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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - October 30th, 2015

It’s deer season in the ‘Dacks, so fishing has generally been put on the back burner until safe ice arrives.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

Some good bucks continue to be reported from bowhunters as rutting activity kicks in. Not a lot of fishing going on right now, and it will stay that way until ice fishing season arrives

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Open for fishing through Nov. 30.

Delaware East Branch: Fishing above Shinhopple Bridge ended Oct. 15. The lower section stays open until Nov. 30 and is good for late-season BWO hatches for some decent rainbows and browns. Nymphs and streamers are productive.

Delaware West Branch: The river above the Pa. game lands closed to fishing the Oct. 15. Streamer fishing can be decent at this time of year.  Hatches are spotty and are mostly BWOs.  

Esopus: Open until Nov. 30 and worth a try for some larger fish out of the reservoir, which are typically taken on streamer patterns or nymphs.

Neversink: Closed.

Delaware Main Stem: High and not wadeable at last check, but could be fishable by now.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Maxwell Creek has started to have a little activity with salmon, steelhead and brown trout moving in.

Oneida Lake: The walleye bite continued to improve for shore anglers fishing just before and after sunset. Stick baits, blade baits and shad-shaped crankbaits are working.

Oswego River: Anglers were still getting salmon in the river. More steelhead and brown trout were also starting to be caught. Good baits have been egg sacs, skein or egg-imitating plastics.

Salmon River: Salmon were still being caught in the river, with most of the salmon activity in the mid to upper river. Look for salmon spawning in the riffle areas. Steelhead and a few brown trout were being found from the lower to upper river. 

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: When conditions allowed, anglers were starting to get some trout by casting spoons off the pier at Sodus. A few perch were starting to be caught by anglers fishing with small minnows.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Some lake trout were still being taken by anglers trolling and vertical jigging. Trolling 80 to 110 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water, with spoons or flasher and flies was working, as was vertical jigging with plastics or spoons in 110 feet of water.

Seneca Lake: Fishing continued to be slow but some lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling 80 to 120 feet down over 100 to 200 feet of water. Vertical jigging was producing lake trout in 75 to 110 feet of water.

Keuka Lake: Vertical jigging and trolling were both yielding lakers. Anglers were reporting that many of the lake trout are feeding on yellow perch, so it may pay to fish higher in the water column.

Owasco Lake: Lake trout were being taken by anglers vertical jigging in the north and south ends of the lake and also around the points. Spoons and plastics were the ticket.

Otisco Lake: No word on the nighttime walleye bite, but this is usually when activity picks up for anglers casting stick baits from shore just before and after dark.

Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being caught on stick baits fished near shore.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has started to pick up for anglers using tube jigs. 

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not hearing anything, but it’s that time of the year when the walleye bite typically heats up.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

The striped bass fishing continued to improve in both quantity and quality. Stripers from the high teens to 40 pounds continued to be caught trolling parachute jigs or tubes on wire line off Block Island and on live bait in the rips off Montauk Point.  Bluefish in the 8- to 12-pound class were mixed in the stripers. Montauk surfcasters did fishing eels during the night tides and casting diamond jigs, large swimming plugs, bucktails and poppers during the day from the Town Beach, east to the lighthouse and on the north side to False Bar.  Most of the surf caught stripers are in the low teens, but fish to 30 pounds are being caught each week.

The offshore bunker schools roaming between Shinnecock Inlet and west to New York Bight have become spotty, with few sightings reported for a few days, followed by large schools reported outside all inlets in 30 to 50 feet of water the next few days.  The good news is that most schools had stripers and blues feeding on them, with the average fish around 20 pounds with many 40-pound fish reported.  

Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that stripers in the 30-pound class were caught off Staten Island around the Outerbridge on bunker spoons. Schools of bunker with teen-sized stripers and bluefish in the 5- to 8-pound range feeding on them were reported in the back of Jamaica Bay and off Norton’s Point. Boat anglers did well fishing live bunker during the day and eels both night and day, but the best fishing with eels was reported during the night tides. Shore anglers did well with casting swimmers, tins and poppers in the back of Jamaica Bay.

Mike at Saltwater’s Bait and Tackle reported that monster bluefish in the 15-pound class were chasing the schools of bunker in and around Jones and Fire Island inlets. Stripers to 30 pounds were also caught feeding under the bluefish. The clam chumming for stripers at the inlet bars and around the bridges has steadily improved, with a fair number of stripers to 20 pounds being caught. With the saltwater temperatures a few degrees above average expect the striper fishing to remain strong until the season closes on Dec. 15. Mike also reported that the striper fishing from the ocean beaches improved. During the day fresh bunker chunks, tins and poppers were the top producers; at night the best fishing was on eels. Boaters reported excellent striper fishing in lower New York Harbor at night on eels and bunker chunks.

