NY: Trib fishing remains superb; blackfish best salt option Issue: 22

(A reminder: All persons, regardless of age, aboard a pleasure
vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Flotation Device
(PFD) from Nov. 1 to May 1.)

Western New York

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Tributary action has picked up
considerably thanks to rain and cooling temperatures. Salmon and
trout can be found in the creeks from Eighteen Mile to the Genesee
in good to very good numbers.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Dan Evans sends word that the fishing on
Eighteen Mile Creek in Erie County has been good for steelhead.
When you can get on the lake, perch action has been good in the 50-
to 70-foot depth range off Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus

Upper Niagara River: Muddy water conditions made for limited
fishing. A few trout were reported from the upper rapids area along
the Robert Moses Parkway.

Lower Niagara River: Your best bet may be to fish from shore and
seek out clearer waters. Egg imitations, spoons, spinners and jigs
will all catch fish if they can see your offerings.

Chautauqua Lake: Some muskies continued to be caught along the
western side of the lake in 12-15 feet of water on bucktail
spinners over and near weeds.

Orleans County: The Archer’s Club annual Catch-and-Release Derby
attracted 61 anglers to Oak Orchard Creek, with the top fish a
26.5-pound king taken by Joe Harkey. Water levels on all of the
streams within Orleans County were moderate at last look. Egg sacs,
Wooly Buggers, egg-sucking leeches and black nymphs are just a few
baits being used, in a broad variety of colors. Perch fishing was
spotty at best, but when they are caught the size has been good. At
the point, northern pike and carp were being taken in good numbers
and sizes. Both browns and chinooks were being taken on Johnson
Creek all the way up to the dam at Lyndonville. Both Sandy Creek
and Marsh Creek were showing good numbers of fish being taken in
favorable conditions On Lake Alice, crappie and bluegill fishing
remained good from the Waterport Bridge to the dam.

Central New York

Lake Ontario: You may still be able to get a few late salmon or
steelhead at the mouths of tributaries trolling with spoons,
flashers and flies or J-plugs.

Oneida Lake: The nighttime shore walleye bite has picked up.
Casting from shore just before and after dark with stick baits in
black and silver and blue and silver works well for this fall
walleye bite.

Oswego River: There are still good numbers of salmon throughout the
river. Estaz eggs, egg sacs, wooly buggers and crazy eggs are all

Salmon River: Salmon fishing remains very good and fish are being
taken throughout the river. There were still some fresh salmon
entering the lower river, while in the upper river salmon were
spawning. Steelhead and brown trout were being taken in the lower

Sodus Bay: Perch fishing has picked up, with fish being taken
throughout the bay. Larger perch are coming from the deeper water,
20 to 30 feet.

Irondequoit Bay: Yellow perch are biting in the bay, with the
bigger fish in deeper water around the buoys.

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier

Cayuga Lake: The boat launch at Allen Treman State Park has been
closed for the season in an effort to help prevent the spread of
Hydrilla (an invasive aquatic plant). Atlantic salmon and lake
trout were being taken down 50-70 feet over 120-150 feet on
flashers and flies or spoons. Perch fishing has picked up around
Union Springs.

Seneca Lake: Yellow perch fishing has been very good in 25 feet of
water throughout the lake. Small minnows or a bright-colored
bucktail jig tipped with worm has been working well.

Keuka Lake: Lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling
flashers and flies or spoons fished down 65 to 80 feet over 95 to
120 feet of water. Vertical jigging in 65 feet of water with
plastics was also working for lake trout.

Waneta and Lamoka lakes: Yellow perch were hitting on small minnows
in 15 feet of water.

Owasco Lake: At last check, lake trout fishing on the north end
continued to be hot or cold, depending on the day. Anglers vertical
jigging in 60 to 90 feet of water with plastics, or trolling 65 to
75 feet down over 115 to 125 feet of water with spoons are getting
into lake trout. Bass fishing remained good.

Otisco Lake: Largemouth bass are hitting in and around the weedbeds
on the north end of the lake.

Canandaigua Lake: Lake trout and some nice rainbow trout were still
hitting spoons and flashers and flies fished down 75-100 feet over
120 to 150 feet.

