NY: Kings begin staging off creek mouths; fall patterns kick in Issue: 19

Western New York

Lake Ontario and tributaries: King salmon should be staging off the
creek mouths and pier action at night is slowly starting to happen
in Olcott.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Most consistent bass areas have been
around Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef and Waverly Shoal, but you can find
fish wherever there is structure. Tube jigs, drop-shot rigs, crabs,
shiners and worm harnesses will all catch fish. Barcelona is still
yielding some walleye in the 70-115 foot range, using worm
harnesses or stick baits 55 to 65 feet down. Perch fishermen
reported fair action from Cattaraugus Creek to Evangola State Park
in 50 to 65 feet of water. Emerald shiners are the bait of choice.
Trout should be getting ready to run up the creeks soon if they
haven’t already.

Upper Niagara River: The head of the river is still producing good
numbers of smallmouth bass and walleye on crabs, worm harnesses or
shiners. Bass are also being caught around Strawberry, Motor and
Navy islands. Muskie were showing up in the triangle off Strawberry
Island and around Huntley. A mix of panfish and bass was still
being caught off the shoreline from Tonawanda to Buffalo.

Lower Niagara River: Action for salmon has been spotty off the NY
Power Authority fish platform, but they were catching a few fish.
Boaters were not doing as well, with the afternoon bite your best
bet by dragging a large Kwikfish lure behind a three-way rig. Bass
were hitting throughout the river on crabs, shiners and tube
jigs.

Chautauqua Lake: Smallmouth bass were starting to move into the
shallows around Warner’s Bay, according to Craig Robbins of
Jamestown. Use top-water buzzbaits in the morning and early evening
under low-light conditions. Muskie trollers were working the waters
from the bridge to Ashville Bay in 13 to 16 feet of water, trolling
shallow-running perch-colored crankbaits. Power trolling from 3.9
to 5.1 mph seems to be the most effective tactic.

Orleans County: Fishing on Lake Ontario off Orleans County is
setting up as a two-zone fishery. The big chinooks were moving
closer to shore preparing for their spawning runs. Mixed in with
them were some great brown trout in that tight water. This is the
time of year that J-Plugs, big flashers and meat rigs really come
into their own. It’s also the time of year that the on-shore
fishery is good for a few hours in the early morning and then again
in the late afternoon and early evening. Then there is the offshore
fishery for steelhead, cohos and the younger chinooks. Many will
fish this area when the on-shore fishery slows down.

At the Point and on The Oak, chinooks were being taken from the
piers and along the shoreline. Big northern pike were being caught
all along the lower portion of The Oak, as well as bass, walleye
and some steelhead.

Above the dam on Lake Alice, great catches of bluegill and crappie
were still being taken and the stretch of Oak Orchard Creek between
Lake Alice and Glenwood Lake is still excellent for smallmouth
bass.

It shouldn’t be too long before good fishing starts in on both
Marsh Creek and Johnson Creek.

Right now the entire length of the Erie Canal throughout Orleans
County is producing some great smallmouth bass fishing.

Central New York

Lake Ontario: Salmon were being taken in 55 to 110 feet of water.
The productive depth has been changing almost daily though, as the
cold water gets moved around. Fishing 40 to 80 feet down is a good
starting point. Good baits continue to be flashers and flies, cut
bait, large spoons and J-plugs. Good colors have been green,
chrome, white, glow green ladderback and gold.

Oneida Lake: Walleye fishing remained slow. Yellow perch fishing
has picked up with fish being taken on small crayfish in 10 to 20
feet of water. Smallmouth bass fishing also slowed down but some
are still hitting tube jigs and drop-shot rigs around the shoals.
There also continues to be smallmouth hitting around schools of
small gizzard shad.

Onondaga Lake: The main lake, Inner Harbor and Seneca River have
been producing carp in the 30-pound range. Corn and boilies have
been working well. The Seneca, Oneida and Oswego rivers are also
producing big carp, with fruit-flavored hookbaits and packbaits
working well.

Oswego River: There were reports of a few salmon moving into the
river with the recent high water. The bridge over Oswego Canal Lock
7 at Leto Island has been closed to vehicle traffic by the state
Department of Transportation.

Salmon River: A few salmon have been reported in the lower
river.

