Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

It’s that time of year when the focus is clearly on hunting and will continue to intensify. The statewide trout, general regulations trout season has ended as well. So not much to report on the fishing front and, while we’ve heard of a few bears and bucks taken, that’s about it

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

Nothing on the fishing front, with hunting seasons in full swing and attracting most of the attention of sportsmen.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

Delaware East Branch: Closed above Shinnople. It is low and clear.  It has Olives on the water all the way down to Hancock. The lower half is at an easy nymphing level. 

Esopus: Open until Nov. 30. Small Olives and a few Caddis. Spawners are usually caught on nymphs and streamers.

Catskil Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

Lake Ontario: Salmon were still spread out and were being taken in 80 to 400 feet of water. A good starting point continues to be in the 80- to 100-foot depths around river mouths. Flasher and flies, spoons, J-plugs and cut bait were all working. Things can change quickly when fish decide to head to the tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not marking or catching fish.

Oneida Lake: Yellow perch fishing has been good in the 12- to 15-foot depth range, with minnows working best. Walleye were still being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stick baits, blade baits, bucktail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses all working. It shouldn't be long before the shore walleye bite starts to pick up; some more seasonable weather would help. A few anglers have been out, but overall the night bite has been slow. Casting stick baits from shore just before and after dark can often be very good in the fall on Oneida. Bass fishing has been good both shallow and deep. Bass were still keying on young of the year gizzard shad or yellow perch. Anglers using Alabama rigs with swimbaits have been having some good action. Gizzard shad are running small this year so it may pay to downsize your baits.

Oswego River: There were some salmon coming into the river each day and fish were being taken throughout the river. Try egg sacs, skein, egg-imitating plastics and flies.

Salmon River: There were still a few fish coming in each day but still no big runs as of last week. Fish were being marked in the lake and being seen in the estuary. Fish were being taken throughout the river, with the deeper pools seeing the most action. 

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass fishing has slowed, but some were still being taken in shallow water on plastics, spinnerbaits and jigs. Still no word on any yellow perch activity yet.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Trolling was producing lake trout, with flasher and flies, and spoons working well. Trolling 70 to 90 feet down has been a good starting point.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Not hearing anything lately.

Keuka Lake: Jigging was producing lake trout around The Bluff area.

Owasco Lake: Anglers jigging for lakers were getting some fish, with both spoons and plastics working.

Otisco Lake: The lake level is down some, so use caution when boating. Tiger muskies were hitting on spinnerbaits or swimbaits cast along the shoreline or weed edges.

Skaneateles Lake: Yellow perch were hitting small minnows fished in 15 to 25 feet of water.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Smallmouth bass and walleye were hitting on crankbaits, while channel catfish are biting on jig and minnows fished in the deeper holes. A few muskies were taken on the Chenango by anglers using crankbaits or spinnerbaits.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Nothing to report.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

The best fishing during of late was off Montauk Point, where boat anglers limited out on stripers and sea bass and caught buckets full of porgies and many bluefish on a single trip. Most of the stripers were between 15 and 20 pounds, with a few fish into the high 20-pound class being caught on each trip. The most productive method was trolling bucktails tipped with pork rinds on wireline rigs. Diamond jigs also worked well. Stripers in the 30-pound class and larger were caught on live porgies, but fewer stripers were caught live baiting than trolling or jigging.  

Surfcasters scored on stripers in the Montauk surf from the Town Beach around The Point to the North Side, with a 50-pound plus fish reported.  Stripers were caught steadily on the night tides and during the day when the stripers blitzed the surf. Bluefish were caught on an equal ratio to striped bass during the daytime blitzes. At night, the bulk of the catch was stripers. The fish were mostly large teen-sized stripers and blues from 5 to 8 pounds. 

Bluefish were mixed in with the stripers, with the best bluefishing occurring during slack tides and when the current slowed. Once the current ran fast, anglers reported nearly all the fish were stripers. The blues averaged 4 to 10 pounds. The best fishing occurred on the rips and reefs on the north side of the lighthouse. The stripers moved from spot to spot during the report period, so anglers needed to find out where the stripers were holding. But once the fish were found anglers limited out on stripers within a few hours.  

