Western New York
Lake Erie and tributaries: Tributary action for trout has slowed
a bit with all the smaller streams being lower and clear. The best
stream is Cattaraugus Creek for trout.
Upper Niagara River: Perch are starting to turn on around the
upper river, such as at the foot of Ferry or Ontario streets. Trout
are also being caught off Bird Island Pier.
Chautauqua Lake: Craig Robbins reports that crappie are being
caught in front of Ellis Aero marina at Bemus Point the whole way
up to Long Point State Park in 4-6 feet of water with one-inch
tubes – anything with pink. Tip it with a minnow.
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Salmon action is just starting to
kick off with the first reported king off Olcott, according to Wes
Walker at the Slippery Sinker. Trolling the shoreline with stick
baits or casting the piers with spoons are two approaches for
catching coho salmon, brown trout or the occasional steelhead out
of Wilson and Olcott.
Lower Niagara River: Steelhead are still cooperating nicely on
egg sacs, minnows or Kwikfish lures. Capt. Steve Drabczyk of
Lewiston reports that Devil’s Hole has been producing the most
trout – steelhead and the occasional laker.
Central New York
Among waters recently stocked with trout are:
Cayuga County: Fall Creek, North Brook, Owasco Inlet, and Salmon
Cortland County: Casterline Pond, Little York Lake and the
Madison County: Upper Lelands Pond, Eaton Brook Reservoir,
Lebanon Reservoir, Beaver Creek, Canastota Creek, Chittenango
Creek, Canasaraga Creek, Cowaselon Creek, Limestone Creek, Old
Chenango Canal, Oneida Creek, Chenango River, Payne Brook, Otselic
River, Stone Mill Brook and the Sangerfield River.
Onondaga County: Green Lakes, Poole Brook, Spruce Pond,
Limestone Creek, West Branch Limestone Creek, Furnace Brook,
Spafford Creek, Fabius Brook, Geddes Brook, Butternut Creek,
VanBuren Pond, Onondaga Creek, West Branch Onondaga Creek, Tannery
Creek, Carpenters Brook, and Skaneateles Creek.
Oswego County: Black Creek, Rice Creek, North Branch of the
Salmon River, Salmon River, and the West Branch of Fish Creek.
Tompkins County: Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek,
Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and Sixmile Creek.
Lake Ontario: Near-shore brown trout fishing has been good from
Oswego to Mexico. A few coho salmon are also being reported. The
lake level is low so use caution.
Oneida Lake: Start your walleye search shallow and work deeper
until fish are found. Crankbaits, stick baits, jigs and live bait
should all work. Anglers fishing Toad Harbor were having good luck
Oswego River: Anglers fishing from the Utica Street Bridge to
the harbor are catching brown trout, steelhead and even a few
Salmon River: There are a few steelhead still spawning but most
fish being caught are dropbacks (fish that have finished spawning).
There are continued reports of Atlantic salmon being taken in the
lower section of river.
Sandy Pond: A few anglers are getting out in boats are getting
yellow perch and crappie on fathead minnows fished under
Sodus Bay: Anglers fishing around the bridge are getting
bluegills, rock bass and bullheads. Boat anglers are catching
yellow perch, bluegills, rock bass and bullheads.
Irondequoit Bay: Yellow perch fishing has picked up during the
last week for anglers fishing small minnows.
Genesee River: Brown trout being taken on spoons and egg
Finger Lakes/Southern Tier
Broome County: Arctic Lake, Finch Hollow, Greenwood Lake, Little
Choconut, Nanticoke Lake, Palmers Pond, Patterson Pond, Oquaga
Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, Nanticoke Creek, and East
Branch Nanticoke Creek.
Chenango County: Bowman Lake, Jeffrey Pond, Mill Brook
Reservoir, Pharsalia Pond, Guilford Lake, Genegantslet Creek and
the Otselic River.
Chemung County: Elbridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Post Creek,
Sing Sing Creek, Newton Creek, Cayuta Creek and Wyncoop Creek.
Schuyler County: Cayuta Creek, Potomac Pond, Foster Pond and
Seneca County: Canoga Creek.
Steuben County: Meads Creek, Canisteo River, Bennett Creek,
Canaseraga Creek, Cohocton River and Post Creek.
Tioga County: Catatonk Creek, Cayuta Creek, East Branch of Owego
Creek, Owego Creek, and West Branch of Owego Creek.
Seneca Lake: Lake trout are being taken in a variety of ways;
downriggers, Dipsy Divers and wire. Spoons and flashers and flies
are working. Fish are being taken 50-100 feet down over 100 to 150
feet of water.
Keuka Lake: Lake trout are being taken 80-110 feet down over 150
feet of water on flasher and flies and spoons.
Canandaigua Lake: Anglers fishing on the south end are still
getting yellow perch and crappies. Anglers toplining with spoons
and stick baits off planer boards are getting brown trout in the
Cayuga Lake: Brown trout and Atlantic salmon are still hitting
stick baits fished off side planers on the south end. Lake trout
are being taken around Dean’s Cove in 140-180 feet of water. Yellow
perch are being caught on the north end on fathead minnows in 10-15
feet of water.
Owasco Lake: Anglers fishing the north end are still getting
some yellow perch on fathead minnows in 15-20 feet of water.
Otisco Lake: Smallmouth bass fishing – catch-and-release – has
been good for anglers using Berkley PowerBait grubs and craws.
Skaneateles Lake: Anglers trolling with streamers are getting a
few Atlantic salmon, and shore anglers are still getting rainbows
with marshmallow and worm rigs.
