Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Lake Champlain continues to yield lake trout in both good numbers and size, with some double-digit fish reported. The bass action has been good for anglers dragging tubes in 18-25 feet, and evening top-water action is also a possibility this time of year.

On the West Branch of the Ausable, flows and water temps remained good at last check. Stoneflies are around, Tricos should be in the mix in midmorning, and hopper-dropper rigs can also be productive.

Bass and pike have been offering up decent action in many of the region’s lakes, including the Saranac Chain.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Bass have been the go-to species on Saratoga Lake, with a few knowledgeable walleye anglers scoring on a few of those fish. Lake George continues to offer fine fishing, both for bass and lake trout. Not hearing much on landlocked salmon. The region’s trout waters have been high on the heels of heavy rains, and some may be warming now to the point where anglers should avoid stressing the fish or go very early or late.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Both rivers were in great shape for late July but offered limited wading on the heels of some heavy rains. Tricos are in the mix in late morning. Later in the day it’s now mostly sulphurs and Light Cahills.

Delaware West Branch: Limited wading but floatable at last look. Slime was starting to present some difficulty. Hatch intensity has varied. 

Delaware Main Stem: The upper Main Stem has been fishing well, with evening the best time for surface activity. Not wadeable, however, at last report.

Delaware East Branch: Still high from the storms, but receding.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Lake Ontario: Fishing has slowed over the last few weeks as fish have become more scattered. A thermocline was starting to form and fishing should improve when it does. For now, cover water and watch your electronics for bait and fish. Salmon and steelhead were scattered and were being taken over 300 feet of water. Look for steelhead near the surface and for salmon 50 feet down.

Oneida Lake: The walleye bite continued to be good, though not as strong as a few weeks ago. Fishing 30 to 40 feet of water with stick baits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), or bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawlers was producing walleye. Some walleye were also being taken in the morning by jigging in 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good for anglers targeting outside weed edges.

Oswego River: Some freshwater drum (sheepshead) were being taken on crabs.

Salmon River: Not much happening right now.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: For bass, start shallow and work out toward the outside weed edges. Try spinnerbaits, Senkos and other plastics.

Sandy Pond: Fishing has slowed but a few northern pike were still being taken on spoons or minnows and bobbers.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Trollers were getting a mixed bag of brown trout, Atlantic salmon and lake trout on spoons. Fish were coming at a variety of depths, from 20 to 100 feet down over 110 to 140 feet of water. Water fleas were starting to make trolling difficult.Vertical jigging was producing fish in 50 to 60 feet of water. Look for largemouth bass in the north end.

Seneca Lake: Trolling black and purple spoons 40 feet down over 50 to 90 feet of water was still producing a few lakers and brown trout. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet was a good starting point for the lakers. Jigging in 40 to 50 feet of water is also working for lakers, as is fishing with alewives.

Canandaigua Lake: Trolling spoons 30 feet down was yielding rainbows, and 50 to 80 feet was good for lakers. Water fleas were making trolling difficult on the lake. It may be a good time to try vertical jigging instead.

Keuka Lake: Trolling down 40 to 80 feet over 125 feet of water was working for lake trout. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Water fleas have started and can make trolling a challenge. With the fleas starting it may pay to vertical jig instead or try flea-flicker lines. Jigging was producing fish in 110 to 120 feet of water around The Bluff area.

Owasco Lake: Jigging was still producing a few lake trout in 60 to 75 feet of water. It varies by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give both a try. Some lakers were also being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 80 feet of water. Water fleas are a problem for trollers. Smallmouth bass were being taken off the points with topwaters and drop-shot rigs. Some yellow perch were still being caught from shallow water out to 50 feet.

Otisco Lake: Walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling stick baits after dark 15 to 20 feet down. Anglers casting stick baits from shore were still getting a few walleye, but this shore fishing has become more difficult with the vegetation. A few tiger muskies were hitting bass lures and surprising some anglers.

