Lake Erie (trophy bass, walleye seasons) draws crowd Finger Lake/Southern Tier Report
The state park boat launches were open. Water temps ranged from 44 to 46 in the main lake. Anglers trolling were getting lake trout, brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Lake trout were coming on flasher and fly rigs fished 100 to 125 feet down over 130 to 175 feet of water. Fishing stick baits on the surface over 15 to 25 feet of water was working for the brown trout and salmon on the south end of the lake. Lake trout jigging was very good, with fish ranging from around 50 feet out to 150 feet of water.
Yellow perch were still in shallow but the bite was slow. Atlantic salmon were still being caught near the surface by trolling stick baits. A few brown trout have been mixed in. Lake trout fishing has been good for anglers trolling flasher/flies or spoons off downriggers. Lakers were near bottom over a wide variety of depths ranging from 40 to 120 feet.
Anglers were catching lakers 70 to 120 feet down over 130 to 150 feet of water trolling flasher/flies with downriggers or spoons on Seth Green rigs. Jigging for lakers continued to be productive in 90 to 120 feet of water. Most lake trout have been in the 2- to 4-pound range but a few over 10 pounds were caught lately.
Waneta and Lamoka lakes: Black crappie fishing continued to slow down but bullhead fishing at night has been picking up.
Anglers were getting yellow perch on the north and south ends on small minnows.
Black crappies and yellow perch fishing has slowed, but some were still being taken in the shallows on small minnows.
A few brown trout were being caught by trolling spoons and stick baits near shore. Lake trout were being caught near bottom over 90 to 120 feet of water using flasher/flies or spoons. A few perch were being reported near the north end of the lake.
The DEC launch is open and one dock is in. Bass were moving up in warm water areas. Perch were hitting well in the north end of the lake in the 20- to 30-foot range; use small minnows. Lake trout were hitting near bottom in 40 to 50 feet of water.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Not hearing a lot on the heels of some heavy rains, but with walleye season now open we should be getting more reports.
Whitney Point Reservoir
Some crappies awee being taken along the shoreline on small minnows. There were a lot of small crappies with some nice-sized ones mixed in. Bullhead fishing should pick back up with the warmer temperatures. Bullheads were being caught after dark on the north end of the Reservoir and also off Keibel Road.