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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - May 29th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Trolling stick baits or spoons on the south end of the lake is starting to produce some brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Fishing has been slow but the warmer conditions should help improve the bite. Watch out for debris; there are reports of a lot of it out there. Lake trout fishing continued to be slow for trollers. Fish were being marked at a variety of depths, from 70 to 180 feet, but getting them to hit has been difficult. Yellow perch were being taken on the north end with small minnows.

Seneca Lake: A few Atlantic salmon were being taken by trolling anywhere from just below surface to 40 feet down. Some perch were starting to show up in shallow water throughout the lake.

Canandaigua Lake: A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. Lake trout were still in much deeper water near bottom. The bulk of the rainbow trout spawning run in Naples Creek is over and a few were being caught in the lake from 30 to 60 feet down.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in depths of 110 to 160 feet were catching good numbers of lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working well. 

Owasco Lake: Yellow perch were being taken on the north end on small minnows.

Otisco Lake: Try trolling or casting with stick baits for both the walleye and tiger muskies. Also, try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. The lake has both black and white crappie and fishing for them is typically good this time of year. Black crappie are generally found on the “clear” side north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers were still getting yellow perch on the south end of the lake on minnows. Some bullhead and black crappie were also being caught on the south end.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye, tiger muskie, and muskellunge season is open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. 

Whitney Point Reservoir: Good baits for catching walleye are usually jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. As the water has lowered and anglers can fish from the bank again, they are starting to get bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows.

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