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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, October 5th, 2012

Cayuga Lake

Fishing continued to be slow on Cayuga, anglers were again marking fish and a lot of bait but having little luck getting strikes. Fishing 80 to 110 feet down with flasher and flies was producing a few lake trout, as was vertical jigging in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Seneca Lake

A few lake trout were hitting Spin Doctors and flies fished 70 to 90 feet down. Yellow perch fishing has been good off the pier in Watkins Glen, with small minnows working. Perch were also being caught by the salt plant.

Keuka Lake

Fishing was improving, with lake trout hitting 75 feet down over 150 feet of water. Vertical jigging in 100 to 120 feet of water around the Bluff area was also producing some lakers.

Owasco Lake

Vertical jigging with plastics in 75 to 100 feet of water has been producing lake trout on the north end. Bass fishing has also been good around the lake, with tube jigs and drop-shot rigs working well.

Canandaigua Lake

Fishing flashers and flies down 45 to 55 feet, over 150 of water, was producing a few lake trout. Vertical jigging in 60 to 70 feet was also yielding some lakers.

Skaneateles Lake

Bass fishing has been good along the shore for anglers using tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits. Yellow perch and rock bass are also hitting on the south end, with small minnows or jigs working.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers

Smallmouth bass action was good for anglers using topwaters and darker colored tube jigs. An occasional muskie has also been hooked on topwaters.

Whitney Point Reservoir

The reservoir was scheduled to be drawn down starting on Sept. 24, to allow for work on a new bubbler system and staff gauge work to be completed. The reservoir was to be drawn down about .25 feet a day over the next three weeks.

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