Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Cool August weather has kept water temperatures down on the West Branch of the Ausable River and set the stage for some outstanding September fishing. The folks at the Hungry Trout Fly Shop report fishing has been very good on Isonychia patterns and large attractor dry flies. Double nymph rigs using stonefly and pheasant tails patternss or isonychia nymphs has been a hot ticket. Lots of Iso activity all over the river, particularly on overcast days. Decent spinner falls in the evening hours as well.

The region’s numerous ponds have been offering up good action for brookies, while the lakes have been yielding bass and pike.

Lake Champlain bass action continues to be solid, with topwater a great option this time of year. Lakers have also been active down deep.

Rob Hoffman of Pendleton in western New York visited the Adirondacks and caught his biggest northern pike while fishing Fourth Lake. The 44-plus inch fish weighed in at over 23 pounds.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Mohawk River: Walleye fishing has been very good throughout the river this summer.

Lake George: Bass continued to offer up solid action, both by dragging tubes and with top-water lures. Lakers were available to those geared up for them. A few landlocked salmon were also reported.

Saratoga Lake: Heading into fall fishing patterns, when fish are on the move and can be caught using a variety of tactics. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics are all in the mix for bass and pike. But you might have to keep moving to locate fish.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Clear and low at last look. Hatches are early or late in the day, mostly small Olives, midges and some tricos. With the current conditions a long fine leader is a must.

Delaware West Branch: Offering the most consistent insect emergence in light of a steady release rate. Small Olives are now an important hatch.  A few Isonychia and Caddis are about generally late day. The “slop” above Deposit remained a problem, making nymph fishing impossible. 

Delaware Main Stem: At a good fishable level at last check. Good nymph patterns have been stoneflies and Caddis pupa. Evenings have seen  some midges, small Olives, Caddis or spinners. 

Neversink: Wadeable and at a normal flow for summer. Most hatches have been late day. 
Delaware East Branch: Caddis are present both early and late day, along with some Isonychias late evening.

Esopus: Low and the portal was adding off-color water. It does clean up a little as it reaches Boiceville.  Some Sulphurs and small Olives are about later in the day.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Lake Ontario: Salmon were still deep and were being caught 100 to 130 feet down over 400 to 500 feet of water.

Oneida Lake: Some walleye were being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stick baits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawlers, and worm harnesses. Bass fishing continued to be good for anglers fishing around the shoals with drop-shot rigs or tubes.

Oswego River: Little has changed from last issue’s report, with freshwater drum (sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass being taken in the river. Try crayfish for the sheepshead and bass, and worms or cut-bait for the catfish.
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river.

Salmon River: No activity to report of late, but it shouldn't be too long before a few salmon start showing up.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass were still providing good action for anglers fishing along the weed edges with a variety of baits. Fishing topwaters above the vegetation was also productive.

Sandy Pond: Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult. There were still some largemouth bass being taken.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Not hearing anything on the heels of the big Elite Series bass tournament.

Seneca Lake: Fleas have been less of an issue of late, but weed mats were still making trolling difficult. Lake trout continued to be found over a variety of depths, but trolling spoons, or flasher and flies (green has been a good color) from 40 to 120 feet down over 80 to 150 feet of water continued to work. Vertical jigging was also producing lake trout over a broad range, from 55 to 115 feet of water, and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue.

Canandaigua Lake: Weed mats were also making trolling difficult on this lake, as well. Overall, fishing remained slow but a few lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 50 to 80 feet down over 80 to 200 feet of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake: Not much new. Fishing has been slow but anglers trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 foot of water were getting some lakers. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Jigging has also been slow, with fish being marked in 100 to 120 feet of water but remaining fairly tight-lipped.

Owasco Lake: Smallmouth bass were being taken on plastics in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Otisco Lake: A few tiger muskies were hitting on spinnerbaits on the north end of the lake.

Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being found in 10 to 30 feet of water. Good options are drop-shot rigs, tube jigs or live crayfish. A few lakers were being taken 50 feet down on spoons or fishing plastics.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rain events continued to make the rivers difficult to fish as of late last week. Most anglers were on the sidelines waiting for the chocolate color to change.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye were still being taken around the islands. 

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

The snapper fishing remained excellent, with fish in the 8- to 10- inch range widespread, with a few topping 12 inches. The snappers are everywhere you can fish. Small tins, spearing fished under poppers and snapper poppers all worked well, as did small crease flies fished on a fly rod. A thin stream of bunker chum behind an anchored or drifting boat improved the action.  Blowfish were caught on sandworms and clams fished near the bottom at the same locations as the snappers.

The blue crab fishing remained excellent in the South Shore bays, with the best action occurring during any moving water. 

Bluefish between 5 and 8 pounds were caught on both sides of the Sound by anglers casting topwater plugs into the rocks, rips and beach points. Larger blues in the low teens, as well as a few small stripers were mixed in with the blues. Anglers working the mid-Sound reefs caught blues in the 8- to 12-pound range on bunker chunks and diamond jigs. 

The striper fishing off Montauk Point and around Block Island remained excellent, with limits of stripers to 40 pounds being reported on live bait, trolled tubes, parachute jigs and diamond jigs. Large bluefish were mixed in with the stripers.  Some of the best fishing was reported on the night tides. The fluke and porgy fishing off Montauk Point was excellent on both the north and south sides of the point.

The ocean sea bass fishing off the South Shore was good for anglers working the lesser fished pieces of wrecks in the 15- to 20 fathoms, the artificial reefs, Cholera Banks and the McAlister Grounds. A good number of the fish were in the 4- to 5-pound class, with the rest of the catch consisting of fish about 2 pounds.  These are typical fishing conditions as the season progresses and the well-known areas get fished hard. A few large triggerfish were mixed in with the sea bass.

