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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - May 13th, 2016

You won’t hear a lot of details, such as what water they’re fishing, but word is out that the backcountry brook trout ponds are yielding good numbers of fish and the occasional big fish as well. If you go, make sure you’re prepared for a remote fishing experience, and keep in mind that the black flies are starting to make their annual appearance in the Adirondacks.

On the region’s trout waters, including the West Branch of the Ausable, cold weather and water temps slowed insect activity. But Hendricksons have arrived and fishing has picked up of late. 

Not hearing a lot lately from Lake Champlain and Schroon Lake anglers, which could simply mean many are pursuing spring gobblers right now instead.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

Great Sacandaga Lake was yielding a few walleye as well as the occasional brown or rainbow trout. Weather slowed fishing pressure and made it difficult to get any reports.

The Mettawee and Battenkill should be offering excellent trout fishing heading into June.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskill Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were clear and wadeable and in good shape. There is a mix of Caddis, Sulphurs, March Browns and small spinners.  

Delaware East Branch: Was at a good fishing level with easy wading. March Browns were showing up, along with spinners and Sulphurs.  The water below East Branch is good Green Drake water, as well.   

Delaware West Branch: Best floated at last check. There were small BWOs, spinners, some Caddis and some Sulphurs. Most dry fly-fishing was happening in the afternoon.  

Esopus: Clear and wadeable. The portal was closed. This river generally does not get the heavy hatches of some other rivers but it is a great nymph fishing river. 

Neversink: At a decent fishing level. The gorge was fishable at the current level. March Browns were seen mostly below Bridgeville. There were also some Sulphurs and small Olives.

Delaware Main Stem: Has fished well this spring. It now is better floated, with wading very limited. As on other rivers there are March Browns and Sulphurs as well as some Olives.  Green Drakes usually emerge first on this river. 

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web pages, as well.

Among the region’s stocked trout waters are:

Cayuga County: Owasco Outlet, Owasco Inlet, Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and North Brook.

Cortland County: Casterline Pond, 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.

Schuyler County: Potomac Pond, Foster Pond, Ballard Pond, Cayuta Creek.

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

Yates County: Keuka Lake Outlet.

Onondaga County: The county’s waters are stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com. Among the stocked waters 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: North Branch Salmon River, Salmon River, Redfield Sportsmen’s Pond, Black Creek, Rice Creek and West Branch of Fish Creek.

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


Lake Ontario: Brown trout were still being taken in 10 to 25 feet of water on stickbaits or spoons, with the early morning and late-afternoon times being better during bright sunny days. When the brown trout bite slows try moving out deeper; anglers have been getting some lake trout and chinook salmon in 100 to 150 feet of water.

Oneida Lake: Walleye season is now open and some nice fish have already been caught. Shore anglers have been having some luck casting stickbaits. For both the shore and boat anglers, early morning or late afternoon has been more productive; the bright sunny days have made mid-day walleye fishing more difficult. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds were being taken in the bays on worms. Smallmouth bass were being found in 5 to 10 feet of water on crankbaits. 

Oswego River: No word on how the walleye bite has been since the season opened. Using large stickbaits after dark is often a great way to catch walleye in the river. Bullhead were being taken around Wright’s Landing.

Salmon River: Things are slowing down on the river, which isn’t unusual for this time of year.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Look for yellow perch in the bays with small minnows. Bullhead were being taken on worms and black crappie were being caught on small minnows.

Sandy Pond: A few walleye were taken by anglers fishing stickbaits or jigs.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

Among the region’s stocked trout waters are:

Broome County: Arctic Lake, Greenwood Lake, Finch Hollow Site 1, Little Choconut 2e, Nanticoke 7a, Nanticoke Lake, Palmers Pond, Patterson Pond #1, 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, Newtown Creek, Cayuta Creek and Wyncoop Creek.

Chenango County: Bowman Lake, Jeffrey Pond, Mill Brook Reservoir, Pharsalia Y Pond, Guilford Lake, Genegantslet Creek and the Otselic River.

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


Cayuga Lake: Trolling stickbaits on the south end was still producing some brown trout and Atlantic salmon early in the morning. 

Keuka Lake: Anglers trolling stickbaits with side planers were getting some fish just below the surface, while stickbaits fished off downriggers were also producing lake trout down to about 105 feet.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken in fairly deep water: 100 to 250 feet. Look for Atlantic salmon near the surface with stickbaits, spoons or streamers.

Canandaigua Lake: Trolling near bottom in 125-200 feet of water was producing some lake trout. Browns were being taken on stickbaits and spoons trolled near the surface at the south end. Yellow perch fishing has been good on the north end, with fathead minnows and small jigs yielding fish.

Owasco Lake: Look for lake trout in 150 feet of water, and try the north or south ends for yellow perch.