Sandy Pond: Fishing has been difficult but largemouth bass were
hitting a variety of Texas-rigged plastic baits and top-water
baits.

Sodus Bay: Largemouth bass were still hitting Senko-style baits,
and a few pike were being taken on large spoons.

Irondequoit Bay: Largemouth bass are hitting Senko-style baits and
a few pike were being caught on spoons.

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier

Cayuga Lake: Lake trout, Atlantic salmon and brown trout were still
hitting for anglers trolling with spoons or flashers and flies off
downriggers, Dipsey Divers, lead core and copper. Fishing 70 to 90
feet down with riggers and running Dipseys back 200 to 300 feet,
and running copper at 350 to 400 feet has been working. Good colors
have been white, green, purple and blue. Vertical jigging with
plastics continued to be good from 75 to 95 feet of water. Some
nice-sized brown trout were also being taken by anglers vertical
jigging for lake trout.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout are being taken on spoons and flashers and
flies fished down 100 feet over 150 feet of water. Trolling very
slowly (1 mph) with blue and silver colored baits has been working
well. Vertical jigging with chartreuse plastics has also been good
for lake trout in 65 to 95 feet of water. Anglers trolling very
close to bottom were also catching some large brown trout.
Smallmouth bass and yellow perch were hitting on crayfish and
minnows fished off the pier. Anglers fishing large minnows under
bobbers were catching some northern pike around Sampson.

Keuka Lake: Lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling
flashers and flies, or spoons, off downriggers fished down 100 to
130 feet over 150 feet of water.

Waneta and Lamoka lakes: Muskie fishing has been fair for anglers
trolling with large stick baits in silver and blue, red and white
or chartreuse. Smallmouth bass and some yellow perch were hitting
on crayfish. Largemouth bass fishing also remained good, with fish
hitting a wide variety of baits.

Owasco Lake: A few lake trout were being taken by anglers vertical
jigging with plastic or spoons in 75 to 95 feet of water. Yellow
perch were being caught on small minnows around the lake.

Otisco Lake: A few nice walleye, and a bonus tiger muskie have been
taken by anglers trolling 25 to 30 feet down over 45 to 60 feet of
water.

Canandaigua Lake: Lake trout and rainbow trout were hitting spoons
and flashers and flies fished down 55 to 85 feet.

Skaneateles Lake: Trolling 45 feet down with perch-colored spoons
was producing lake trout and Atlantic salmon. Lake trout were also
hitting 90 feet down over 140 feet of water. Smallmouth bass and
rock bass were hitting along the shore out to about 40 feet of
water for anglers fishing with tube baits, super flukes, drop-shot
rigs and crayfish. Yellow perch fishing was starting to pick up,
with fish being taken on small minnows or crayfish.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: No fishing
activities to report as all the rivers are at flood level.

Whitney Point Reservoir: No fishing activity to report as the
reservoir is at flood level.

Adirondacks

The Lake Placid Fly Guys (www.lakeplacidflyguys.com) report that
water levels on the West Branch of the Ausable River have come down
to very nice fishing levels and the water temps are in the low
sixties adding up to some very good conditions. Isonychia nymphs
still a good choice but fish are chasing streamers and eating
caddis, hoppers and even stimulators on top, particularly in the
afternoon. Pond and lake temps have dropped and the action there is
quite good also.

Not hearing a lot on Lake Champlain, but this is usually a great
time for some fall smallmouth bass fishing, and lakers and
landlocks are moving up in the water column.

Long Island/NYC

Hurricane Irene pretty much shut down the offshore fishing for the
first week of this report, but by the second week the canyons were
alive with blue marlin to 500 pounds, mahi and tuna. The marlin
were taken on the troll from Hendrickson Canyon to The Dip. Some of
the best offshore fishing was reported off Montauk Point, with
yellowfin tuna to 70 pounds being trolled, makos to 125 pounds
chummed closer to shore, and a few swordfish on squid fished deep
at night.

