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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

Backcountry brook trout anglers are humping into their favorite waters now, and the area trout streams are starting to warm up and offer good fishing. Nymph fishing on the Saranac River and the West Branch of the Ausable has been productive, and other area trout streams have been stocked.


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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

The region’s trout streams, including the Battenkill and Mettawee, were in great shape and offering some fine fishing.

Saratoga Lake: Crappie have been biting all over, off Fitch Road and on the south end, so have great time fishing for them. Bass and pickerel have been very active as well. Most hard baits are working, crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits. Walleye will have spawned in the Kayderosseras so hitting the mouth and around to Mannings Cove should be a good place to start. Pike are usually active anywhere the lake starts to drop from weedbeds

Some walleye were reported on Great Sacandaga Lake.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: Both rivers were clear and easily wadeable. Hendricksons and Caddis were about. Caddis have been most consistent; nymphs like Green Caddis nymphs are a good choice. Spinners are generally late in the day. 

Delaware East Branch: Low and clear at last check. A long leader is a plus with the current conditions. There were some small Olives, Caddis, Hendricksons, Blue Quills and spinners about. Nymph fishing has been effective. Stoneflies and Caddis patterns are good choices. 

Esopus: Wadeable and clear above the portal but below the portal the river has some color. 

Delaware West Branch: Low and clear and better waded than floated. There were reports of some Hendrickson spinners and some Blue Quills. Nymphing has been most effective. 

Neversink: Low and clear earlier this week, but it has fished decently this spring despite sparse hatches.  Small streamers have picked up some decent fish. There were a few Caddis and Hendricksons around, and you’ll see some spent Caddis and spinners close to dark. Small nymphs are also a good choice. 
Delaware The Main Stem: Both wadeable and floatable. Some Hendricksons, spinners as well as Blue Quills and Caddis are about.

Catskil Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

Lake Ontario: When the wind hasn't been too bad and anglers have been able to get out they were getting some nice brown trout. Trolling near shore with stick baits or small spoons continued to work well. Fishing with side planers has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach, so it may pay to also try some goby-colored baits. There have been a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and Chinook salmon caught by anglers targeting the brown trout.

Oneida Lake: A good starting point for walleye would be in shallow water around stream or river mouths, or around shallow shoals. Chain pickerel season also kicks off on May 2. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population, with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 feet of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits makes unhooking them much easier. For anglers taking advantage of the catch-and-release bass season, try 5 to 10 feet of water with jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Bullhead were being taken along the shore and in the bays on worms and leeches. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor, but no reports yet.

Oswego River: The river was down at last look and at a flow that should make fishing from shore much easier. There were still steelhead and brown trout being taken in the river. Walleye season is now open; fishing with jigs or large stick baits usually works well for the Oswego River walleye.

Salmon River: Look for steelhead in the riffle areas or holding in the deeper pools. There were still some steelhead spawning in the riffle areas, as well as dropbacks that have finished spawning and are now working their way back to the lake. These fish are often very hungry after the rigors of spawning. Good baits are egg sacs (blue or chartreuse mesh), streamers, pink Powerbait trout worms, or good old night crawlers.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Northern pike season opened May 2; try stick baits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows under bobbers. Bullhead fishing has really picked up in the bays with the warmer weather, with worms or leeches both working well. This can also be a good time for black crappie and yellow perch fishing in the bays.

Sandy Pond: No new information for the pond. Hopefully, with walleye and northern pike season now open there will be something to report next issue. Try stick baits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the northerns. For walleye, also try stick baits, along with jigs and crankbaits. Bullhead fishing should heating up now from shore for the night crawler crowd.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Trolling stick baits or spoons on the south end of the lake was starting to produce some brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Fishing has been slow but the warmer conditions should help improve the bite. Watch out for debris; there are reports of a lot of it out there. Lake trout fishing continued to be slow for anglers trolling. Fish were being marked at a variety of depths, from 70 to 180 feet of water, but getting then to hit has been difficult. Yellow perch were being taken on the north end with small minnows.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout fishing continued to be slow. A few lakers were being caught in 70 to 100 feet of water. There were still a few rainbows being taken in Catherine Creek.
Canandaigua and Keuka lakes: Not hearing much, but anglers were getting some yellow perch and lake trout on both lakes. A few brown trout were being taken on Canandaigua by anglers trolling in 70 to 80 feet of water.

Owasco Lake: Trout fishing has been slow for anglers trolling, but a few lake trout were being taken in 170 feet of water. Yellow perch were being taken on the north end on small minnows.

Otisco Lake: Walleye and tiger muskie season has attracted some anglers. Try trolling, or casting with stick baits, for both the walleye and tiger muskies. Also, try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the “clear side,” north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative newcomer to the lake, but we DEC fisheries staff saw fish up to 13 inches in a survey last year.

Skaneateles Lake: The DEC launch is open. Anglers were still getting yellow perch on the south end of the lake on small minnows. Some bullhead and black crappie were also being caught on the south end.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. A number of muskies were tagged in 2014 on the Chenango and Susquehanna with gray Floy tags (they look like a piece of spaghetti) placed by the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please do not remove the tag if releasing the muskie. Write down the tag number and report the tag number, date of catch, location, and length to 607-753-3095; or send the information via email to fwfish7@dec.ny.gov. If keeping the muskie report the same information.

