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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - July 10th, 2015

The region’s trout streams, including the West Branch of the Ausable, were running high at last check. But if you use caution you can do well fishing tight to the bank and pitching streamers. Some big browns are always caught during these conditions.

On Lake Champlain, lake trout action remained very good, and smallmouth anglers were doing well on post-spawn bronzebacks.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Lake trout action continued to be strong on Lake George, according to the staff at Fish307. Fish were being located at 80 to 120 feet and were being taken on spoons and cowbell rigs. Smallmouths were hitting well on crayfish at 20 to 35 feet; you have to remember to fish deeper water for the bronzebacks. The occasional salmon was still being caught.

The folks at Saratoga Tackle report solid bass fishing on Saratoga Lake. Start plying the waters at around 10 feet around drop offs from the weeds and don’t be afraid to go as deep as 15-20 feet. Plastics produce fish, and if you fish a spot without heavy weed cover try a spinnerbait or crankbait. Topwaters early and late have also yielded bass.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Not hearing a lot in the region of late, possibly a product of wet weather. But this is usually a time when anglers target bass in spots like New Croton Reservoir, Muscoot Reservoir, Middle Branch Reservoir, Sylvan Lake, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Reservoir. Some brown trout were still being caught despite warmer water temperatures

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Lake Ontario: A thermocline was starting to set up but conditions were still somewhat unsettled. Look for brown trout early in the morning in 30 to 60 feet of water. Try spoons off downriggers, divers or lead core. For lake trout, troll cowbells and peanuts (small plugs) near bottom in 100 to 200 feet of water. Chinook salmon were still scattered but some were being found in 150 feet of water and taken on with flasher and flies. For the salmon keep covering water looking for bait. Smallmouth bass were being found in 10 to 15 feet of water; live bait like crayfish and minnows were productive.

Oneida Lake: Use caution as the lake is still running high from the recent rains and there may debris floating around. Look for bass in 5 to 10 feet of water with crankbaits, tube jigs, chatterbaits, swimbaits and bass jigs. Walleye were being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water on worm harnesses, jigs tipped with nightcrawler and blade baits. The presence of gobies may require some changes in rigging methods. Normally, fishing nightcrawlers higher off the bottom helps avoid some of the bait-stealing gobies, but if that’s where the walleye are that technique will not work. 

Oswego River: As the waters recede look for smallmouth bass with tube baits or crabs. 

Salmon River: There were some smallmouth bass being taken in the lower river.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Anglers continued to catch some nice bass in and around the weedbeds. Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and plastics.

Sandy Pond: As the aquatic vegetation gets thicker fishing on the pond has become more difficult. If fishing for bass try spinnerbaits or weedless frogs

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Boaters should use caution and watch for debris. Lake trout fishing has really picked up over the last few weeks for anglers both trolling and vertical jigging. Water fleas were starting to show up, though, so if trolling have your flea flicker line ready. Weed mats are also making trolling tricky. Trolling in 65 to 80 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies has been productive, as has jigging with plastics in 50 to 70 feet of water.

Seneca Lake: Use caution when boating and watch for debris. Lake trout were still relatively shallow and were being taken by anglers trolling in 50 to 100 feet of water. Vertical jigging was producing lakers in 50 to 70 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Again, use caution while boating and watch for debris. Fishing continued to be slow but some lake trout and occasional an rainbow trout were being taken by anglers trolling 50 to 75 feet down over 80 to 125 feet of water. Not hearing much on the bass fishing front.

Keuka Lake: Still some floating debris out there, and water fleas and weed mats are also a nuisance on the lake. Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet were still catching lake trout.

Owasco Lake: Look for lake trout in 70 to 100 feet of water; spoons and flasher-fly rigs will do the trick.