Waneta and Lamoka lakes: Bullheads are hitting on night
crawlers. A few perch are being caught on small minnows.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Bullhead and channel catfish fishing
has really picked up. Night crawlers and cut-bait have both been
working. Some nice-sized yellow perch are being taken.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Catfish
were hitting well in the Susquehanna around the Nichols area on cut
bait. No walleye or bullhead activity to report.
Lake trout were active on some of the larger waters such as Lake
Placid, Hoel Pond and Raquette Lake. On Lake Champlain, there were
some fairly consistent reports of anglers picking up some solid
Atlantic salmon up high in the water column.
Some recently stocked waters include: Davis Lake, North Branch
Great Chazy River, Salmon River (Clinton County), Saranac River,
Ausable River, East Branch Ausable River, West Branch Ausable
River, Schroon River, Chateaugay River, Lake Colby and the Salmon
River (Franklin County).
Bluefish have invaded the South Shore bays to feed on the
schools of bunker that moved inshore over the last few weeks. The
areas around the Ponquogue and Smith Point bridges, the back of
Moriches Bay, the Great South Bay, Shinnecock Bay, and the Quogue
Canal experienced numerous blitzes, with bunker chunks, live bunker
and diamond jigs all top producers. Excellent bluefish action was
reported at Jessup’s Neck, around the 105 Bridge in Flanders, and
off Nassau Point on Storm Shad. The majority of the blues were in
the 7- to 10-pound range in all locations, with a few 12-pound
blues reported. The flounder fishing on the North Shore was
Steven at Wego Fishing reported that small weakfish are being
caught in the Peconic Bay. This is the first weakfish report of the
season. If the weather remains mild, weakfish should be showing up
in their traditional spots soon.
Frankie at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported a mix of stripers
and blues caught around Staten Island on the New Jersey Side, in
the back of Jamaica Bay and in the surf at Breezy Point on bunker
chunks, clams and plastic shad. A mix of bass and blues were caught
in Fire Island Inlet. Captain Chris of the Island Current Fleet
reported striped bass up to 25 pounds caught on diamond jigs off
Jack Yee reported that keeper bass are being taken around the
Montauk Point Lighthouse during the incoming tide and at Ditch
Plains. Also, the beaches at Georgica Pond had lots of bluefish and
squid are being caught at the Roughrider jetty.
The flounder fishing improved with the warming water, with the
best fishing occurring between buoys 14 and 15 in Moriches Bay, on
the Heckscher flats, and in the Shinnecock and Quogue canals. Brian
at Silly Lily Fishing Station reported the flounder fishing should
continue to improve as the season progresses. Sandworms have been
the top bait at all locations. The flounder season closes on May
Tom at Haskell’s Bait and Tackle reported a 2-pound, 14-ounce
white perch caught by Gene Hamilton of Quiogue in a brackish water
creek on a worm. What makes this catch so outstanding is that it’s
only 3 ounces short of the state record set back in 1991.
Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle reported that walleye and
pickerel were caught in Lake Ronkonkoma on live killies. Bill also
reported that Bubbles Falls and Rattlesnake Creek were stocked with
trout during the end of April and that anglers have been scoring
well using wax worms and mealworms, night crawlers and PowerBaits.
Nita at The Fisherman’s Deli reported an 18-inch largemouth bass
caught on a freshwater minnow in Cranberry Bog, as well as a mix of
pickerel and largemouths caught in Forge Pond, also on freshwater
Lake George anglers have been hitting lake trout with some
consistency, and landlocked salmon fishing has picked up a bit.
Virtually all the region’s popular trout waters, including
Kayaderosseras Creek, Brant Lake, Lake Luzerne and the Mettawee
River have been stocked.
Southeastern New York
Trout waters recently stocked in the region include:
Dutchess County: Crum Elbow Creek, Fishkill Creek, Iron Mine
Pond, Mill Pond Brook, Roeliff Jansen Kill, Sawkill, Sprout Creek,
Swamp River, Sylvan Lake, Ten Mile River, Wappingers Creek,
Webatuck Creek, Whaley Lake Brook.
Orange County: Askoti Lake, Blue Lake, Island Pond, Moodna
Creek, Neversink River, Ramapo River, Ringwood River, Round Pond,
Rutgers Creek, Shawangunk Kill, Shingle Kill, Skanatati Lake,
Walton Lake, Wawayanda Creek, Woodbury Creek.
Putnam County: Bog Brook Reservoir, Croton Falls Reservoir, East
Branch Croton River, West Branch Croton River, Diverting Reservoir,
Foundry Brook, Lake Gilead, Lake Gleneida, Peekskill Hollow Brook,
Shrub Oak Brook, Pelton Pond, Stillwater Pond, West Branch
Rockland County: Hessian Lake, Mahwah River, Minisceongo Creek,
North Branch Minisceongo Creek, Pascack Creek, Ramapo River, Stony
Brook, Tiorati Brook.
Westchester County: Amawalk Inlet, Amawalk Outlet, Cross River
Reservoir Outlet, Cross River Reservoir, Croton River, Kensico
Reservoir, Mianus River, Muscoot Reservoir, Peekskill Hollow Brook,
Stone Hill River, Titicus River, Titicus Reservoir, Waccabuc
East of Hudson Reservoirs: Anglers are reporting of good trout
fishing at Cross River, Croton Falls, Kensico, and West Branch. The
best bet for crappies is New Croton, Muscoot and Amawalk.
Catskill trout waters were at fairly low levels as we entered
May, all wadeable and offering pretty consistent fishing. Hatches
on the Beaverkill and Willowemoc centered on caddis, with March
Browns likely picking up by now.
St. Lawrence River: Not a lot to report on the pike and walleye
front; our last best info was that perch and bullhead action
Black Lake: A few walleye were reportedly taken on opening
weekend, and bullhead fishing was excellent at last look.