Otisco Lake: Anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season were getting a few smallmouth bass on football jigs and crankbaits. Bluegills were biting on the north end along shore. For walleye, try casting stickbaits from the causeway after dark.

Skaneateles Lake: A few lake trout, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon were being taken by anglers trolling. Yellow perch fishing continued to be hit and miss. 

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for walleye in the deeper pools with jigs or crankbaits. Fishing early or late in the day has been more productive.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not much to report, but a few walleye were taken earlier this month both in the reservoir and spillway. The Dorchester docks are now in. Look for bullhead and catfish on the north end or off Keibel Road; night crawlers are always a good choice. Try minnows or small jigs around woody structure near shore for crappies.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

Overall, the fishing was excellent for stripers and bluefish. The inshore and offshore saltwater temperatures have reached the high 50s, creating ideal conditions for striped bass and bluefish. The stripers have worked their way east to Montauk Point.  The large schools of bunker that have resided throughout the winter are providing the big bait necessary for the large stripers. Bluefish traditionally follow just behind the stripers in their north and east movement and are now being caught throughout the reporting area.

South Shore surf anglers enjoyed very good action on 8- to 12-pound bluefish. These blues are the typical ones that arrive in the spring – long, lean and hungry. In the ocean surf bunker chunks was the top bait.  Anglers fishing poppers at first light or in the late afternoon, as well as those casting bucktails or tins later in the morning reported that small schools of blues would swim by, often without any surface disturbance, they would catch a few and then the action slowed until the next school arrived. These were fast-moving fish.

These same blues have worked their ways into the South Shore bays and anglers have reported similar action. But in the shallower and calmer water, they have been easier to find under flocks of birds or chasing bait to the surface. These big blues provided excellent action for flyrodders and light-tackle anglers fishing the back bays on kayaks, with Jamaica Bay particularly hot.  

Striped bass have been mixed in with the bluefish. The action has been more predictable as the stripers are continuing to settle into their spring pattern and anglers can focus on their traditional areas. Anglers clam chumming the South Shore inlet bars and bridges on an outgoing tide reported excellent action on stripers to 20 pounds, with the occasional 30-pound plus striper mixed in. During the incoming tides, the better action was on the bridges and in the inlets drifting live or chunked bunker. Deeper into the bays and in the North Shore harbors where the water is around 60 degrees, the striper action has been excellent, with most fish between 5 and 8 pounds.  As expected, there was the mix of bluefish with the stripers. Most of the inshore stripers were caught on bucktails fished in the deeper channels and holes, as well as on small swimmers, tins, poppers and flies on the shallow flats.

The winter flounder season is open until May 30. The fishing has been steadily improving on both shores as the flounder have been responding to the warm water. The fishing is not great but better than in past seasons, with more and more anglers reporting catching their 2-fish limit. The traditional mussel, bloodworm and clam baits fished in a chum slick of clams and crushed mussels were the best bets.  

A lot of fluke have been reported caught and released on the flounder baits, which is a good indicator as the season opened May 17.  Traditionally there has been an excellent early bite in the back bays and harbors on large fluke, those fish in the 5- to 8-pound class, and all indicators are that that will happen this season.

The porgy season is open, with excellent reports coming out of Montauk Point, Orient Point and throughout the Peconic Bays around Jessups. Anglers were typically catching their limits of 30 fish, with many around the 3-pound mark. Clam strips were the top bait. The past few seasons have offered excellent porgy fishing, and if the start of the season is any indicator I would expect it to be another excellent season. A good number of sea bass and blackfish were caught and released by anglers targeting porgies as their seasons are closed.

The weakfish bite was improving, with fish moving into their traditional haunts in improved numbers over the last few seasons, with fish to 8 pounds not uncommon. The bite was best in the early morning in both the Great South Bay around Ocean Beach, in the Quogue Canal and in The Peconics. Small bucktails tipped with squid strips or pork rinds, as well as plastic baits, including Jelly Worms, have accounted for most of the fish. Whole sandworms drifted just off the bottom have also produced quality fish.

A few boats continued to target cod and pollock on the ocean wrecks in water 120 feet and deeper. Most of the open boats targeting these fish are now switching over to target fluke. There have been no reports of sharks as of late, but I expect that to change soon as they are usually right behind the schools of bluefish and June is usually an excellent blue shark month.

The freshwater fishing was excellent for all species. Anglers were reporting largemouth bass, crappies, yellow perch and bluegills throughout the Island. Small lures, worms, grubs, PowerBaits and flies are all producing. There were still plenty of trout being caught.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

Hudson River striper anglers are taking their last shots of the spring as the fish migrate downriver and back to the Atlantic. The region’s stocked trout waters are grabbing most of the angling attention right now, ahead of next month’s bass season opener.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Islands Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing a lot lately, with lousy weather keeping many anglers home.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s in Hammond reports crappie action has been superb, but many fish are running small and about one in five is keeper size. Some big bluegill have been caught of late, as well as a few walleye. Northern pike fishing has been slow, and bullhead are available but fishing pressure has been light.

