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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

We’re now in the in-between season as we transition from ice to open water. Not hearing much right now as anglers – especially backcountry brook trout pursuers – await open water.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Most of the focus has been on the region’s trout waters, although conditions have been less than idea. The Battenkill, Mettawee and Kayderosseras rivers are options.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Fishing has been slow, with most fish caught on nymphs. Wading would be limited.

Delaware East Branch: Running high, with limited wading.  

Delaware West Branch: Was still somewhat high, and floating would be a better option than wading right now. Like other rivers, fishing has been slow.  

Neversink: Wadeable and mostly clear. 

Delaware Main Stem: Too high to wade and had some color at last check.

Caskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Tributaries are thawing out so steelhead fishing should be picking up. Streams like Maxwell Creek are becoming were running high so be prepared to deal with high and murky water.

Oneida Lake: Not hearing much now that ice fishing is over.

Oswego River: Steelhead action has picked up with the warmer conditions and more anglers have been getting out.

Salmon River: There are reports of some fresh steelhead being taken on eggs sacs (blue or pink mesh), trout beads and pink trout worms. The Upper Fly area opened on April 1.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Among recently stocked trout waters are:

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

Livingston County: Little Dansville Creek (Nunda).

Ontario County: Canandaigua Outlet (Phelps, Manchester).

Steuben County: Post Creek (Hornby), Cohocton River (Cohocton, Avoca), Meads Creek (Campbell), Canaseraga Creek (Dansville), Canisteo River (Hornellsville), Bennett Creek (Greenwood).

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

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

Cayuga, Owasco and Skaneateles lakes: Ice fishing is no longer an option, but there should be rainbow trout in the tributaries, along with fish holding preparing to spawn. 

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

The freshwater temperatures have risen a few degrees and the majority of the DEC trout stocking program has been completed. This has resulted in very good trout fishing for brown and rainbow trout in all the stocked waters. A few holdover trout from last and prior years were reported; they’ve been larger than the largest stocked fish. Check out the DEC website for a complete listing of stocked waters.

The cod and pollock fishing have significantly improved during this report period. Boats have had a tough time getting out of the inlets on many days due to the persistent high winds and seas, but those that did make it out were rewarded with some of the biggest cod of the season. Cod at the 20-pound mark were caught by many anglers and pool fish closing in on 40 pounds were not uncommon.  Compared to 6-pound average fish and pool fish around 12 pounds earlier in the season, we are off to a fantastic spring cod and pollock run.

This quality fishing was reported out of all ports with the boats running out of Jones Inlet and to the east reporting the best catches on the deep water wrecks. Large ling were caught on all the wrecks. Expect this excellent fishing to continue into mid-May as the ocean is colder than normal for this time of year, thereby extending the groundfish season.

The flounder season has opened, but few fish were reported. A fair number of seals have been reported by the flounder anglers as the water temperatures are around 40 degrees.

The herring bite at Magnolia and Canarsie piers and other usual spots should pick up soon.

Guy Zummo 

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Your best options now are these trout waters, which have been scheduled for stocking:

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

Putnam County: East Branch Croton River, West Branch Croton River, Diverting Reservoir, West Branch Reservoir.

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

Orange County: Ramapo River, Moodna Creek, Shawangunk Kill, Rutgers Creek.

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

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Ice anglers have pretty much taken their last shots, and we can’t in good conscience recommend trying any hard water now. Spring bullhead fishing could be an option.

Black Lake: Not much happening now.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - April 17th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: A fair number of anglers were hitting the streams, the piers and the lake to take advantage of some increased activity of fish. At Burt Dam, some steelhead have started spawning but a good brown trout bite was being reported. Shoreline trollers were starting to pick up a few more trout and even an occasional Coho.  

Lake Erie and tributaries: Tributary action has been decent for many of the streams off the lake, with a mix of fresh fish and trout that are spawning.

Upper Niagara River: Casting the shoreline in the upper rapids area could produce a few trout with an egg sac, spoon or spinner. 

Lower Niagara River: With the influx of additional water in the Niagara River with the April 1 water flow changes, trout fishing really turned on, according to Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. He was reporting good catches for customers in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark on pink egg sacs. Minnows have also been working for three-way drifters from boats. Shore fishermen have also been doing well, too. 

Chautauqua Lake: Some of the canals have opened up for some early crappie action.  

Orleans County: The warmer weather has really brought the entire fishery within Orleans County to life. The near-shore waters of Lake Ontario are producing some great brown trout on stickbaits and flutterspoons off planer boards, on very shallow riggers and just longlining them. Those fishing from the shoreline and from jetties are also doing well using stickbaits and casting spoons. The tributaries within Orleans County still have good numbers of steelhead in them, from the lake all the way to the first impasse. Other species are starting to show up, including suckers, perch, walleye and some bass. Lake Alice has sprung to life with rock bass, perch, bluegills, channel cats and smallmouth bass. It won’t be long before the Erie Canal starts regaining its water and offers even more fishing opportunities.

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