Skaneateles Lake: The brown drake hatch is pretty much over. Look for smallmouths right up near the shoreline or slightly off it. Good baits to try would be topwaters and plastics or crankbaits. If that doesn't work try moving deeper with drop-shot rigs, tubes or crayfish. Some lake trout were being taken in 25 to 30 feet of water.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rain events have kept many anglers home and made it a challenge to get a lot of reports. Look for channel catfish in the deeper holes and give cut- bait a try. For walleye, try jigs tipped with night crawler and for smallmouth try tube jigs or live crayfish – when conditions permit.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye action continued to be good, with fish being taken throughout the reservoir. The panfish bite has slowed but some were still hitting on worms, small jigs and minnows. Channel catfish and bullhead are also being taken on the reservoir. For bass try crankbaits (like Rapala shad raps) or live crayfish

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

The saltwater fishing is in the typical summer pattern. The hurricane that fortunately veered out to see before striking our region created high seas that kept many anglers from fishing offshore, but overall the fishing has been excellent.

The inshore fluke fishing along the South Shore is concentrated in the inlets, with the best fishing occurring during the second half of the incoming water as the ocean water is cooler and clear than the waters in the bays.  Squid and spearing combinations continue to produce good catches, as well as Gulp! fished on a bucktail or jighead.

Due to the lack of large schools of squid offshore, the ocean fluke fishing has been fair, but good fishing was found in Ambrose Channel and in New York Bight. The size of the ocean fluke was impressive, with the bulk of the catch made up of 4- to 6-pound fish. The Cholera Banks have yielded excellent fluke fishing as well as some very large sea bass up to 6 pounds. The sea bass season opened July 15. The best ocean fluke baits have been whole squid, strip baits and fluke balls tipped with large squid strips.

On the North Shore, the best fluke fishing has been on the reefs, with the better fishing from Port Jefferson and to the east to Orient Point, where the largest fluke were taken on whole squid and large strip baits. Fly anglers have been doing very well on the North Shore beaches by casting 1/0 Clouser Minnows and working them on the bottom for fluke. 

The fluke fishing off Montauk Point was good off the South Side, with a good number of sea bass mixed in with the fluke. In all areas there was a fair amount of clear-nose rays and sea robins mixed in with the fluke.

With the exception of Montauk Point, the striped bass fishing has slowed, but there were still plenty of stripers to be found. The best fishing along the South Shore was reported by anglers fishing under the pods of bunker in the ocean. But only a few pods have had stripers, but they were often 30-pound class fish, so for those anglers, the fishing was excellent.  More of the pods are holding teen-sized bluefish than stripers.

The striper fishing off Montauk Point was very good for boats fishing live porgies or spots, trolling umbrella rigs and tubes in the rips and over the reefs. An equal number of bluefish was caught with the stripers.  The striper fishing on the North Shore was slow. The surf fishing along the South Shore has been spotty, with the best fishing occurring on clam baits. Anglers working the jetty rocks along the inlets and the north end of the Shinnecock Canal have done very well on triggerfish on small pieces of squid.

Porgies were anglers’ best bet on the North Shore and in the Peconics.  The porgy fishing was very good in the Peconics in the usual spots, including Rogers Rock and out near Jessups Neck, reports Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle. The porgy fishing out of Port Jefferson has been excellent, reports the Celtic Quest fishing fleet. Excellent porgy fishing was reported in the Western Sound off the North Shore Beaches.  Montauk Point anglers also reported excellent porgy fishing, with many fish over 4 pounds landed. 

The mako shark action improved during this report period, with makos moving closer to shore along the 20-fathom line. Most of the makos are in the 75- to 125-pound class, but there were a large number of 250-pound fish reported. Mixed in with the makos were brown sharks around 50 pounds and some very large thresher sharks, many well over 300 pounds.

The blue shark fishing appears to have slowed, as is expected as water temperatures are rising, but a good number of blue sharks were caught from the 30-fathom line and out.  Some of the reduction in reports may be due to the closer-to-shore opportunities that the makos are offering.

The reports of tuna have been slow, with the exception of anglers scoring well diamond jigging and trolling schools of bluefin tuna in the 40- to 60-pound class. The best fishing has been between Moriches and Shinnecock inlets from the 25-fathom line and out.

