Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Not a lot happening right now as we enter that time between the ice and open-water seasons. Backcountry brook trout anglers are predicting a late start to their season as they wait for the remote ponds to lose their ice. And the popular trout streams are still pretty much encased and unfishable.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Not hearing much of late, but streams like the Mettawee, Battenkill and Kayderosseras may be fishable soon, if not now.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Conditions were slowly improving, although the Beaverkill and Willowemoc remained high as of late last week. The West Branch of the Delaware was also high and float fishing was a better option than wading. A few black stoneflies and Blue Quills were emerging. The Main Stem of the Delaware was high for wading but was floatable. The East Branch of the Delaware was wadeable and clear. Nymphs have been more effective than dries. The Neversink was wadeable and clear at last look. The Esopus was high and not wadeable and had some color.  The tribs were a good bet; you might find some success with spawning rainbows. 

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Trout streams stocked earlier this month include:

Chenango County: Otselic River

Cortland County: Otselic River

Madison County: Canaseraga Creek, Chenango River, Chittenango Creek, Oneida Creek, and the Otselic River

Onondaga County: (Stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003.) Pools Brook, Tannery Creek, Spafford Brook, Furnace Brook, Limestone Creek, West Branch.

Limestone Creek, Geddes Brook, Carpenters Brook, Butternut Creek, and Skaneateles Creek

Lake Ontario: Most of the tributaries were running high and turbid but there were some steelhead being taken on egg sacs. Fishing should improve when the streams start going down and begin clearing.

Oneida Lake: It’s a waiting game for the ice to get off the lake so boats can get out.

Oswego River: High flows at last check and no new fishing information.

Salmon River: Anglers have been out, but with the higher flows most are fishing in the upper river from Pineville to Altmar. If float fishing or bottom bouncing, try egg sacs with blue mesh or pink trout worms. Fly anglers have been using nymphs or single egg patterns.

Irondequoit Bay: No report.

Sodus Bay: No new information

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Trout streams stocked earlier this month include:

Broome County: Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, Nanticoke Creek, and East Branch Nanticoke Creek

Cayuga County: Fall Creek

Tioga County: East Branch of Owego Creek, Owego Creek, and West Branch of Owego Creek

Tompkins County: Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek, Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and Sixmile Creek.

Chemung County: Post Creek, Sing Sing Creek, Newtown Creek, Cayuta Creek, and Wyncoop Creek.

Steuben County: Post Creek, Cohocton River, Canisteo River, Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek and Meads Creek.

Seneca County: Canoga Creek

Seneca Lake: Anglers fishing the south end were getting yellow perch and trollers were getting a mix of trout and salmon. Many of the streams are high and colored but fishing should improve when they settle down.

Canandaigua Lake: No report.

Keuka Lake: Some anglers were getting out in open water and jigging up some lake trout.

Cayuga, Owasco, and Skaneateles lakes: Many of the streams were high, making fishing difficult.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rivers have been unfishable of late.

Whitney Point Reservoir: No new fishing information to report as the reservoir is up and there was still ice, albeit unsafe now.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Trout season opened up with plenty of brown and rainbow trout being caught in Belmont Lake, the Carlls River south of Southard’s Pond, and the stocked lakes in Nassau County.  Roostertails and trout magnets have been the lures of choice. Trout worms were a good choice for anglers working the pockets in the small streams throughout the area. A surprisingly large number of largemouth and smallmouth bass were reported by the anglers tossing lures for trout in the larger lakes. Some of these bass were upward of 3 pounds. 

The winter flounder season opened, with the best fishing being the traditional spots in the Great South Bay, including the flats off Heckscher State Park. All the standard baits, including bloodworms, sandworms, mussels and clams worked well. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported weighting in flounder to 1.78 pounds caught on sandworms, with plenty of chum in Dickerson’s Channel. Good flounder fishing was also reported in the western Sound on both the north and south side.

