Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

It’s that time of year when the focus is clearly on hunting and will continue to intensify. The statewide trout, general regulations trout season has ended as well. So not much to report on the fishing front and, while we’ve heard of a few bears and bucks taken, that’s about it

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

Hunting has dominated the sporting action of late, with not enough fishing pressure to generate a full report.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

As we get into October, Blue-Winged hatches can occur at anytime in the afternoon. Along with the leaves, ants, beetles and other “land bugs” end up in the rivers. A small ant pattern can fool some selective fish. Keep in mind, too, that the trout season under general statewide regulations ended Oct. 15, which limits your options to special regs waters.

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

Lake Ontario: Salmon were still spread out and were being taken in 80 to 400 feet of water. A good starting point continues to be in the 80- to 100-foot depths around river mouths. Flasher and flies, spoons, J-plugs and cut bait were all working. Things can change quickly when fish decide to head to the tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not marking or catching fish.

Oneida Lake: Yellow perch fishing has been good in the 12- to 15-foot depth range, with minnows working best. Walleye were still being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stick baits, blade baits, bucktail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses all working. It shouldn't be long before the shore walleye bite starts to pick up; some more seasonable weather would help. A few anglers have been out, but overall the night bite has been slow. Casting stick baits from shore just before and after dark can often be very good in the fall on Oneida. Bass fishing has been good both shallow and deep. Bass were still keying on young of the year gizzard shad or yellow perch. Anglers using Alabama rigs with swimbaits have been having some good action. Gizzard shad are running small this year so it may pay to downsize your baits.

Oswego River: There were some salmon coming into the river each day and fish were being taken throughout the river. Try egg sacs, skein, egg-imitating plastics and flies.

Salmon River: There were still a few fish coming in each day but still no big runs as of last week. Fish were being marked in the lake and being seen in the estuary. Fish were being taken throughout the river, with the deeper pools seeing the most action. 

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass fishing has slowed, but some were still being taken in shallow water on plastics, spinnerbaits and jigs. Still no word on any yellow perch activity yet.

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Lake trout were still being taken by anglers jigging in 60 to 100 feet of water. Trolling was also producing lake trout, with flasher and flies and spoons working well. Trolling 70 to 100 feet down over 120 to 180 feet of water has been a good starting point.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 feet of water. Flasher and flies in green or white continued to work well. Vertical jigging was also producing lakers in 85 to 120 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Trolling spoons 45 to 60 feet down was yielding lake trout and an occasional rainbow.
Keuka Lake: Jigging continued to improve, with lake trout being found in 55 to 115 feet of water and both The Bluff area and the Branchport arm producing fish. Trolling 55 to 75 feet down was also effective.

Otisco Lake: The lake is being drawn down, so use caution when boating. Like Oneida, some more seasonable weather is needed to start the fall shore walleye bite.

Owasco Lake: Lake trout were being taken on both the north and south ends, with jigging and trolling both producing fish in the 80- to 100-foot depths.

Skaneateles Lake: Not much to report. Shore fishing may produce a rainbow on marshmallow and worm rigs.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Smallmouth bass and walleye were hitting on crankbaits and live bait like sucker minnows or stonecats.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not hearing anything of late, likely because it’s archery season and walleye anglers tend to be tight-lipped.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

The blackfish season opened at the beginning of this report period. Anywhere there was structure blackfish were caught. Many anglers are targeting blackfish, sea bass and porgies on the same trip and same location as these fish are usually found together. The blackfish tend to be tighter to the structure, with sea bass and porgies a the fringes of the structure.

Good blackfish action was reported on the South Shore artificial reefs, inshore wrecks and rock piles. There was surprisingly good blackfishing in the South Shore bays and inlets, including the bridge abutments in the inlets. Shore anglers fishing jetties, marina bulkheads and walls caught keeper-sized blackfish, along with plenty of short fish.

Triggerfish and blowfish were being caught in the same inshore areas as the blackfish.

On the North Shore the blackfishing was excellent at all the rock piles and reefs. Blackfish action was excellent off Montauk and Orient points and in The Peconics and Gardiner's Bay. The standard fiddler and green crab baits both produced well in all areas, as did clams when fished from the North Shore beaches.

