Shore beaches, along with large amounts of triggerfish. The mahi were caught trolling small feathers, spoons and on chunk baits and flies cast to lobster pots and along weed lines.

Mike at Saltwater’s Bait and Tackle reported that there were schools of mackerel just offshore. The mackerel have been hanging around for the past few weeks. This is very unusual as mackerel are typically a mid-winter fish and even over the past 20 or so winters have been spotty. Mike mentioned that this is the first time he has seen this abundance of mackerel in the summer. The mackerel schools are likely contributing the large numbers of inshore sharks that were being reported by nearshore boaters as well as surf anglers.

Surf anglers were catching sandbar sharks or brown sharks, while the boaters were also catching threshers, makos to 100 pounds, hammerheads and a few dusky sharks a few miles out of the inlets. A few of the threshers have worked their way into the South Shore bays. Surf anglers have regularly reported seeing sharks cruising the surf line attacking bluefish, bunker and mackerel. Mike also reported that large fluke were being caught in the Great South Bay, with a 10.1-pounder being weighed in by Billy Wax. Mike also weighed in a 62-pound yellowfin caught at the Hudson Canyon.  

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that there were plenty of sharks feeding on the huge amount of bunker and mackerel offshore. Most sharks coming back to the docks were threshers. A few bluefin were caught inshore, as well as some mahi. Out at The Canyons the best action has been concentrated in the Hudson, with bigeyes accounting for most knockdowns. This is by no means a hot bite as most guys are having a hard time coming home with a tuna.  Striped bass were hanging around the Ponquogue Bridge and in the ocean surf in the early morning and late evening. Most fish were of schoolie size. 

Quite a few cocktail-sized blues were being caught in the North Shore harbors and South Shore bays. The best fishing was at first light and in the late afternoons on small tins and flies. The blues were feeding on small bay baits, making them a good target for flyrodders tossing 1/0 spearing imitations. Larger bluefish were jigged at night on the open boats running out of the South Shore inlets and in the western Sound. A few stripers to 15 pounds as well as weakfish to 8 pounds were caught during the nighttime bluefish jigging trips.

Frankie at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that the snapper fishing is very good. The snappers are around 8 inches long and are attacking spearing, snapper poppers and small tins. Overall, the crabbing was good, with some very large crabs reported, but in general the numbers of crabs caught was down. Frankie also reported good fluke and northern kingfish fishing off Beach 8th street to the mouth of East Rockaway Inlet.  A few stargazers were also caught in the same area.

In general, the sea bass fishing was slow inshore and good offshore.  With the warm water temperatures the best sea bass fishing was on the wrecks and hard bottom between 90 and 120 feet of water, and in Block Island Sound. The sea bass fishing off Montauk Point was excellent, with fish to 4 pounds reported by many anglers and open boats. A few jumbo porgies were mixed in with the sea bass.

The sea bass fishing on the South Shore artificial reefs was good, with the majority of the sea bass reported as small but enough keepers caught to make targeting them worthwhile.  Clams, squid strips and small diamond jigs were all productive.

The fluke action on both the North and South shores was good, but the number of keepers was down. The usual baits, including squid and spearing combos, Gulp! baits and bucktails all produced well. Inshore, the incoming tide is best as the offshore water is a bit cooler and cleaner than the inshore water. Offshore, the fluke were scattered from just off the beach to about 90 feet of water. The largest fluke were caught on fringes of the offshore wrecks, at Cholera Banks, in Ambrose Channel and off Montauk and Orient points. The fluke fishing in Ambrose Channel from Sandy Hook to the Verrazano Bridge was good, but anglers had to cover a lot of water to find fish.

The water temperature in the East End bays and Sound was reported to be 80 degrees, resulting in slow porgy fishing.  The best porgy fishing was in Gardiner’s Bay and off Orient Point on clams. Good porgy fishing was reported off New Rochelle in the western Sound. Heavy chumming with clams improved the fishing significantly.  

Carp continued to be caught on corn and doughballs. The panfish action remained good. The best largemouth bass fishing was reported by anglers fishing early morning using poppers and spinnerbaits.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

As waters cool, walleye action could start to heat up. That said, spots like the East Branch Croton Reservoir, Swinging Bridge Reservoir, Rio Reservoir and Wallkill River (New Paltz section) are worth a look.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Pike and perch action has been decent of late. Not hearing much on bass and walleye.

Black Lake: It’s a great time of the year to fish for smallmouths; remember the 15-inch size minimum on the lake. You’ll also likely encounter a pike while targeting bass.

Chapman's Black Lake

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Some mature kings have been coming in the 60- to 100-foot range in front of Olcott and to the west, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Cutbait, flasher-fly rigs, magnum spoons and, to coincide with the time of year, J-plugs were all taking fish. Some boats have been heading to the 28-30 GPS line for fish, but each day makes a difference as to where the active fish are. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Smallmouth action has been spotty, with the better fishing around the Buffalo area. Live bait like crayfish and shiners were catching some fish, but tubes and drop-shot rigs will catch their share. You will have to work for them in 25- to 40-foot depths. Walleye fishing was slow, too. The better walleye bite has been to the west, from Cattaraugus Creek to Dunkirk. Walleye can be found out as deep as 115 feet of water off Dunkirk on harnesses and sticks. At the Catt, try in 65- to 75-foot depths with the same baits. Lakers were in 60-75 feet of water west of Dunkirk to Brocton Shoal. 

Upper Niagara River: Bass and walleye were still options in the hole in front of Strawberry Island and at the head of the river. Worm harnesses or crayfish were good bets. Don’t forget the Erie Canal as an angling option, especially for carp.

Lower Niagara River: Worm harnesses are the best approach for boaters, drifting the bottom with three-way rigs in the river or on the Niagara Bar for walleyes. Power trolling on the bar is another tactic that can produce some nice ‘eyes, using worm harnesses or stickbaits. Kwikfish were taking some fish off three-way rigs, too. Bass continued to be pretty finicky but fish were available from the Bar to Devil’s Hole. 

Chautauqua Lake: Perch fishing has been good off the Bell Tower at Chautauqua Institution, where a good-sized school has been hanging around in 20 feet of water, according to Craig Robbins. Musky casters were doing well tossing bucktail spinners over weedbeds in front of We Wan Chu cottages and off Prendergast Point near the launch. Largemouth bass were being caught in the shallows near weedbeds and around the docks.

Orleans County: On Lake Ontario some east winds kept the fish fairly scattered, yet warm water has remained on the inside waters. Even with that very few mature salmon ound their way to those waters. One report has all of the action on those inside waters taken with meat rigs. Farther on out the 24 to 25 lines fishing has been just okay, with more fish and bait fish in the 28 to 30 line area. Copper rigs and downriggers with flasher/fly combinations seemed to be producing the majority of catches.

On the inland waters of Orleans County things should start picking up on the lower stretches of The Oak with spawning season not too far off.

On Lake Alice, some bluegill were still being taken around the Waterport Bridge for those willing to work for them. Great catches of smallmouth bass were being reported on Lake Alice and the Erie Canal

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