Fly-fishermen caught numerous false albacore on crease flies and 1/0-white Deceivers and other bay anchovies patterns by fishing under the flocks of birds off Montauk Point.  Light-tackle anglers scored in the same area using Deadly Dicks and other thin-profile tins. The false albacore were around 10 pounds.

Teen-sized stripers and cocktail-sized bluefish were caught by anglers fishing clam bellies and fresh skimmer clams on the outer bars of Moriches, Fire Island and Jones inlets. The best fishing occurred during the outgoing tide. Anglers trolling wire just outside the inlets did well on larger bass bunker spoon and bucktails. Blues were caught on umbrella rigs, along with short stripers. Anglers fishing inside the inlets using eels and live bunker at night scored with bass in the 40-pound class and larger.

The South Shore inlets are holding some of the biggest stripers in the area; there are not a lot being caught but enough to make the trip for a trophy worth the nighttime outing.

Surf anglers fishing the ocean beaches caught stripers and blues during the early mornings and late afternoons on tins and poppers.  During the midday and night tides, fresh bunker chunks were the top baits.

Porgies were caught non-stop on the north side of Montauk on the flats and north area. Anglers used fresh skimmer clams and drifted over hard bottom for porgies up to 3 pounds. A few sea bass were mixed in with the porgies, but better sea bass fishing was found off Fishers and Block islands. Further to the west, Captain Des of the Celtic Quest Fleet reported excellent porgy and sea bass fishing in the Middle Grounds off Port Jefferson. Excellent porgy fishing was reported in Gardiner’s Bay and The Peconics.  The areas around Jessup’s Neck and Rodger’s Rock were typically good.  Fresh skimmer clams were the top porgy and sea bass bait in all areas.

Excellent blackfishing was found off Fishers Island and Block Island.  Green, Asian and hermit crabs all worked well. The blackfish averaged around 3 pounds, but blackfish to 8 pounds were caught on each trip.  

The blackfishing in New York Bight to Shinnecock Inlet, as well as in the Long Island Sound, improved with the cooling water temperatures.  Large blackfish moved into the artificial reefs and onto the hard bottom found in 30 feet of water in the Sound.

The sea bass season closed in federal waters but reopened on Oct. 18.  Anglers caught larger sea bass on the inshore artificial reefs and wrecks.  Triggerfish, especially from Debs Inlet into New York Bight, were caught with the sea bass. A good amount of porgies was caught in the same areas.  

A few pollock and codfish were reported by anglers working the offshore wrecks for sea bass and blackfish.

Yellowfin, albacore and bigeye tuna were caught by anglers fishing the offshore canyons. The tuna bite was best on chunks at night, but a fair number of bigeye were caught at first light while trolling. Mahi continued to be caught by the tuna anglers.  A few sharks – mostly makos and browns – were raiding the nighttime chunk baits.

The freshwater fishing was good for largemouth bass and panfish.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014r

Some big bears have already been taken in the region. Not hearing a lot from bowhunters looking for whitetails. Plenty of antlerless deer in most units, however.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

St. Lawrence River: Awaiting reports of some of the river’s big muskie catches, but not hearing much lately.

Black Lake: Not hearing a lot on the fishing front now that the Northern Zone big-game hunting seasons are going strong.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - October 30th, 2014

DEC’s Randolph Fish Hatchery has been conducting its annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. All breeder trout stocked are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted year round. The following waters were stocked earlier this month: Quaker Lake received 100 brown trout (24 inches); Red House Lake received 190 brown trout (18-24 inches); Birch Run Ponds received 25 brook trout (18 inches); Case Lake received 150 brook trout (14 inches) and 75 rainbow trout (22 inches). Call the Randolph hatchery’s stocking hotline at (716) 358-4950 for updates.

