Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, November 16th, 2012
With the low water there is little salmon or brown trout activity to report in the tributaries. That could change with a rainy weather pattern, however.
Yellow perch were being caught on the south end off the pier, near the salt plant, and in the vicinity of Severne Point. Northern pike fishing has been good on the south end. Try large minnows fished under a bobber. There were very few reports from trout anglers, but jigging for lake trout should be good near points.
Vertical jigging in 80 to 150 feet of water around the Bluff area was still producing a lot of lake trout. Use your depth finder to locate fish and try reeling the jig up to entice a fish to hit.
Panfish action has been good around the lake, with worms, fathead minnows and – if you can find them – spikes working well. Vertical jigging with plastics in 75 to 110 feet of water on the north end was still producing lake trout.
A few yellow perch, bass and an occasional rainbow were being caught, but overall the fishing has been slow. Try the north end for smallmouth bass using hard and soft jerkbaits, tubes and hair jigs.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Smallmouth bass and walleye were hitting on darker colored tube jigs and crankbaits. Anglers have also been catching northern pike on those lures, as well as on spinnerbaits. Fishing large minnows was also working for the pike.
Whitney Point Reservoir
The reservoir has returned to normal levels after being drawn for maintenance. Launching boats is no longer a problem. Because of the interruption, however, we don’t have much for fishing reports. But walleye fishing should be good using stick baits such as Rapalas and also by jigging.