Finger Lakes/Central NY
Lake Ontario: Chinook salmon are hitting well, 130 to 170 feet
down over 200 to 300 feet of water. Good baits continue to be flies
and flashers trolled at 2 to 2.5 mph. Brown trout are also deeper
and are being caught in 80 to 100 feet of water.
Canandaigua Lake: Lake trout are being taken 60 to 70 feet down
over 150 feet of water by anglers trolling with downriggers and
spoons and also pulling copper. Vertical jigging in 130-150 feet of
water is also producing fish. Some nice-sized brown trout are being
taken by anglers trolling spoons in the north end. Spiny water
fleas and floating vegetation has made trolling more difficult.
Seneca Lake: Smallmouth bass and northern pike are hitting off
the pier. Fishing shiners or sawbellies down 25 to 30 feet with a
slip bobber has been the most productive method. Lake trout are
being caught 90 to 120 feet down with silver spoons such as Alpina
Diamond and Suttons. A few fish are also being taken on silver and
black Rapalas. Atlantic salmon are being found 50 to 90 feet down
and are also hitting on silver spoons.
Keuka Lake: Lake trout are being caught in 80 to 90 feet of
water by anglers trolling spoons or vertical jigging. The Bluff
area continues to be good. Like many of the other Finger Lakes,
spiny water fleas are making trolling more difficult.
Honeoye Lake: There hasn’t been too many people out fishing.
Those who have been are catching fish, with smallmouth bass at the
top of the list, according to Dan Sharp at Honeoye Bait and Tackle.
Crabs are a good bait, along with bass shiners. They are also
catching panfish – perch, bluegills and sunnies – on spikes and wax
worms. Walleye fishing has been spotty.
Canadice and Hemlock lakes: Smallmouth bass are cooperating for
anglers using small crabs and night crawlers. Trollers are using
crankbaits. Best depth has been around the 30-foot mark.
Waneta Lake/Lamoka lakes: Yellow perch and black crappie are
hitting bass minnows in Lamoka Lake in 18 to 20 feet of water.
Waneta Lake is also producing some yellow perch and largemouth bass
on perch minnows.
Cayuga Lake: Lake trout fishing continues to be good; fish are
being found in 70 to 110 feet of water. The thermocline has been
around 70 feet. Some nice-sized brown trout and Atlantic salmon are
still biting well for anglers fishing spoons 50 to 65 down over 80
to 120 feet of water. Bass fishing has been slow in the north end
but some fish are still hitting spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Owasco Lake: Lake trout fishing continues to be very slow. Lots
of fish and bait are being marked on the north end, but few biters.
Smallmouth bass are hitting in 5 to 10 feet of water on tube baits,
shiners and Senkos.
Onondaga Lake: Fishing has been slow for bass. There is good
weed growth on the lake so fishing a weedless frog or rat should
produce some fish.
Skaneateles Lake: The lake trout bite has picked up, with fish
hitting glow-in-the-dark spoons fished 35 to 60 feet down over 100
to 200 feet of water. A few rainbow trout are being taken near the
surface. Smallmouth bass are hitting well in 10 to 25 feet of water
on tube baits and Senkos. The trout and bass are feeding on young
of the year yellow perch.
Otisco Lake: Anglers trolling are continuing to get a few brown
trout on spoons fished down 30 to 40 feet. Tiger muskie are being
caught on the north end on spinnerbaits and large minnows.
Smallmouth bass are hitting off points in 30 to 40 feet of water.
Largemouth bass fishing has been slow.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye
and smallmouth bass fishing has been good, with fish hitting tube
jigs and spinnerbaits. Darker, more natural colors are working
Whitney Point Reservoir: Trolling with worm harnesses in kelley
green, firetiger or gold is producing very good catches of walleye.
Anglers fishing up off the bottom (around mid-column) are doing
better, as are anglers using side planners. Good numbers of 19- to
21-inch fish are being caught.