Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - September 19th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Lake trout were being taken by anglers jigging in 80 to 100 feet of water. Trolling with flasher and flies was also productive for lakers. Keep an eye out for weed mats; they are still creating head-aches for trollers. Largemouth bass were being found around the lake along outside weed edges, with jigs or plastics working well.

Seneca Lake: Weed mats were still a nuisance when trolling. Lake trout were being taken 40 to 80 feet down over 150 to 200 feet of water. Flasher and flies in green or white have been working well. Vertical jigging was also producing lake trout in 80 to 90 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Weed mats were also still making trolling difficult on Canandaigua as well. Not a lot of new info this report. Lake trout and a few rainbow trout were being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 50 to 80 feet down over 100 to 200 feet of water.

Keuka Lake: Jigging action has improved and lake trout were being found in 65 to 110 feet of water.

Owasco Lake: Smallmouth bass and rock bass were being taken on drop-shot rigs and tube baits in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Otisco Lake: Look for walleye and smallmouth bass in 15 to 25 feet of water. A few tiger muskies are hitting on spinnerbaits on the north end of the lake.
Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being found in 20 to 30 feet of water. Good baits were drop-shot rigs and tube jigs.Yellow perch were being found in 25 feet of water and were hitting on small minnows.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Some walleye were being taken on brown colored jigs fished near bottom, and also on stick baits. Smallmouth action was picking up, notably on the Susquehanna.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along shore with stick worms, crankbaits, jigs and crayfish all working. Some nice white crappie have also been caught recently.

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