The striper fishing on the North Shore has improved, with the best fishing in the western Sound. Boaters using live and chunked fresh bunker did well on stripers to 20 pounds.  Diamond jigging during the day and at night also accounted for a fair amount of stripers as well as bluefish from 5 to 8 pounds. Surfcasters did best fishing from Sunken Meadow and to the east, using tins, poppers and swimming plugs. When the winds were calm, flyrodders did well using spearing and sand eel patterns; there is still a lot of small bait tight to the beaches.

The nighttime diamond jigging for bluefish in the western Sound remained strong, with most fish in the 5- to 10- pound class. A few schoolie stripers were reported to be mixed in with the bluefish. The porgy fishing in the western Sound was also good for anglers using clams.

Sea bass and blackfish continued to be caught on the South Shore artificial reefs and on the North Shore reefs, but they have been fished hard so keepers are high to find. The best action in all areas for sea bass and blackfish was reported by anglers fishing the wrecks, rock piles and reefs in 60 or more feet of water. Sea bass to 6 pounds and blackfish to 8 pounds were reported, along with jumbo porgies to 4 pounds. Anglers targeting the wrecks in 90 feet of water and deeper were also reporting codfish and ling mixed in with the sea bass.  

Some of the best blackfish action has been off the south side of Montauk Point and off Fisher’s Island. Some boats are running to the north side of the Sound and reported good blackfish action the rocks off the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast.  The best sea bass fishing was reported around Block Island. In all areas, fresh clams were the best bait for sea bass and green crabs for blackfish.

The weather has not cooperated for running to The Canyons, but anglers who took advantage of a few breaks in the weather reported yellowfin to 60 pounds and longfin tuna to 40 pounds caught while trolling plastics during the day and on butterfish chunks at night.

Good fishing for largemouth bass, panfish and trout was reported from many of the lakes and ponds as well as in the Peconic River. The best action was on worms, spinners and on flies.

Guy Zummo

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - November 30th, 2015

A few anglers have been hitting the east of Hudson reservoirs, but not enough to get a solid report of what’s happening. Bowhunters are taking their last stands before the Southern Zone firearms opener Nov. 21

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Muskie hunters are out on the river, and some big fish – 50 inches and over – have been reported.

Black Lake: Not a lot of fishing taking place now with deer season clearly the focus right now.

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Rain late last month triggered some salmon and trout to move into the tributaries. It made a difference in places like Burt Dam and Eighteen Mile Creek; Twelve Mile Creek in Wilson; and smaller streams like Four Mile and Keg. Fish should also be available in the lower stretches and in the harbors of Wilson and Olcott. In addition to salmon and trout, pike and perch, as well as bass, should also be available. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Before winds blew in, action for perch was between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek in 50-55 feet of water. Tributary action should really pick up after rains late last month. Look for fresh fish to arrive in any tributary off the lake. Eggs or egg imitations will work, as well nymphs and Woolly Buggers.

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing continued to be good throughout the river system and there has been a little uptick in muskie action, too, as water temperatures have dropped into the mid-50s. Kwikfish, live bait, tubes and spinners will all work for bass. Dr. John Syracuse was with Pastor Dave Emmons and took a 5-pound smallie on a black rubber worm. They also took more than a dozen nice fish, using a variety of baits.

Lower Niagara River: Action was pretty good for trout as well as monster smallmouth bass. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island has taken some lunker smallies on Kwikfish; some have tipped the scale around 6 pounds. He was fishing the Niagara Bar area. The salmon run seems to be all but over in Devil’s Hole, with an occasional king or coho being reported. However, those fish are being replaced by trout – steelhead and lakers. Remember, however, that lake trout season is closed. Don’t rule out the occasional brown trout, either, if you fish in the right places. A recent study conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on baitfish found smaller smelt in tight to the shoreline. Also showing up in those same nettings were brown trout in the 12- to 15-inch range, with a few bigger ones mixed in. They were in waters as shallow as three feet. Muskie season will continue through Dec. 15 in the lower river and Lake Ontario, and don’t rule out these waters for some nice fish.

Chautauqua Lake: Muskie anglers were doing very well trolling the northern basin of the lake from Long Point to Dewittville with oversized crankbaits. Black and silver were good color combinations, focusing on 10 to 22 feet of water. Walleye were hitting black hair jigs tipped with a crawler in 18-plus feet of water off Warners Bar.

Orleans County: In the St. Mary’s Archer’s Club catch and release tournament last month on The Oak, Melody Pensyl of Pennsylvania won the event with a 24.5-pound king. Youth winner was Ben Smith of Pennsylvania with a 23.5-pound king. There were still fish scattered throughout the Oak Orchard system, but some rain last week should put them on the move again. There were a fair number of chinook salmon in the overflow channel due to the turbines being down earlier this month. Fishing for brown trout was on the upswing and surprisingly the number of Atlantic salmon were being seen – many more than last fall. On the lower reaches of The Oak some perch and northern pike were being taken, but not in great numbers yet. Lake Alice was still yielding bass but not much else. Just a reminder that the Erie Canal closes on Nov. 18 this year, so depending on any work to be completed dewatering should commence shortly after that.

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