Otisco Lake: Tiger muskies are still hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water. Cast chatterbaits with a swimbait trailer over weedbeds. Look for bass in and around the weedbeds. Try Senkos, crankbaits and chatterbaits over and around the weedbeds. Fishing in the weedbeds by flipping a bass jig, tube bait or creature bait in the openings was yielding largemouths.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore and out to 20 feet of water were still getting some nice smallmouth bass with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and topwaters.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Once again, recent rain events have most rivers in the area running high and turbid, so no new information until things settle down.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Rain brought the reservoir up a few feet and made the water very turbid at last check. When conditions improve (and by now they may have) look for bass along shore and for walleyes in 10 feet of water and also in the old river channel.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

The offshore tuna fishing continued to improve, with 20- to 40-pound bluefins moving to within 12-miles of Shinnecock Inlet in quantity, reported Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle. Bluefins were also reported along the 30-fathom line south of Jones Inlet, around the Coimbra wreck and west to Montauk Point. Feathers, cedars and small plastic lures all produced well for anglers trolling in search of the schools of bluefins.

Once the schools of bluefins were found, anglers fishing diamond and butterfly jigs were rewarded with outstanding light-tackle fishing. Six-inch sardine and mackerel patterns tied on 3/0 to 5/0 short shanked hooks provided a world-class opportunity for anglers using 12-weight and heavier fly rods and casting into the bluefin schools pushing bait to the surface.

Further offshore, larger bluefin, and yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds, were trolled on plastics at The Canyons and The Flats. The night chunk bite has yet to kickoff.

Most shark anglers have switched their efforts from the blue sharks that are still roaming the 30-fathom line due to the cool ocean temps, to the improved mako bite at the 20-fathom line, Glory Hole, Linda Wreck, Chicken Canyon and in 150 feet of water south of Montauk Point. Most makos averaged 125 to 150 pounds, with a few weighed in over 250 pounds. A few brown sharks around 50 pounds were reported with the makos.

Thresher sharks in the 40- to 60-pound class continued to be caught only a few miles off the South Shore beaches by anglers targeting fluke in 40 to 60 feet of water and by those targeting stripers and bluefish under the schools of bunker in the same areas.

Threshers to 400 pounds were caught as close as the 20-fathom line, but the better reports came from the 30-fathom line south of Shinnecock and east to Montauk Point.

The South Shore inlets and ocean surf striper fishing remained good but has begun to slow a bit, with anglers were reporting fewer large fish. The most notable exceptions were off Montauk Point and Orient Point, where reports of 40-pound stripers were common, especially for anglers using live bait off Montauk and drifting bucktails or live eels in The Gut off Orient Point.

Along the North Shore the best striper fishing was reported by anglers targeting small schoolie stripers in the Nissaquogue River, along the Mount Sinai jetties and from the beaches east of Horton’s Point. Tins and poppers were the best daytime lure, while spearing imitation flies and small swimming plugs were the top nighttime producers.

Bluefish to 5 pounds continued to be caught in all areas. Blues up to 10 pounds were reported by offshore anglers and also off Montauk Point. Blues to 12 pounds were caught under the bunker schools in the western Sound during the day and were also caught diamond jigging and drifting bunker chunks at night.

Overall, the fluke fishing was inconsistent. This may be due to the fact that few large schools of squid were found offshore and there seems to be fewer spearing in the bays and harbors. The good news is that the fluke were typically keeper sized east of Fire Island Inlet. West of the inlet, most fluke were shorts with only a few keepers mixed in. The fluke action from both the North Shore and South Shore beaches was good on both bait and bucktails.

The porgy fishing continued to be excellent off Port Jefferson and east to Orient Point for both boat and shore anglers. The porgy fishing was good off the western Sound beaches around Glen Cove and Huntington Harbor.

The porgy fishing in Gardiners Bay, around Shelter Island and in The Peconics remained excellent. Porgies were caught on the South Shore artificial reefs. Clams were the top bait in all areas.

The freshwater fishing for pickerel, largemouth bass and panfish was very good in all the local lakes and ponds. The best fishing was reported in the Peconic River system. Early mornings and near dusk were the best times to fish.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Hatches are primarily small Olives, midges with a few sulphurs and Light Cahills at dark.  

Delaware East Branch: Terrestrials fished along the banks are a good choice. Some BWOs and midges are about in the morning, while late day there are sulphurs, spinners and a few Isonychias. 

