Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

On the West Branch of the Ausable, water temps remained in the low 60s on most stretches. Rain last week boosted flows. Fly-fishers can go the banker’s hours route for Trico fishing at midmorning. Isonychias have made their appearance as well, and Caddis and stoneflies are always a good option.

Lake Champlain has seen plenty of tournament bass action but still offers solid fishing for smallmouths and largemouths despite the pressure. Trollers have picked up lake trout with regularity as well.

Most of the region’s lakes were offering decent bass fishing, notably in the evenings. One hot spot well worth the road trip is the fairly remote Stillwater Reservoir, which boasts loads of smallmouths.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Saratoga Lake: Bass have been moving in and out of 8-15 feet of water to feed, while pike and walleye will mostly stay in deeper waters. Most of the productive fishing has been early or late in the day.

Lake George: Lakers and bass. Be aware of the 23-inch size minimum for the lakers, and fish deeper for the bass (especially the smallmouths) than you might expect. Depths of 25-35 feet will yield the best bronzebacks.

Not hearing much now on the stream trout scene.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Rain last week helped. Keep an eye on conditions. Midges are on the water most days as well as some small BWOs and Light Cahills and Caddis close to dark. Terrestrials have been successful along with small nymphs and are a main source of food. 

Delaware West Branch: Fishing well for August, although the fish can be very selective. Decent Sulphurs most afternoons

Delaware Main Stem: the upper Main Stem was in good shape and at a great level for nymph fishing.  Watch water temps below Lordville. 
Neversink: Wadeable and at a normal flow for summer at last check. This is a midge, olive and Caddis river, with most surface activity late in the day.

Delaware East Branch: Most surface activity is late day. Hatches are a mix of midges, sulphurs and small Olives. Terrestrials fished around cover and along the banks have been effective. 

Esopus: Low water.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Lake Ontario: Salmon fishing continues to be hit-and-miss as fish are still scattered. A good starting point has been to look for salmon in 150 to 300 feet of water and from 40 to 110 feet down. But with fish widely scattered keep an eye on the fish finder, looking for bait or fish, and adjust your depth to where fish are being marked. As we get later into August, fish should begin to work shallower toward river mouths. Some steelhead and brown trout are also being taken mixed in with the salmon. Spoons, flasher and flies, J-plugs and cut bait are all working, and green and white continue to be good colors.

Oneida Lake: The walleye bite has slowed down and is probably due to a combination of things: the unsettled weather, algae bloom and young of the year gizzard shad starting to reach a length that walleye will start to feed on them. Anglers fishing in 30 to 40 feet of water with stick baits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), bucktail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses are still getting some walleye. Walleye are also being taken on worm harnesses trolled along weed edges. Bass fishing continued to be good for anglers fishing around the shoals with drop-shot rigs or tube baits. Fishing spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in 5-8 feet of water is also working for largemouth bass. Keep an eye out for birds diving; when bass are feeding on the young gizzard shad they often drive them to the surface. Terns and gulls take advantage of this and can be seen from a long ways off as they dive to catch the shad. Casting topwaters, lipless crankbaits or stick baits can produce some exciting action when this is taking place.

Oswego River: Before the high water, freshwater drum (sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass were being taken. Try crayfish for the sheepshead and bass, and worms or cut bait for the catfish.

Salmon River: Things are slow right now, but that will change soon as salmon begin to stage.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass were being taken on the outside weed edges, with spinnerbaits, Senkos and a variety of plastics. A few walleye were being taken around the islands on Sodus Bay.

