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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, October 19th, 2012

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout fishing was slow, possibly due spawning activity. Fishing 80 to 110 feet down with flasher and flies was producing a few lakers, as was vertical jigging in 80 to 100 feet of water. Bass fishing has been good on the north end, with a variety of plastic baits working.

Seneca Lake

Lake trout fishing was slow again; bait and fish were being marked but getting strikes was difficult. Anglers were marking fish 70 to 110 feet down. A few lakers were hitting Spin Doctors and flies fished 70 to 90 feet down. Yellow perch were being caught on the south end and by the salt plant.

Keuka Lake

Lake trout were hitting flasher and fly setups fished 65 to 75 feet down. Vertical jigging in 100 to120 feet of water around the bluff area was also producing some lakers.

Owasco Lake

Vertical jigging with plastics in 75 to 110 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.

Otisco Lake

A few tiger muskies were being taken by anglers casting large spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Bass fishing has been good in the north end. The current low lake level has made launching larger boats tricky for some anglers.

Canandaigua Lake

Fishing flashers and flies down 25 to 80 feet was producing a few rainbow trout and lake tout at the deeper sets. Vertical jigging in 60 to 70 feet was also yielding some lakers.

Skaneateles Lake

Bass fishing slowed down some, but a few fish were still being caught along the shore with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and spinnerbaits. Yellow perch and rock bass were hitting on the south end on small minnows or jigs. Not hearing anything on the trout front.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers

Smallmouth bass were hitting on topwaters and darker colored tube jigs. An occasional muskie has also been hooked on top-water lures.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Not hearing a lot with the reservoir drawdown ongoing to allow for work on a new bubbler system and staff gauge. But that should be completed by now.

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