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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, August 10th, 2012

Cayuga Lake

Waterfleas were less of a problem, but floating weedmats are still an issue. It seems to change from day to day, with spoons outfishing flashers and flies one day and then the reverse the next. Lake trout were hitting spoons, or flasher-fly rigs fished 55 to 80 feet down over 80 to 150 feet of water. Starting Dipseys at 200 to 300 feet back, 10 colors of lead core, and copper at 400 feet back have been good starting points. Vertical jigging continued to be good for lakers in 75 to 95 feet of water.

Seneca Lake

Waterfleas were still a nuisance at last check. Anglers were catching northern pike on minnows, stick baits and spoons in the Watkins Glen area. Lake trout were hitting Spin Doctors and flies fished 125 feet down over 400 feet of water. Atlantic salmon were being taken 50 feet down in the middle of the lake.

Keuka Lake

Anglers were catching lake trout 115 to 125 feet down over 140 to 160 feet of water. Trolling with spoons or flasher and flies has been working. Jigging around the Bluff has been good for lakers in 105 to 115 feet of water.
Waneta and Lamoka lakes: Not hearing much lately.

Owasco Lake

Waterfleas were making trolling difficult. The thermocline has set up at about 50 feet. Lake trout were being taken down 60 to 120 feet of water on spoons, and also on bottom in 100 feet of by anglers fishing with live alewives.

Otisco Lake

Trolling with worm harnesses has been working for walleye. Bass were hitting wacky-rigged stickworms and plastic worms on drop-shot rigs in 10 feet of water along weed edges. Flipping tube baits and creature baits into the weedmats is also working for largemouth bass.

Canandaigua Lake

Waterfleas were a headache. Still, lake trout and rainbow trout were being caught by trolling spoons, or flashers and flies down 55 to 85 feet, over 80 to 150 feet of water.

Skaneateles Lake

Rainbow trout were hitting small spoons fished down about 20 feet. The early-morning – and we mean early morning – bite has been best, with action slowing down about 7:30 a.m. Lake trout were also hitting on spoons fished 55 to 60 feet down. Trout were feeding on small yellow perch, so good colors for the spoons have been perch colors. Glow baits were also working well. Bass fishing along the shore continued to be good from 5 to 30 feet of water with tube jigs, topwaters and drop-shot rigs. Good colors for the drop-shot plastics and Berkley Gulp! baits have been minnow-imitating colors. The bite has been good throughout the day.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers

Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers were working for the walleye and tube jigs and topwaters for the bass.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along the shoreline, with crankbaits working well. Walleye fishing has been good early or late in the day for anglers trolling with worm harness and nightcrawlers along the old river channel.

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