Sandy Pond: Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult. There were still some largemouth bass being taken, however.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Fleas and weed mats continued to make trolling more difficult. It varies by the day and location at to how bad they are. But anglers who have adjusted to the conditions were still getting lake trout and a few brown trout trolling 50 to 80 feet down over 150 to 250 feet of water. A variety of methods were being used to get lures down, such as using wire with divers (200 feet back), copper (300 feet back), lead core and downriggers. Vertical jigging was also producing fish in 50 to 100 feet of water, with a variety of plastics working. Bass fishing has been good on the north end for anglers fishing plastics or crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Seneca Lake: Weed mats and water fleas were still making trolling difficult on the lake. If fishing with a downrigger try using flea flicker line or use a Dipsey Diver with wire, trolling with copper line, or lead core. Lake trout continued to be found over a variety of depths, but trolling spoons from 60 to 80 feet down over 80 to 130 feet of water continues to work. Vertical jigging was also producing lake trout over a broad range, from 55 to 115 foot of water, and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue.

Canandaigua Lake: Weed mats and fleas made trolling difficult again. Overall, fishing remained slow, but a few lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 85 feet down over 200 feet of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake: Trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 feet of water was still yielding lakers. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Water fleas haven’t been too bad but be prepared to deal with them just in case. Some options are to vertical jig instead, try flea-flicker lines, wire and divers or troll with copper. Jigging has slowed down but some lake trout were still being taken in 110 to 120 feet of water around The Bluff area.

Owasco Lake: Jigging was still producing lake trout in 90 to 110 feet of water. It varies by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give both a try. Lake trout were also being taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 80 feet down over 100 to 120 feet of water. A variety of methods are working to get baits down: wire with divers, copper (300 feet has been a good starting point) and downriggers.

Skaneateles Lake: Lake trout and rainbow trout wee being found 50 to 65 feet down for anglers trolling with small spoons. Smallmouth bass were hitting in 10 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot rigs, tubes and live crayfish.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Before the recent rain events, smallmouth fishing had been good, including some top-water action, notably on the Susquehanna.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not hearing much lately from the reservoir anglers.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Snappers have invaded the docks and canals on both the North and South shores, providing plenty of action. Small tins, spearing fished under poppers and snapper poppers all worked well and offered a great opportunity to take the kids fishing.

The blue crab fishing was excellent in the South Shore bays, with the best action occurring during any moving water. Crabbers found good action using traps from the docks.  Boaters did well using killie rigs during the day or spotlights at night.

A good number of sand tiger and small thresher sharks were caught from the Fire Island beaches on bunker chunks by surf casters, reported Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle. Small makos were caught around the NA buoy. The blue shark fishing slowed down. Mike also reported that yellowfin tuna and bigeyes were caught at the Hudson Canyon, as well as some big mahi, as evidenced by the 15-pounder weighed in at the shop.

The striper and bluefishing has slowed down with the increased water temperature. But good fishing was found off Montauk Point, where stripers were trolled on tubes and parachute jigs and live baited with porgies. A few small stripers and 1- to 3-pound bluefish were caught off all the ocean beaches on tins, poppers and bunker chunks.

Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that party and private boats caught bonito, false albacore and mahi on small tins and spearing.  Ralph noted that anglers using spearing fished in a bunker chum slick among a handful of tossed spearing outfished those using tins. Ralph also reported that the shop weighed in a 12-pound fluke caught at the Marine Parkway Bridge. The fluke fishing in New York Bight was strong around Ambrose Channel. 

The offshore fluke fishing was very good along the South Shore, especially along the fringes of the artificial reefs. A good number of large sea bass were caught on the reefs as well as on the offshore wrecks. The sea bass fishing off Montauk Point was excellent, especially in Block Island Sound. On the North Shore there were a good number of sea bass caught on the reefs and rock piles in 15- feet and deeper water. Clams, live killies and squid strips were the top baits.

The inshore fluke fishing along the South Shore was good on the incoming tides, but the majority of the catch consisted of fish just below keeper size. Still, there were enough keepers caught to make the trip worthwhile.

On the North Shore, the fluke fishing was good just outside the harbor mouths and off the beaches.  Bucktails tipped with squid or Gulp! baits were the top choices.