The sea bass fishing remained good, with the biggest fish caught on the less-fished wrecks and hard spots, which is expected given that the season has been open throughout the summer. Sea bass were caught wherever the blackfish were caught.

Clams and sandworms produced large porgies on the North Shore beaches, from the City line to Orient Point. The key to successful beach fishing was to keep moving until the porgies were found. The porgy fishing remained excellent in Gardiner's Bay and The Peconics at Jessup’s Neck and Rodgers Rock, on the South Shore artificial reefs.

Large porgies were also being caught off Shagwong and around Montauk Point.

The fall, surf-striper run is in full force, as is the boat fishing for stripers and blues. Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported good striper fishing in the surf from Breezy Point, with bucktails and plugs catching stripers up to 35 pounds, with the majority of the bass large schoolies. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that bunker chunks fished from the beaches around Fire Island Inlet caught stripers to 50 pounds. Some bluefish have been reported mixed in with the stripers in the surf.

Large schools of bunker were reported just off the South Shore beaches, providing boat anglers with excellent striper and large bluefish fishing. There was a very good weakfish bite in Fire Island Inlet on the night tides. Bucktails, diamond jigs and plastic baits fished on a jighead all produced weakfish to 10 pounds.

The striper fishing off Montauk Point was excellent, with nearly all boats reporting limiting out on keeper stripers when fishing diamond jigs, trolling tubes and parachute jigs and using live bait. Bluefish in the 8- to 12-pound range were making up about half the catch. The Montauk surf was hot, with bass to 40 pounds being reported on bucktails and plugs. Anglers were reporting up to a half dozen large stripers an outing.  The fall striper run is better than during the last few seasons and all signs indicate that this fall run will remain excellent.

Mike also reported that the offshore bite at the Fish Tails was excellent, with anglers chunking-up 60-pound class yellowfin, bigeyes in the 200-pound class as well a few long-fin. Mahi were mixed in with the tuna. The best action occurred along the highest temperature breaks and the night chunking had the edge over the daylight fishing.

The shark fishing remained good, with a fair number of sharks still being reported.

The night fishing for bluefish remained strong, but anglers are now reporting more and more stripers being caught, with some nights nearly all stripers. This is an excellent fishery to take advantage of by hopping on one of the open boats running out of Sheepshead Bay, Freeport, Point Lookout and Captree.  

Guy Zummo 

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014r

Not hearing of a lot of fishing pressure, which makes it tough to offer a report. Most were archery hunting, and some hefty black bears have already been taken in the region.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

St. Lawrence River: The muskie hunters are generally awaiting cooler temperatures. Bass and pike action has been decent, however.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sports in Hammond reports anglers keying in on bluegills and crappies in anywhere from 3 feet of water to suspended in 20 feet. Some archers have connected on bucks early, and the duck season opener seemed to be more productive than in recent years.

Chapman's Black Lake

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - October 17th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Hopefully cooler temperatures and forecasted rains will bring more salmon into places like Eighteenmile Creek. Pier action has been spotty for salmon, although there have been some success stories like 14-year-old Sarah Syracuse of Newfane reeling in her first salmon using a green glow Little Cleo in the early evening with her father John and sister Sidney. She ended up out-fighting a 25-pound salmon for 20 minutes and successfully bringing in the bruiser to the Olcott Pier – all on 8-pound test line. As far as the action, some nights are better than others. According to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors, there were some trout at the dam – browns and steelhead – but the salmon were still in the lower stretches, with fish seen jumping in the harbor. A good rain will change that. Try trolling the harbor with large J-13 Rapalas. If you fish early morning or it’s overcast, try using treated egg skein under a float in some of the bigger holes of the creek. When the weather cooperates, you can still troll the pier heads with all your traditional fall baits early morning or just before dark. Daytime trollers can also pick up the occasional mature king or head out deeper for trout or immature salmon. Remember that lake trout season in Lake Ontario is now closed. The smaller creeks could use a good rain to get things flowing and pull fish in. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: The yellow perch fishing continued to be hot off Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point. We’ve had reports from 55 to 70 feet of water. Ed Belbas of North Tonawanda was doing well in 65 feet off the Catt; Paul Jackson of Sanborn said in 60 feet of water off Sturgeon Point was best. The team of Dave Muir and Mike Eschborn were the ones to follow, though. They won the 4th Annual Richard Brauer Memorial Perch Tournament with 100 perch that weighed in at 56 pounds, six ounces – less than a pound ahead of Dave Schaffer and Ken Meister with 55 pounds, 9 ounces. Walleye fishing was starting to dwindle, but if you wanted to give them a go, head west. A few were still being caught off Cattaraugus Creek, but the better fishing has been west of Dunkirk off Barcelona to the state line. Tributary trout action could use a boost with some rain. Until then, look for most fish in the lower stretches in creeks with decent water flow. Casting the mouths of the creeks is also an option, as is trolling the mouths with a small boat. 