Good ling fishing was reported on wrecks in 80 to 100 feet of water west of Jones Inlet and in New York Bight throughout Ambrose Channel. A few cod were caught in the same area.

The heavy rains during the first half of this report period slowed the inshore fluke fishing, with the heavy runoff silting-up the waters. The ocean fluke fishing was better further offshore in 60-plus feet of water.  Anglers working the fringes of the artificial reefs and wrecks scored with fluke in the 4- to 8-pound class, as well as some porgies to 3 pounds.

On the North Shore, the fluke fishing was good just outside the harbor mouths and off the beaches.  Bucktails tipped with squid or Gulp! baits was the bait of choice.
The porgy fishing remained strong along the North Shore beaches on the west end of the Sound off Port Jefferson, and in The Peconics and Gardiners Bay. A good number of porgies were reported in Jamaica Bay. Clams and sandworms were the top baits. Triggerfish were caught off the South Shore jetties and bridge pilings in increasing numbers on small squid strips and clams.

Green bonito and mahi were trolled on small feathers, spoons and cedar jigs, as well as chummed using spearing around the reefs and wrecks in 75 feet of water and deeper. The fish were widely scattered. 

Small threshers and makos around 50 pounds were caught along the 20 fathom line, with a few sharks hooked and lost closer to the beach by fluke anglers.

Bigeye tuna to 200 pounds, yellowfin tuna and large mahi were caught by anglers trolling at The Canyons. A few blue marlin were sighted. The best fishing occurred in the warmwater eddies that break off the Gulf Stream. Canyon anglers fishing the bottom in 400 feet of water caught blue and golden tilefish. 

The freshwater fishing remained good for sunfish, yellow perch, carp, bluegill and pickerel.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Bass in the east of Hudson reservoirs have been providing most of the action. Muscoot Reservoir has been mentioned as one hot spot for largemouths. Not hearing a lot on the brown and lake trout front.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

St. Lawrence River: Bass action has been good for anglers drop-shotting in 20-30 feet. Walleye anglers were connecting late in the evening by trolling crawler harnesses. Pike could be tempted with spinnerbaits fished along weed edges.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sports in Hammond reports continued solid fishing for bass (both largemouths and smallmouths). A few walleye were reported, but crappie action has been the best he’s seen in years and never really slowed down this summer. Bluegills have been spotty, and not many pike reports of late.

Chapmans Black Lake

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - September 5th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Some mature kings are being caught while staging off creek mouths in as shallow as 40 feet of water first thing, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Fish can be caught out as deep as 100-foot depths or deeper for mature kings. Karen Evarts of The Boat Doctors suggests a new cut bait that has really caught on fire, a Pacific-based herring that is both appealing and hearty. Meat was also producing its share of fish. The 350- to 450-foot depth contour is another good stretch of lake that was producing a mix of steelhead and kings. Spoons up high; flasher-fly down deep.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing has been good of late, according to Capt. Frank Campbell. Target 20- to 40-foot depths off Buffalo and to the west toward Seneca Shoal or Meyers Reef. Tube jigs have been producing bigger fish; live bait will get you numbers (crabs and shiners fished off three-way rigs). Yellow perch action was starting to pick back up again between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek. We’ve had reports of good catches in as shallow as 45 feet and as deep as 62 feet. Capt. Joe Fonzi insists that if you do target perch in deeper water to keep whatever you catch because many of those fish just won’t survive after being hauled up from those depths. Walleye action was slowing a bit – head west and deeper. Off The Catt there were some fish being caught in 60 feet of water out to the boundary line. Off Dunkirk, walleye can be found from 85 feet to 115 feet, fishing lures or harnesses 60 to 70 feet down.

Upper Niagara River: Bass were starting to go on their fall feed, so look for good action to continue in all the traditional bass areas. Live bait like shiners, crabs and worms will catch a mix of fish; tubes will sometimes produce bigger fish. Focus your efforts in the 10- to 20-foot areas for numbers of fish; deeper holes for larger fish. The northern tip of Squaw Island has been producing some walleye from shore. Try casting spoons in the late afternoon or early morning. Bass and a mix of other fish were also available by using live bait or jigs. Ditto for other shore fishing spots like the foot of Ferry or Ontario streets.

Lower Niagara River: Fishing has been hot and cold in the lower river. Bass action can be good one day and spotty the next. Best bass bait has been crabs; tubes are a close second. Walleye action has also been spotty.

Chautauqua Lake: Muskie action continued to be good along the weed edges by trolling or casting stick baits. Trollers can also slip out to 25- to 35-foot depths and target suspended fish 15-20 feet down with large body baits or bucktail spinners. For largemouth bass, try casting spinnerbaits, tubes, top-water lures or rubber worms around the docks. Live bait will also work.

Inland trout waters: All of the area's trout streams were in good fishing shape. Tricos were hatching well in the morning hours and were the go-to pattern. Terrestrials are on the trout menu as well. When fishing streams surrounded by moderate to heavy vegetation, terrestrial imitations can be very effective. Ant patterns and foam beetles are favorites among fly anglers. Grasshopper, cricket and spider patterns can also take fish. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. If you’re a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it’s a good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.

Orleans County: The dredging crew was hard at work clearing the entrance to Oak Orchard Harbor. They were then expected to move on to Wilson Harbor. On Lake Ontario, the fishing has greatly picked up, especially for king salmon. All year classes were being reported in the 26 to 29 line area and from 40 to 90 feet down. It seems like the lure selection has returned to spoons for the most part, but spinners and flies were still taking some fish. With cold water still prevalent on the inside waters, good fishing should remain on the mid waters for a while. On Oak Orchard, the catch has been mainly bass and panfish, although some big carp were taken on The Oak during the Fish Odyssey derby

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