The porgy fishing remained strong along the North Shore beaches on the west end of the Sound. Excellent porgy fishing continued off Port Jefferson and in The Peconics and Gardiners Bay. Decent porgy fishing was also reported on the reefs off the South Shore. Clams and sandworms were the top baits.

Triggerfish were caught off the South Shore jetties and bridge pilings on small squid strips and clams.

The freshwater fishing remained good for sunnies, yellow perch, carp, bluegills and pickerel.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Not hearing a lot lately on the east-of-Hudson reservoir scene, or on the Hudson itself. Kensico Reservoir continued to yield a few lake trout, and most of the focus was on bass – early morning and later in the evening offering the best action.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

St. Lawrence River: Mostly a bass and pike game right now. Not hearing a lot on the walleye front.

Black Lake: Bass fishing has been very good of late; keep in mind there’s a 15-inch size minimum if you plan on keeping any. Try top-water action in the evenings, and be prepared for the occasional pike.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries:  Action in the lake has been improving, but Mother Nature keeps throwing a curve ball with the weather. Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown had been doing well on the Niagara Bar drop-off for staging kings and a mix of other trout. Use magnum spoons for a mixed bag of trout (browns, lakers and steelies) in green-chartreuse. Use flasher-fly combos to target mature kings, with one hot setup being a Pro-Troll E-chip flasher with green-glow the best fly. Try in 80-90 feet of water at the drop to start. Near shore, brown trout have been hitting consistently inside of 60-foot depths. Some early staging salmon have been seen off Olcott early in the morning inside of 100-foot depths, with magnum spoons, flasher-fly or meat rigs yielding fish. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Most of the walleye fishing has shifted to the west. Ed Schintzius, formerly of Pekin in Niagara County, was fishing with Capt. Jim Tunney and they managed good results by heading toward Cattaraugus Creek, using all worm harnesses. It depends on what your comfort zone is on what baits to use – and what the fish want. Bass action has been decent in 30 to 45 feet of water, according to Capt. Joe Fonzi of Gasport. Drop-shot rigs or tube jigs have been effective in taking smallmouth bass consistently.

Upper Niagara River: Bass action continued to be good when winds and rain aren’t a factor in the waters above Niagara Falls. Best spots have been in the west river around Navy Island, Staley’s Reef, Strawberry and Motor islands, Thompson’s Hole and the head of the river. Live bait like worms, shiners or crabs will all catch fish, but you can also use artificials like tube jigs. Speaking of tubes, large (8- to 10-inch) tubes will work if you want to try and target muskellunge. Seek out drop-offs or weed edges. The Strawberry Island area is always a good bet, as is the Huntley power station. Casting or trolling large body baits will also work. Shore fishermen have continued to take bass, perch, white bass and panfish from the shores of Broderick Park and the foot of Ontario Street near the launch ramp.

Lower Niagara River: Action hasn’t been fast and furious, but bass are available. You just have to work for them. Live bait like crabs or shiners will work, but worm harnesses have been producing some bass for the walleye drifters, so keep that in mind. In addition, some nice walleye are being caught by those willing to put in their time.

Chautauqua Lake: Action for muskies has been good to very good, especially for trollers seeking out suspended fish 15 to 20 feet down over 25 to 35 feet of water, according to Craig Robbins of Jamestown. You can catch muskies as shallow as 18 feet or as deep as 40 in the northern basin of the lake, from the Bell Tower to Long Point. Bass fishing has been good, too, while walleye action has slowed. For bass, target the shallows around the docks in Bemus and Ashville bays.

Orleans County: Lake Ontario waters have flipped and the near-shore water is much colder than the offshore temps. The lake hasn’t really warmed up as much as it normally does, which has made this an unusual year to start with, and now the lake flipping has to have the fish wondering just where they are. Reports from last week put the best fishing out around the 30 to 34 lines, with the largest portion of the catch being steelhead. Some very large domestic rainbow trout in the 10- to 14-pound range have been taken.
On the tributaries and inland lakes within Orleans County, fishing for bass has been very good and crappie, bluegill and perch action has been fair.

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