Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - August 22nd, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Fleas and weed mats continued to make trolling more difficult. It varies by the day and location at to how bad they are. But anglers who have adjusted to the conditions were still getting lake trout and a few brown trout trolling 50 to 80 feet down over 150 to 250 feet of water. A variety of methods were being used to get lures down, such as using wire with divers (200 feet back), copper (300 feet back), lead core and downriggers. Vertical jigging was also producing fish in 50 to 100 feet of water, with a variety of plastics working. Bass fishing has been good on the north end for anglers fishing plastics or crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Seneca Lake: Weed mats and water fleas were still making trolling difficult on the lake. If fishing with a downrigger try using flea flicker line or use a Dipsey Diver with wire, trolling with copper line, or lead core. Lake trout continued to be found over a variety of depths, but trolling spoons from 60 to 80 feet down over 80 to 130 feet of water continues to work. Vertical jigging was also producing lake trout over a broad range, from 55 to 115 foot of water, and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue.

Canandaigua Lake: Weed mats and fleas made trolling difficult again. Overall, fishing remained slow, but a few lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 85 feet down over 200 feet of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake: Trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 feet of water was still yielding lakers. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Water fleas haven’t been too bad but be prepared to deal with them just in case. Some options are to vertical jig instead, try flea-flicker lines, wire and divers or troll with copper. Jigging has slowed down but some lake trout were still being taken in 110 to 120 feet of water around The Bluff area.

Owasco Lake: Jigging was still producing lake trout in 90 to 110 feet of water. It varies by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give both a try. Lake trout were also being taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 80 feet down over 100 to 120 feet of water. A variety of methods are working to get baits down: wire with divers, copper (300 feet has been a good starting point) and downriggers.

Skaneateles Lake: Lake trout and rainbow trout wee being found 50 to 65 feet down for anglers trolling with small spoons. Smallmouth bass were hitting in 10 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot rigs, tubes and live crayfish.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Before the recent rain events, smallmouth fishing had been good, including some top-water action, notably on the Susquehanna.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not hearing much lately from the reservoir anglers.

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