The freshwater fishing was good for sunfish, perch, carp and bluegills.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Warmer waters have slowed the trout fishing in the region’s reservoirs, but bass have been cooperating on waters like Muscoot, Cross River and a few other NYC reservoirs.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

St. Lawrence River: Bass have moved into deeper water. They’re hitting on Senkos, spinnerbaits and crayfish. Northern pike action was good on topwaters and spinnerbaits. Not hearing much on walleye and.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina reported most of the angling attention of late has been on smallmouth and largemouth bass, but the bass anglers will encounter the odd northern pike as well as some scrapping post-spawn bluegills along the rocky areas – particularly those with some weeds.

Chapmans Black Lake

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: According to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, things are starting to improve. Best action off Wilson and Olcott for salmon, as well as other locations along the lake, seemed to be in the 200- to 250-foot depth contour, using your baits in the top 80 feet of water. Use a mix of spoons and flasher-fly. For steelhead, best action has been from the 27 to 30 bar on the lake, using spoons in the top 40 feet of water. For warmwater fish, you can target bass or pike in the harbors with live bait or artificials like spinnerbaits. Capt. Nick Calandrelli of Lewiston spanked the bass trolling the shoreline with stick baits and Kwikfish in 10-12 feet of water.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Walleye fishing continued to be very good all along the lake shoreline. Joe Famiglietti sent word that he had a great trip with his 14-year-old grandson, Ryan Pfohl, who was visiting from Kure Beach, N.C. Fishing with Capt. Ernie Calandrelli, they targeted walleye off Hamburg to take a limit by using worm harnesses off three-way rigs. According to Capt. Ernie, they were bouncing bottom in 44 to 48 feet of water using copper blades with orange beads or clown blades with silver beads. His drop weight was three ounces and his leads were never longer than six feet. Later in the week he focused in 47 to 60 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good for the most part, with jerkbaits and spinnerbaits working in closer, – less than 10 feet of water. Shiners, tubes and drop-shot rigs were working in deeper waters, over 30-feet depths. Perch action has slowed but some limits were still being reported in the 40- to 55-foot depth contour.

Upper Niagara River: Tony Scime at Scime’s Tackle in Buffalo sends word that bass fishing has been good in the river and moss wasn’t too much of a problem. Smallmouth and silver bass were being caught from the foot of Ferry to the foot of Hertel streets. Some walleye were reported at the head of Strawberry Island on blue-silver or purple worm harnesses. The occasional muskie was also showing up from anglers working large (8- to 10-inch) tubes around the weeds. Good spots have been around Strawberry Island and around Thompson’s Hole.

Lower Niagara River: The moss was still in the river at last check, hampering all fishing action below the falls. But according to Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston, the moss was starting to subside a bit.

Chautauqua Lake: Not too much changed from last report, with some spotty reports of walleye in the southern basin and along the stretch of water from the Bell Tower to

Prendergast Point. Use worm harnesses, jointed Rapalas or jigs tipped with a crawler outside weed edges under low-light conditions. Bass fishing has been decent in those same weedbed edge areas, as well as around docks. Best spot has been on Lakewood Bar for smallmouth bass from the shallows out to 12 feet with a leech or soft-shelled crab. The occasional muskie was also being reported. For muskies, try trolling in 15 to 28 feet of water with black-silver crankbaits. A good spot is between the Bell Tower at Chautauqua Institution and Long Point, according to Craig Robbins.

Orleans County: Lake Ontario fishing is on the upswing, with water temperatures finally settling out to more normal conditions. In the 85- to 100-foot range, lake trout seem to be the prevalent fish, then as you continue the northern troll the other cold water species increase in the catches. Color patterns and lure choices seem to be all over the board, so put down what you have the most confidence in.
On Oak Orchard, catches of northern pike, and bass (both largemouth and smallmouth) seem to be above average, while perch action seems to be spotty.
The most diverse warmwater fishery right now seems to be the Erie Canal, with most of the species being caught in good numbers.

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