The inshore fishing has begun its change to a fall season pattern.
Stripers are beginning to show up along the open beaches along the
entire South Shore. The action is still spotty, with fresh clams
and sandworms the best baits. Captain Scott Jeffery at East End
Bait and Tackle reported stripers at Cupsogue, Shagwong and the
Ponquogue Bridge. Stripers were caught with clam bellies fished at
the South Shore Inlet bridges and rips. The West Bars of Jones and
Fire Island inlets yielded stripers to 20 pounds, along with a few
bluefish on clam bellies. Captain Neil of the Laura Lee reported
that the night striper trips in Fire Island Inlet have yielded more
stripers as the water has begun to cool. Eels were the top
bait.

The striper fishing improved off Montauk Point once the seas
subsided enough after the hurricane to safely fish the rips and
bars. Live bait drifted and parachute jigs trolled on wire in the
rips were the top techniques. Stripers to 25 pounds were
common.

On the North Shore, stripers to 25 pounds were caught off Eatons
Neck on bunker chunks. Stripers are beginning to show up along the
beaches, with bunker chunks the best bait with a few stripers and
blues caught on tins. Stripers and blues were caught in The Race
and The Gut on bucktails fished on a 3-way rig.

The fluke fishing offshore remains slow due to the effects of
Hurricane Irene, but inside the inlets the fishing has improved
since the fluke have begun leaving the South Shore back bays and
have been working their way to the inlets. The majority of the
fluke are short, but there were enough keepers to make the trips
worthwhile. Spearing and squid, live killies and fluke belly strips
all produced quality fluke. Mixed in with the fluke were lizard
fish, sea bass, sea robins and a few northern kingfish. The best
fishing occurred during the first half of the outgoing tide.

In Jamaica Bay, the fluke fishing has been excellent, with fluke to
8 pound reported. There have also been enough weakfish around for
anglers to specifically target them, especially around Floyd
Bennett Field. Squid strips and sand worms both caught
weakfish.

In the Sound, the Middle Grounds has been producing blues in the 3-
to 5-pound class, with the occasional 10-pounder being caught. The
blues were caught trolling umbrella rigs and on fresh bunker chunks
and diamond jigs fished over the high spots. The fluke fishing off
Montauk Point slowed after the hurricane but began to improve a few
days after the seas let down. The top spots were Frisbee,
Cartwright and CIA.

Excellent bluefishing, with fish from 7 to 15 pounds, was reported
in New York Bight around Ambrose Channel. The daytime bite was on
chunks and diamond jigs, with chunks working best on the nighttime
trips.

The porgy fishing in the Peconic remains strong, with a few
weakfish also reported. Along the South Shore, porgies were caught
from the jetties in the inlets. The porgy and sea bass fishing off
Montauk Point was excellent, with porgies to 2.5 pounds and sea
bass to 5 pounds common. Excellent porgy fishing was reported in
New York Bight.

The opening of the Canada goose season started off with reports of
geese being taken from the islands located in the South Shore
bays.

Guy Zummo

flyfishguy@optonline.net

Capital District

Lake George fishing pressure is on the decline now as many
sportsmen and woman transition to hunting season. But the most
recent reports indicated smallmouth bass action was very good at
about 40 feet on various plastics, and lakers were continuing to
move up in the water column, at about 90 feet at last check. Not a
lot of salmon were being caught, but the ones boated were
good-sized fish. Streams have returned to fishable levels, although
the flooding definitely altered some streambeds.

Southeastern New York

John Miller at Bob’s Sport and Tackle reports fishing has been
excellent, but not many anglers have been venturing out. Kensico
Reservoir yielded a 15-pound brown trout, and Miller says the
reservoirs are in great fishing condition, with levels up just
slightly and water temps nice and cool.

www.bobssportandtackle.com

Catskills

While the rivers remained high, they continued to recede and the
Beaverkill and Willowemoc were at wadeable levels last week.
Fishing will almost assuredly improve as water levels return toward
normal and waters begin to cool. Generally, hatches will include
caddis, isonychias and BWOs.

www.catskillflies.com

Thousand Islands

St. Lawrence River: Most of the focus remained on smallmouths and
walleye, and the fishing has been good. Northern pike have also
been cooperating, and this is the time of year when the muskie
hunters begin their quest for big fish.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sports (315-324-5265) reports
angling pressure is starting to decline, but fishing should be
great for bluegill and crappie, and smallmouth bass action should
also be very good as fall patterns kick in.

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