Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Finger Lakes/Central NY

Silver Lake: Jigging at the south end just outside of the
weedline has been productive for bluegill, perch and a few crappie.
Perch pattern jigs with wax worms or spikes work well for keeper
size crappie. Larger perch have come from deeper areas of 25 feet
on small minnows or shiners. Northern pike action has been good on
tip-ups with shiners.

Cuba Lake: Small jigs tipped with a small emerald shiners have
produced nice black crappie catches and a handful of sizable yellow
perch. Tip-ups with large minnows or shiners work best for northern
pike. Anglers are catching a few walleye in 25 feet of water on
tip-ups with shiners and jigging Rapalas.

Braddock Bay: Fishing has been slow in the bay, mostly small
yellow perch. Anglers also report northern pike catches on golden
shiners.

Conesus Lake: Anglers are catching bluegill and yellow perch
around the lake in 8- to 12-foot depths. The north end has been a
better location for keeper bluegill and pumpkinseed, taken on jigs
with mousies or spikes. Fathead minnows are producing good black
crappie catches in the northwest corner. Large shiners have been
productive for largemouth bass, northern pike and tiger
muskellunge.

Hemlock and Canadice lakes: Anglers report very good smelt
catches on both lakes at night. Use of a lantern near the hole or
inside of fishing shanty will attract schools of smelt. Fish small
gold hooks (No. 12) or tiny jigs with worm or grub pieces in the
top 15 feet of water. Lake trout action has also been good in each
lake. Tip-ups with large minnows or golden shiners have been
productive in 60-80 feet of water, 30-40 feet down. Bring the bait
up higher in the water column at night when smelt are near the
surface. South end Hemlock Lake anglers report good bass and
pickerel catches on shiners, before the drop-off in 8-12 feet of
water.

Honeoye Lake: At the south end, jigs with wax worms have been
the ticket for decent sized bluegill. The nighttime crappie bite
has been hit or miss at the south end. When the bite is on, catches
are good on fathead minnows or wax worms in 12 to 14 feet of water.
Perch anglers report decent action in 20- to 22-foot depths on
tip-ups with fatheads or jigs with spikes, mousies and oak leaf
grubs. Walleye numbers have been better near the north end from
outside the weedline (15-18 feet of water) out to 30 feet. Golden
shiners on tip-ups or jigging Rapalas (with or without small
emerald shiners) have been productive. Largemouth bass are hitting
the same walleye offerings.

Canandaigua Lake: Fishing has been fair for perch and bluegills.
The early morning bite has been the best.

Waneta/Lamoka lakes: Anglers are getting bluegills in 4 to 6
feet of water on Lamoka. Yellow perch fishing has been slow but a
few are being caught on small minnows.

Seneca Lake: Northern pike fishing continues to be great off the
pier at Watkins Glen, with fish hitting pretty much everything from
live bait to artificials. Yellow perch are also being caught off
the pier on wax worms, minnows and spikes. A few brown trout are
also being caught around Severne point.

Keuka Lake: Bluegill are being caught in 10-15 feet of water and
some yellow perch are hitting at 25 feet. Overall, fishing
continues to be slow and anglers who keep searching for fish are
having better luck.

Cayuga Lake: Anglers are getting out as far as the double buoys
and catching good yellow perch. The perch fishing has slowed a
little but some good catches are still being reported. Some anglers
are also getting out on the ice on the south end of the lake.

Owasco Lake: Most of Owasco had good ice cover at last report
and tip-up fishermen have been taking limits of nice lake
trout.

Skaneateles Lake: Fishing has been slow but anglers are catching
some yellow perch, lake trout and the occasional Atlantic salmon.
Medium and large minnows are working for the trout and spikes,
mousies and small minnows for the perch.

Otisco Lake: Anglers are fishing from the county park north.
Bluegills, pumpkinseeds and black crappie are all hitting on small
jigs tipped with spikes. Tiger muskie fishing has been very good
for anglers targeting them with tip-ups and large minnows. A few
35-plus-inch fish have been reported.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye
fishing has been very good on the Susquehanna for anglers fishing
with jigging Rapalas in chartreuse and chartreuse and glow. Best
action has again been around Nichols.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Fishing continues to be slow for both
crappie and walleye. Anglers fishing with underwater cameras are
seeing a lot of fish but having difficulty getting the fish to
bite. Downsizing your line, using small dark or natural colored
jigs and real subtle presentation may help catch some of these
inactive fish.

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