There were many areas, particularly on the East End, where despite a lot of effort, no flounder were caught.  The water temperatures remain below 40 degrees in the report area, which is still cold for peak flounder fishing. As the water temperatures rise the flounder should become more active. 

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that there were plenty of herring in Shinnecock Bay. This was a good sign for the opening of the striped bass season on April 15.  Scott also reported that cod and ling were still being caught on the deeper wrecks offshore. A few pollock were also reported. 

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Waters stocked ahead of the trout opener included:

Dutchess County: Fishkill Creek, Sprout Creek, Roeliff Jansen Kill, Crum Elbow Creek, Sawkill, Ten Mile River, Webatuck Creek, Swamp River.

Putnam County: Croton River East Branch, Croton River West Branch, Diverting Reservoir, West Branch Reservoir.

Westchester County: Kensico Reservoir, Stone Hill River, Mianus River, Amawalk Inlet, Peekskill Hollow Brook, Waccabuc River, Titicus Outlet, Croton River, Amawalk Outlet, Titicus Reservoir, Cross River Reservoir Outlet, Cross River Reservoir, Muscoot Reservoir.

Orange County: Shawangunk Kill, Neversink River, Shingle Kill, Rutgers Creek, Ramapo River, Moodna Creek, Hessian Lake, Askoti Lake, Skanatati Lake, Island Pond.

Rockland County: Ramapo River, Minisceongo Creek, Minisceongo Creek North Branch, Mahwah River, Stony Brook, Pascack Brook, Cedar Pond Brook, Sparkill Creek.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing anything as most folks await the departure of the ice.

Black Lake: Between ice and open water fishing now.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - April 18th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Local creeks like Eighteen Mile, Keg and Four Mile were all producing some nice trout despite some high and stained water conditions. Pink or red egg sacs, egg imitations or small white jigs tipped with a wax worm are good approaches for taking steelhead and brown trout at Burt Dam, according to Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat in Newfane. Some warm rain should be the ticket to attract some more fresh fish into the streams and also help pier casters catch a few trout in Wilson and Olcott. Casting or trolling the mouths of these streams will also work and it should get better from here on out. Remember that there is a new license fee structure in place for resident and nonresident anglers. Seven-day licenses were actually reduced once again with the passing of the state budget. Nonresident seven-day licenses are now $28; resident seven-day licenses are $12. Annual licenses are $50 for nonresidents, $25 for residents and they are good for a full year from the date of purchase.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Dunkirk Harbor’s fishing platform has been a hot spot for trout, with spoons, spinners, egg sacs or minnows good options.
Upper Niagara River: Try casting for trout off the Bird Island Pier or Broderick Park with spoons, spinners or eggs. The Power Authority announced that the reservoir is now open for fishing. Trout stockings at Hyde Park Lake and Oppenheim Park Pond were set for April 11.

Lower Niagara River: Good reports have come in from Devil’s Hole all the way to the mouth of the river on the Niagara Bar. Steelhead, browns and lake trout were all being reported by drifters using egg sacs, minnows or Kwikfish lures fished off three-way rigs. Shore fishermen were having a bit of a problem with access. The stairs at Devil’s Hole, Whirlpool, the New York Power Authority access road and Artpark were all closed earlier this month. Whirlpool and Devil’s Hole were dealing with ice problems. Call 716-284-5778 for an update on the park access. The Artpark stairs were going through renovations and they anticipating that project to be completed by mid-May. The NYPA access road and fishing platform are also going through a construction issue to improve safety and the road, stairs and platform are all closed until further notice. For updates on the fishing pier and construction call 716-796-0135, Ext. 45.

Chautauqua Lake: Nothing to report as anglers await open water.

Orleans County: On Lake Ontario, brown trout fishing is very good right along the shoreline, especially around the tributary discharges. These conditions also provide an excellent opportunity to cast from the shoreline or jetties for browns and steelhead.
This is actually a great time of year for fishing. Bullhead should start being active along with many of the other warm water species. The small lakes and ponds within Orleans County are warming and should start providing some excellent fishing opportunities.

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