Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports
Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - August 21st, 2015
Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2015
Cayuga Lake: Lake trout fishing continued to be good for anglers trolling and vertical jigging. Be prepared to deal with water fleas. Weed mats are also a nuisance in some areas for anglers trolling. Trolling 50 to 80 feet down in 100 to 150 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies continued to work for the lake trout. Vertical jigging with plastics in 55 to 85 feet of water also continued to produce. If looking for Atlantic salmon or brown trout, try trolling 30 to 40 feet down the depth of the thermocline changes by the day and location but 50-degree water was being found at 50 to 70 feet.
Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down over 90 to 150 feet of water. Vertical jigging was producing lake trout in 50 to 70 feet.
Canandaigua Lake: Fleas and weed mats were starting to become a nuisance for trollers. Some lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling 55 to 90 feet down over 100 to 125 feet of water.
Keuka Lake: Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 feet of water was producing some lake trout. Vertical jigging with plastics in the same depth range was also working.
Owasco Lake: Anglers vertical jigging were getting lake trout in 70 to 80 foot of water. Trolling with flashers and flies 70 to 80 feet down over 90 to 150 feet of water was also yielding lakers. Yellow perch and bass were being taken on minnows or crayfish; also, try tube jigs for the bass.
Otisco Lake: Look for largemouth bass in the weedbeds. Try casting into the holes in the weeds with a Texas-rigged tubed jig or creature bait. A few tiger muskie were being caught this way as well.
Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing from 5 to 35 feet of water were still getting some nice smallmouth bass on tube jigs and drop-shot rigs. Trout were being taken 50 feet down over 150 feet of water on small silver spoons. Yellow perch and smallmouth bass were hitting on worms fished in 30 to 40 feet of water near bottom.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for walleye in the deeper holes with crankbaits or jigs and try tube jigs for the bass.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Look for bass along shore and for walleyes try in 10 feet of water as well as in the old river channel.