Lake Ontario: The brown trout bite is great one day and slow the
next, with fish being taken in 10 to 70 feet of water. Good baits
continue to be Smithwick Rogues, Dreamweaver and stinger spoons in
black and silver and orange. The chinook salmon bite has slowed but
anglers covering a lot of water are still finding a few. Some bass
are being taken on the shoals and rock piles and yellow perch are
hitting off points on night crawlers.
Canandaigua Lake: Lake trout are being taken 65 to 80 feet down
over 100 to 200 feet of water on spoons. Yellow perch are being
taken in the north end in 30 to 35 feet of water on small fathead
Seneca Lake: Lake trout are being caught 75 to 85 feet down with
spoons like Suttons. Plain silver has been the hot color. Anglers
pulling copper are also having some luck. Northern pike are hitting
live sawbellies (alewives) fished off the pier. Anglers fishing
larger (bass-size) minnows are getting some nice yellow perch.
Keuka Lake: Lake trout are being caught in 70 to 80 feet of
water by anglers trolling spoons, Sutton 44s and 61s in copper and
silver and brass & silver. The Bluff area has been good.
Waneta Lake/Lamoka lakes: Large bluegills are hitting on ice
fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. Good numbers of very large
10-inch-plus rock bass are also being taken. Crappie and yellow
perch fishing has been slow.
Cayuga Lake: Lake trout fishing is picking up as a thermocline
is developing. Fish were being found in 65 to 90 feet of water.
Brown trout are being found 30 feet down for anglers trolling
spoons. Bass fishing remains good on the north end. Fish are
hitting spinnerbaits, jerk baits, Senkos, plastic craws, swim baits
and jigs. Yellow perch are being taken in the north end in 15-20
feet of water on small minnows.
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 are being marked, but few biters. A few
walleyes and rainbow trout are being taken in the north end by
anglers targeting lakers. Northern pike are hitting in 10 to 15
feet of water. Smallmouth are hitting in 2 to 10 feet of water on
tube baits, small jerkbaits and swim baits.
Skaneateles Lake: Yellow perch are hitting on 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 continue to hit well along the shoreline
out to about 10 feet on small jerkbaits and green pumpkin tubes.
The brown drake hatch was on at last look.
Otisco Lake: Anglers trolling are still getting a few brown
trout on stick baits and Mepp’s spinners. A few tiger muskies were
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.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye
fishing was good when the water level was fishable. Fish were
hitting on night crawlers and Mepp’s spinners. Darker colors seemed
to be working best. Smallmouth anglers were having good luck on
Whitney Point Reservoir: Trolling in the channel with worm
harnesses in kelley green and firetiger is producing good catches
of walleye. It’s also yielding 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