Whitney Point Reservoir: With walleye season now open, good baits are usually jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered and anglers can fish from the shore again, they are starting to get bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

The flounder fishing in the South Shore bays improved in response to the recent rise in water temperature.  Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported good flounder fishing in Dickerson’s and West Channel in the Great South Bay, with the best bait being bloodworms fished with heavy clam and mussel chum. There were also reports of decent flounder fishing throughout Jamaica Bay.

The striped bass have begun to move from the south into New York Bight and Jamaica bay in large numbers, with good to excellent fishing reported from Sandy Hook to Breezy Point Brooklyn. The best fishing was along the ocean beaches. Clams, sandworms and bunker chunks were the top bait, topping lures. Anglers also did well off Midland Beach in Staten Island. Boaters did well with stripers by drifting bunker chunks within all areas of Jamaica Bay, around the Breezy Point jetty and in the ocean off Rockaway Inlet. Most of the stripers were below the 20-pound mark, but fish in the 30- to 40-pound range were weighed in. This recent action bodes well for the historic big fish run of stripers in the South Shore inlets during June. 

Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that large numbers of bluefish in the 8- to 10-pound class, with fish to 13 pounds reported, roaming Jamaica Bay and feeding on bunker chunks meant for stripers. These bluefish have begun to work their way eastward, with a few fish reported on the ocean beaches east toward Moriches Inlet. 

The striper fishing east of Rockaway Inlet has been steadily improving. Scott Jeffery of East End Bait and Tackle reported that schoolie bass were caught in both the Shinnecock and Quogue canals on rubber baits including Gulp! baits.

The Shinnecock Canal has seen quite a variety of fish, including fluke, sea bass, sundials and stripers. Both bluefish and weakfish were caught in the pound traps during this report period, so they should be showing up in angler reports soon.

The fishing on the North Shore remained generally quiet with the exception of improved striper fishing in the western side of Long Island Sound. Expect the porgy action to pick up during the next few weeks.

Codfish continued to be caught on the ocean wrecks in 180 feet of water and deeper, but most boats have switched over to flounder and striper fishing. Pollock and ling were caught on the same wrecks. Ling were also reported closer to shore.

Guy Zummo 


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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

While the region’s stocked trout waters have attracted some angling attention, the striped bass run is the featured attraction now, with anglers plying waters from Troy down river toward Newburgh and picking up some fish. Keep the new regulations in mind when heading out: one fish between 18-28 inches OR one fish larger than 40 inches during the April 1-Nov. 30 season.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Perch action was solid at Kring's Point and Eel Bay, and bullhead fishing continued to be good throughout the river, especially in the tributaries. 

Black Lake: Walleye season is open, but we haven’t heard much from those anglers. Bullhead and crappie have been offering the best action of late.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Browns and cohos were in tight to the shoreline for trollers and casters, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Lake trout can be found inside 80 feet of water off Wilson and Olcott, as well as on the Niagara Bar; and some king salmon are starting to show up in 70 to 120 feet of water along the lake’s shoreline from the Bar to 30 Mile Point. Don’t forget the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Series set for May 30-31 and June 6-7. Go online to  www.lakeontarioproam.net  for details. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Walleye season is now open and there are plenty of trollers working the shoreline off Hamburg and Van Buren Bay. Perch action was good for those willing to venture out and do some exploring. Capt. Jim Plinzke of Fishhunter Charters was out with Ed Belbas and Brad Smith recently heading west of Sturgeon Point in 60 feet of water to target ringbacks. In 2.5 hours they managed to catch a limit of 150 fish, all good sized. Don’t forget about the Lake Erie special trophy bass season that opened May 2. Minimum size if anyone looking to keep one fish – and only one fish – is 20 inches in length. Tributary action was good, but some of the smaller streams have been low and clear by now. Casting the mouths of creeks with spoons or spinners is another option. 

Upper Niagara River: Walleye, northern pike, pickerel and inland tiger muskie seasons are now open. Good spots for pike include the marinas around Grand Island, off the creek mouths and in the Erie Canal wherever there are feeder creeks coming in like Ransom Creek. Some perch and panfish have been reported along River Road in North Tonawanda in the marinas.

Lower Niagara River: Smelt action has heated up in Lewiston. Action has been a bit slow for trout but some decent catches came from the gorge by boaters. Drifting three-way rigs with Kwikfish or MagLip lures is one approach; egg sacs or minnows another. At the mouth of the river, some trout and coho salmon have showed up for drifters and casters. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island picked up a couple nice Atlantic salmon by casting Strike King swim baits around the green can. The biggest tipped the scales at around 11 pounds. That same area was producing some fish for Capt. John Oravec by simply drifting a split shot-minnow rig to take suspended fish off the bottom in the upper part of the water column. 

Chautauqua Lake:  With walleye season now open early season tactics include trolling with worm harnesses and No. 11 jointed stick baits like Rapalas in 8 to 10 feet of water in bays like Ashville, Warners and Sunset. Troll slow. If you want to chase crappie, the best spot has been around Rock and Grass islands just outside the buoys. Another good spot is on the Bemus side of The Narrows in the middle part of the lake, according to local guide Craig Robbins

Orleans County: Lake Ontario near-shore water temperatures off Orleans County are finally in the 40s and they get warmer as you head west. Catches of late have consisted mainly of lake trout and chinook salmon. With the warmer weather the tributaries and small lakes along with the Erie Canal are now becoming more active with the warmwater species. On Lake Alice, crappie, bluegill and perch still make up the majority of the catches, along with the catch-and-release bass possibilities. It’s not too early to start planning for the second annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament, which will be held on June 13-14.

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