Lake Ontario and tributaries: As far as the salmon run in the tributaries, there’s been some improvement. A modest increase was realized earlier this month Eighteen Mile Creek and other tribs were starting to see some more fish with the influx of fall weather. The best fishing has been for brown trout at Burt Dam, with a few salmon and steelhead mixed in. Better fishing for salmon has not been at the dam but down the creek in the lower sections from boat or off the piers at night. Things could very well be red hot by now. Some night fishing has also been taking place out in the lake by anglers casting glow-in-the-dark spoons or rattlebaits – anything that can get their attention. Trolling large J-13 Rapalas in the harbor early morning or just before dark is another good approach, as is drifting treated egg skein in some of the deeper holes. Smaller egg sacs or egg imitations will work on the trout, too. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass, walleye and perch were all on fire at last report. Best bass action was from 28 to 45 feet of water; best perch was 60- to 70-foot depths between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point; walleye could still be caught in those same general areas off Sturgeon Point and the Catt. In the tributaries, Cattaraugus Creek was still the best bet, all the way up to the dam in Springville. Other tributaries were low and clear at last check. Casting the creek mouths at the lake with spoons or spinners should also catch you a few trout. Small stick baits will also work. 

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing was still going strong in the upper river and muskie action was starting to pick up a notch, too. For bass, live bait like shiners, crayfish and worm harnesses will all catch fish. Tubes, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics will all catch fish as well. Local fly-fishing expert Rick Kustich has been picking up a few muskies up to 42 inches long on the fly by targeting the outside weed edges where the bottom drops off. Large tubes or body baits can also produce some fish this time of year. Some perch were being caught off Broderick Park and around the Ontario Street boat launch area on shiners. 

Lower Niagara River: The lower river run seemed to be slowing down a little but some good fishing still exists. Options were available from boat and shore for salmon, with a few trout also being reported. From shore, hiking into the gorge at the Whirlpool or Devil’s Hole were great options for those who like to rough it. The New York Power Authority fishing platform was another easier option to deal with thanks to a shuttle service that runs daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Lot C at the Visitor’s Center up above off Lewiston Road adjacent to Niagara University. Access is also available along Artpark, but most of that area is best for trout. Boaters can work the Devil’s Hole area for the best salmon options, drifting treated egg skein off three-way rigs. Just ask 16-year-old Ben Bailey of Youngstown, who was fishing with his dad Stephen last earlier this month. Using some “magic eggs” from Creek Road Bait and Tackle, the young angler reeled in his first salmon – a 20-something pound king. With fishing pressure down from boats in Devil’s Hole, action has actually improved. Downriver, bass action was still an option – especially around Fort Niagara and the Coast Guard station. Live bait, spinnerbaits or tubes will all catch fish this time of year.

Chautauqua Lake: Muskie fishing on the lake continued to be some of the best in recent memory, according to local guide Craig Robbins. Trolling outside weed edges with large perch-pattern stick baits was the top approach right now but you can also catch these fish by drifting or casting. Walleye were hitting in the deeper holes around Chautauqua Institution’s Bell Tower and Upper Dewittville Bay. Jig with spoons, shiners or jigging Rapalas. You can also drift the weed edges with shiners to pick up some ’eyes. Smallmouth bass fishing has improved at Warner’s Bar, Maples Springs and Long Point, as well as around Lakewood Bar. Largemouth can still be found around the docks and in other shallow water areas. Use topwaters, tube jigs or other plastics.  

Orleans County: The Waterport Bridge was set to re-open to traffic after being closed most of the summer for repairs. Rain brought water levels in all of the tributaries within Orleans County to an average to slightly above average level and created slightly stained water conditions. The runs of fresh chinooks still seemed to be very strong on all of the tribs and it looks like it should continue for awhile yet. Brown trout numbers were on the increase also, with some big fish being taken. Steelhead/rainbow trout were just starting to pick up somewhat and those numbers will increase as colder weather approaches. On Lake Alice, decent numbers of both largemouth and smallmouth bass were being taken, mostly in the upper reaches of the lake.

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