Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports
Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - July 24th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2015
Cayuga Lake: Boaters should use caution and watch for debris. Lake trout fishing has really picked up over the last few weeks for anglers both trolling and vertical jigging. Water fleas were starting to show up, though, so if trolling have your flea flicker line ready. Weed mats are also making trolling tricky. Trolling in 65 to 80 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies has been productive, as has jigging with plastics in 50 to 70 feet of water.
Seneca Lake: Use caution when boating and watch for debris. Lake trout were still relatively shallow and were being taken by anglers trolling in 50 to 100 feet of water. Vertical jigging was producing lakers in 50 to 70 feet of water.
Canandaigua Lake: Again, use caution while boating and watch for debris. Fishing continued to be slow but some lake trout and occasional an rainbow trout were being taken by anglers trolling 50 to 75 feet down over 80 to 125 feet of water. Not hearing much on the bass fishing front.
Keuka Lake: Still some floating debris out there, and water fleas and weed mats are also a nuisance on the lake. Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet were still catching lake trout.
Owasco Lake: Look for lake trout in 70 to 100 feet of water; spoons and flasher-fly rigs will do the trick.
Otisco Lake: Tiger muskies are still hitting in 8 to 12 feet of water. Cast chatterbaits with a swimbait trailer over weedbeds. Look for bass in and around the weedbeds. Try Senkos, crankbaits and chatterbaits over and around the weedbeds. Fishing in the weedbeds by flipping a bass jig, tube bait or creature bait in the openings was yielding largemouths.
Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore and out to 20 feet of water were still getting some nice smallmouth bass with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and topwaters.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Once again, recent rain events have most rivers in the area running high and turbid, so no new information until things settle down.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Rain brought the reservoir up a few feet and made the water very turbid at last check. When conditions improve (and by now they may have) look for bass along shore and for walleyes in 10 feet of water and also in the old river channel.