Delaware West Branch: Was fishing better at last check. Some sulphurs are about in the afternoon, mixed with Olives and Isonychias close to dark. Streamers can tempt some big browns, especially if flows are up.

Esopus: Fishing well and the portal was closed at last check. Small nymphs have worked well. This is a good river for both wet flies and  nymphs. Small attractor dries are also good choices. Hatches have been some Caddis and small Olives and Isonychias. 

Neversink: Wadeable at last report.  Most surface activity is late day either with midges or small Olives.   Terrestrials are a major food source on this river.   

Delaware Main Stem: Dry fly fishing has improved. Water temps were good to about Lordsville. Most hatches have been late day with some Isonychias, Light Cahills and sulphurs. Nymphs such as stoneflies are good choices, along with small pheasant tails.

Catskill Flies

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Plenty of pike were being caught of late, especially in Eel Bay. Bass are being found in deeper water now. Perch action has been spotty.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop in Hammond reports bass action has been good, notably top-water action in the evenings. Pike are around but he’s hearing more bass stories than northern stories. Some walleye were being caught, and bluegills continued to hit well, although the size has often been lacking. But right now most of the attention has been focused on smallmouths.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Action on the big lake has slowly been improving, with some bigger fish arriving on the angling scene for lake trollers looking for salmon and trout.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing is still your most consistent option. They can be found on and around any structure in the lake, from 20 to 45 feet of water. In addition, walleye fishing has heated up, with some decent reports coming from Myers Reef from boaters dragging a three-way swivel and a worm harness, maintaining contact with the bottom with a lead weight. Trollers were still doing well off Barcelona in 65 to 80 feet of water. Perch action continues to be spotty. If you can find the fish – usually between 50 and 60 feet of water on either side of Cattaraugus Creek – you can do well.

Upper Niagara River: Bass action continued to be good, according to Mike George. Live bait like shiners are the best baits to use for smallmouth bass in the west river and around Navy Island. Also around Strawberry Island, where some walleye are also being caught. The head of the river is another good bass or walleye option.

Lower Niagara River: Nothing changed too much from last report, although the moss really hasn’t been as much of an issue, according to Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston. Capt. Jake Joseph of Youngstown took contest winner James Findlay of Burlington, Wisc., out recently. Using crayfish and shiners off three-way rigs, they produced 15 fish in quick order – mostly smallmouth bass, but also some sheepshead and silver bass. Jim also brought his daughter Anne along and they had a grand time. 

Most of the fishing took place along the Coast Guard drift along Fort Niagara. According to Joseph, bass are stacking up in the river in 12 to 18 feet of water, which usually happens after a hard northeast blow. Keep that in mind the next time that happens on Lake Ontario. Best shore fishing spot has been the NYPA fishing platform where a mix of bass, sheepshead and silver bass were hitting live bait.

Chautauqua Lake: Muskies were being caught trolling in the trough from the bridge to Ashville Bay. Use a perch-colored, over-sized crankbait, according to Craig Robbins. Smallmouth bass were being caught at Warners Bar in 18 to 26 feet of water with crayfish and leeches. Perch were hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water at the Mayville Flats. Use a night crawler under a bobber.

Orleans County: Fishing was starting to really set up, with better catches of both steelhead and chinook salmon lately. It seemed like spoons were out and flasher/fly combinations were taking most of the fish. Junk lines, including copper lines, lead lines and Dipsy Divers were still outproducing downrigger setups. Varying overall depths that were mentioned, from 100 to 300 feet of water, and depending on who you talked to fish were being taken from 20 to 90 feet down.

July 25 will be the Drew’s Crew Derby supporting research for a cure to juvenile diabetes. This is a great chance to have a great day on the water while supporting a very worthwhile cause, The Erie Canal Fishing Derby ended on July 12 with some great weights being reported. And don’t forget the Orleans County Rotary Derby starts Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 16.

On Lake Alice, there were still a good number of bass being caught as well as bluegill, crappie and some walleye. And the Erie Canal offers a cornucopia of fish species for you to target while enjoying the beauty of the canal system

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