Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Trollers were getting a mixed bag of brown trout, Atlantic salmon and lake trout on spoons. Fish were coming at a variety of depths, from 20 to 100 feet down over 110 to 140 feet of water. Water fleas were starting to make trolling difficult.Vertical jigging was producing fish in 50 to 60 feet of water. Look for largemouth bass in the north end.

Seneca Lake: Trolling black and purple spoons 40 feet down over 50 to 90 feet of water was still producing a few lakers and brown trout. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet was a good starting point for the lakers. Jigging in 40 to 50 feet of water is also working for lakers, as is fishing with alewives.

Canandaigua Lake: Trolling spoons 30 feet down was yielding rainbows, and 50 to 80 feet was good for lakers. Water fleas were making trolling difficult on the lake. It may be a good time to try vertical jigging instead.

Keuka Lake: Trolling down 40 to 80 feet over 125 feet of water was working for lake trout. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Water fleas have started and can make trolling a challenge. With the fleas starting it may pay to vertical jig instead or try flea-flicker lines. Jigging was producing fish in 110 to 120 feet of water around The Bluff area.

Owasco Lake: Jigging was still producing a few lake trout in 60 to 75 feet of water. It varies by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give both a try. Some lakers were also being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 80 feet of water. Water fleas are a problem for trollers. Smallmouth bass were being taken off the points with topwaters and drop-shot rigs. Some yellow perch were still being caught from shallow water out to 50 feet.

Otisco Lake: Walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling stick baits after dark 15 to 20 feet down. Anglers casting stick baits from shore were still getting a few walleye, but this shore fishing has become more difficult with the vegetation. A few tiger muskies were hitting bass lures and surprising some anglers.

Skaneateles Lake: The brown drake hatch is pretty much over. Look for smallmouths right up near the shoreline or slightly off it. Good baits to try would be topwaters and plastics or crankbaits. If that doesn't work try moving deeper with drop-shot rigs, tubes or crayfish. Some lake trout were being taken in 25 to 30 feet of water.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rain events have kept many anglers home and made it a challenge to get a lot of reports. Look for channel catfish in the deeper holes and give cut- bait a try. For walleye, try jigs tipped with night crawler and for smallmouth try tube jigs or live crayfish – when conditions permit.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye action continued to be good, with fish being taken throughout the reservoir. The panfish bite has slowed but some were still hitting on worms, small jigs and minnows. Channel catfish and bullhead are also being taken on the reservoir. For bass try crankbaits (like Rapala shad raps) or live crayfish

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