Skaneateles Lake: Yellow perch were being taken on small minnows or

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: High water
and nothing to report.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Drifting with bucktail jigs tipped with
minnows or worms was producing some walleye and smallmouths.
Fishing the spillway with jigs or stick baits was also working for


It’s hunting season in the ‘Dacks, and fishing has pretty much been
put on the backburner until the lakes and ponds freeze over. Some
decent bucks were taken during the early muzzleloader season, but
the early bear kill has been down sharply.

Long Island/NYC

The blackfishing has been excellent both inshore and offshore. The
inshore reefs, jetties and bridge abutments have all yielded keeper
blackfish on fiddler and green crabs. When sea conditions permitted
heading offshore, the blackfishing was excellent on the wrecks and
reefs. Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported excellent
blackfishing with a few large porgies mixed in at the Rockaway Reef
and on the Shrewsbury Rocks. On the East End, the blackfishing was
good on the north side of Plum Island and off the North Fork

A fair number of sea bass were mixed in with the blackfish and
porgies, which is a good sign for the second half of the sea bass
season. The porgy fishing has been slowing daily with the cooler
water temperatures.

The striped bass fishing continued to be excellent in the South
Shore inlets, with catches of 20 to 25 stripers per boat common
while clam chumming, reported Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle.
Bob also reported that larger stripers have been taking live eels
in the State Boat Channel between Lindenhurst Cut and Zack’s Bay
during the night tides. Good striper fishing was reported in
Jamaica Bay by the Breezy Point Jetty and off Fort Tilden. The
Ponquogue Bridge has had a pick of bass as well, but mostly at the
schoolies sizes. Very large bluefish were mixed in with the

The striper fishing off Montauk Point remained excellent, with
boats limiting out on stripers in the 20- to 30-pound class while
trolling tubes or parachutes, while diamond jigging and while live
baiting in the rips off the Point. The striped bass fishing in the
surf has been tough. Some of the best surf fishing for stripers has
been on the North Fork beaches, including Kenny’s Beach, McCabe’s
Beach and Horton’s Point, and from Rocky Point east to Orient
Point. Steve at Wego Fishing Bait and Tackle reported that North
Bar plugs were the top striper lure on the North Fork beaches and
that bluefish were eating bunker chunks at the same beaches. Steve
also reported that striped bass fishing by boat in The Gut was
primarily schoolie stripers, with the best action occurring during
the ebb tide. There was also good fishing striper fishing reported
in The Race.

There was also a very good mix of blowfish and kingfish in the
South Shore bays and harbors, with sandworms and small squid strips
excellent choices. Clam chum helped to bring and keep the fish near
the boats.

On the freshwater scene, George from the Fisherman’s Deli reported
that the cooler water temperatures have improved the pickerel,
crappie and yellow perch fishing. White spinnerbaits were the top
lures for pickerel, while live shiners produced the best action for
crappie and yellow perch.

Guy Zummo


Capital District

Not much fishing news with the Northern Zone deer season now in
full swing and trout season closed under statewide, general

Southeastern New York

John Miller at Bob’s Sport and Tackle (914-232-4085) in Katonah
reports that fishing pressure is definitely down, but the fishing
has been outstanding, especially for crappie at hotspots like
Muscoot and Croton reservoirs. A 3.5-pounder was weighed in late
last month. Brown trout action should be picking up with cooler
weather. Much of the focus has turned to the archery deer season,
however, and Miller reports some good bucks have been taken in
Westchester and Putnam counties by hunters fortunate enough to have
access to some private parcels.



Early November can produce some good BWO hatches, with cloudy days
being better than sunny days. The Beaverkill and Willowemoc were in
good shape at last check, and both remain open to fishing through
Nov. 30, with the no-kill stretches open year-round.


Thousand Islands

St. Lawrence River: Muskie fishing is picking up, but no word yet
on any huge fish. Perch and crappie action was also decent when
anglers were getting out on the water.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sports (315-324-5265) reports that
while a few anglers are on the water, most sportsmen are pursuing
deer or, in some cases, waterfowl. That said, some great crappie
action was reported late last month for those diehard anglers still
getting out there. Beyond that, it’s been tough getting much
information since deer season opened.


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