Chapman's Black Lake

Chaumont Bay: Walleye and pike season was off to a slow start, with low water temps keeping fish out in the rivers and creeks. And those that have dispersed were not fully recovered from the spawn and weren’t really aggressive yet. That will change quickly with warmer temps and rain. Brown trout were in shallow water along the sands south of Henderson. 

Chaumont Hardware

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - May 27th, 2016

All of Region 9’s trout waters have been stocked. Hatchery staff are now delivering additional stocking increments to the larger and more popular area waters. Anglers can call the Randolph Hatchery Fish Stocking Hotline at (716) 358-4950 or check back here for bi-weekly stocking updates. 

Among the waters recently stocked are:

Allegany County: Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar).

Cattaraugus Creek: Elton Creek (Freedom).

Wyoming County: East Koy Creek (Gainesville).


Lake Ontario and tributaries: East wind is the nemesis of the Lake Ontario salmon and trout fishermen and we’ve had a bunch of it the last couple of weeks. Despite the less than ideal conditions, it was the Yankee Troller team led by Capt. Rich Hajecki leading a field of nearly 50 boats to take the annual Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament. The one-day event target’s salmon only and the team scored the tournament limit of six salmon – all kings – and averaged nearly 18 pounds per fish. The team fished from 6 mile to 4 mile in 100 to 225 feet of water. In practice they had some bites on Dreamweaver spoons, but during the event it was all Familiar Bite Meat. Their best setup was a 150-foot diver pulling a Familiar Bite Whip Flash/Meat combo. They also had a similar combo going on a rigger. Seeking out active fish hasn’t been easy with the east wind. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: The bass bite has been slow for most. Some fish were being caught around the breakwalls in Buffalo harbor area. In the First annual 2016 Border Bass Wars with the WNY Bassmasters and the St. Catharines Bassmasters, top team was Pete Garnier and Rob LaFleur of Canada weighing in two fish totaling 11.77 pounds. Big fish honors went to Rick Kewell and David Peacock with a 6.56-pound lunker. Perch fishing has slowed on the lake for a few people we spoke with. Best area was still between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek in 45 to 60 feet of water. Walleye fishing for the opener was a little slow, too. Trolling the shoreline off Hamburg at night was producing a few fish. Water was still a little cold and action should improve as waters start to warm.

Upper Niagara River: Not too many reports to share but this should be a good time to target panfish around Grand Island and along River Road. Use minnows if you are targeting perch or crappies. Bass anglers must still use artificial baits in the river. Northern pike and walleye seasons are now open, too. The Erie Canal is open for business and offers some good fishing options this time of year.

Lower Niagara River: The lower river’s Devil’s Hole area was closed for a few days to allow for the removal of some old transmission lines. Numerous precautions were being taken – including closing boat traffic, all trails and even the Robert Moses Parkway from any traffic. Trout were still hanging on as the warmwater fish were becoming a bit more active. Kwikfish were working on lake trout; steelhead prefer shiners. Filming a TV show on the lower river recently with Mid-West Outdoors, we managed to catch seven different species of fish. The number one species we caught were numerous silver bass in the Wagon Wheel area just south of the launch ramp on swim baits. While drifting for bass, Bob George with Buck Knives had the surprise of his life – a 50-inch muskie! Check out the Facebook page for Niagara USA Fishing and Outdoors to see a video of it. Because it’s not in season, it was released immediately. It still provided a nice thrill. He was using a Strike King Rodent soft plastic bait. John Antone of Sanborn was fishing with Capt. Steve Drabczyk recently and he managed to catch five different species. Egg sacs and shiners worked best but the key was using a 7-foot leader. Some big smallmouth bass in the six-pound class were caught in the river and at the river mouth during the annual media event utilizing tubes and swim baits. The key was fishing the baits slow. 

Chautauqua Lake: Walleye were being picked up in Warner’s Bay and Ashville Bay in 8 feet of water with chartreuse worm harnesses. Early morning or evenings are best times of the day. The smallmouth bite for catch and release anglers has been a little slow but some were being picked up off Ashville Point at the drop-off in 12 to 14 feet of water with pumpkinseed 3-inch tubes.

Orleans County: Right now the bite still seems to be mainly lake trout, with some coho and steelhead action thrown in. On Lake Alice, conditions with the green algae bloom continue to improve, as does the fishing. Good catches of bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch were being reported.

No reports of late from the waters of the Erie Canal yet, but fishing action should pick up soon

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