Finger Lakes/Central NY
Lake Ontario: The brown trout bite has slowed but some fish are
still being taken real early in the morning, the first hour of
daylight. Browns are hitting black and silver and silver and orange
spoons fished 30 feet down over 40 feet of water. Chinook salmon
are still being taken but fish are scattered and more difficult to
Canandaigua Lake: Lake trout are being taken 65 to 80 feet down
over 100 to 200 feet of water on spoons. Crappies are hitting on
the south end by the West River on fathead minnows. A few perch are
being taken in 25 to 30 feet of water on minnows.
Seneca Lake: Lake trout are being caught 65 to 85 down over 120
feet trolling with spoons like Sutton 66s, 77s and 88s. Plain
silver has been the hot color. Northern pike are hitting on spoons,
minnows and jerkbaits. Perch are scattered and fishing has been
Keuka Lake: Lake trout are being caught 40 to 85 feet down over
50 to 140 feet of water by anglers trolling spoons (Stingers and
NKs). Some lake trout are also hitting on bottom in 100 feet of
water. A few yellow perch are being taken in 15 feet of water on
Waneta Lake/Lamoka lakes: Large bluegills are hitting on ice
fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. Good numbers of very large
10-inch – and bigger – rock bass are also being taken. Crappie and
yellow perch fishing has been slow.
Cayuga Lake: A few Atlantic salmon and brown trout are still
being taken in the south end with fish hitting stick baits fished
off planer boards. Lake trout action has been slow. There is a lot
of bait being marked in the north end. Fishing should pick up when
a thermocline develops. Bass anglers are doing well on the north
end, with fish hitting spinnerbaits, jerkbaits, Senkos, plastic
craws and jigs.
Owasco Lake: Lake trout fishing has been spotty for anglers
trolling and jigging in 65 to 140 feet of water in the north end.
Like Cayuga, a lot of fish being marked but few biters. A few
walleyes and rainbow trout are being taken in the north end by
anglers targeting lake trout. Northern pike are hitting in 10 to 15
feet of water and smallmouth bass have moved into the shallows.
Skaneateles Lake: Yellow perch are hitting fathead minnows on
the east side in 20 feet of water. Some lake trout are being taken
in 15-70 feet of water. Anglers pulling copper are also getting a
few fish. Smallmouth bass are hitting well along the shoreline on
jerkbaits and tubes.
Otisco Lake: Anglers trolling are still getting a few brown
trout on stick baits and Mepps spinners. A few tiger muskies are
being caught on the north end. Walleye fishing has picked up for
anglers fishing after dark from the Causeway or along the shore.
Large stick baits are working well and fish are hitting really
late, with the best action from midnight to 2 a.m. Anglers using as
little light as possible are having better luck. Bass fishing has
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye
fishing remains good. Fish are hitting on night crawlers and Mepps
No. 3 spinners. Darker colors seem to be working best. Channel
catfish are hitting on cut bait and night crawlers. Smallmouth
anglers are having good luck on tube jigs.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Trolling in the channel with worm
harnesses in kelley green and firetiger is producing good catches
of walleye. It’s also producing some good-sized yellow perch and
bonus crappies. Crappie are also being found in 7-10 feet of water.
Catfish are hitting on the north end on cut bait and night