Upper Niagara River: As water temperatures start to cool, muskie fishing should start to pick up around the river and Buffalo Harbor areas. Some muskie were being caught around Strawberry Island, the Huntley Power Station and outside weedbed edges with large tubes, body baits or spinnerbaits. Using a three-way rig with live bait (large chubs or something similar) can also work along certain drifts as fish start to move into the river system. Bass action was still strong around Strawberry Island and the head of the river on shiners, crabs and tubes. 

Lower Niagara River: River anglers could use some cold temperatures and rain to trigger a fresh run of fish. Early morning was still the best time to target kings in the river, using treated egg skein off three-way rigs if you are drifting in a boat. However, there were usually a couple of other times that fish will hit, like midmorning and around lunchtime, so you have to pay attention and capitalize on hits when they happen. That can make a difference on some days. Shore anglers were still catching kings off the NYPA fish platform, utilizing the free shuttle service the power company is providing from Lot C at the Visitors Center from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Remember that the Artpark Stairs are open again, too, but this is better for the trout fishermen. Bass were still an option, especially down river around Fort Niagara and the green buoy marker at the bar. Tubes, spinnerbaits and live bait like shiners and crabs will catch fish for you.

Chautauqua Lake:  Muskie action should continue to improve as waters start to cool down. Your best bet should be in the section of water off the weedbeds. Trollers have been picking up some suspended fish over 25 to 35 feet of water. Lyre sizes vary from 5 to 8 inches in length, with firetiger the color pattern to start with. Some walleye were starting to show up more regularly in the deeper holes. Try jigging for them with spoons, Rapalas, blade baits or shiners. The trusty jig tipped with a crawler can also produce an ’eye for you. Try Upper Dewittville Bay and off Lighthouse Point in 12-20 feet of water, according to Craig Robbins. 

Lake Ontario tributaries, harbors and piers: Lower than normal water levels has the king salmon run off to a slow start in many of western New York's Lake Ontario tributaries. On Eighteenmile Creek at Fisherman's Park anglers were catching a few salmon at first light or later in the day during overcast conditions. Salmon and trout numbers have been a little better in Oak Orchard Creek, with small pods of salmon and scattered steelhead and brown trout holding in the stretch below Waterport Dam. The Genesee River has better water flow and salmon have shown in good numbers in the section below the falls. Smaller tributaries like Johnson and Sandy creeks are very low. On those creeks, salmon were confined to the lower, slack water areas. Egg sacs, salmon skein, egg pattern flies and streamers work well for migrating salmon. 

Orleans County: The county’s tributaries are looking for a little more help from Mother Nature, with water conditions remaining low and clear at last look. With the nighttime low temperatures still above normal, tributary temperatures have not fallen off to the point that would spur the spawning runs in any great numbers yet. When wind conditions are right, shore casters and small boaters are catching fish around the mouths of the tributaries. The best results are still occurring early morning and late evening. There are a decent number of fish in all the tributaries within Orleans County; they are just not that active yet. A reminder that the Erie Canal closes on Oct. 19 and then shortly after that the dewatering process should begin, creating better flows in area tributaries.

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