Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report, November 29th, 2012
Trolling small spoons, as well as flashers and flies, in 50 to 125 feet of water, was yielding both lake trout and rainbow trout. Rainbows have been slightly higher up in the water column than the lakers. Low water levels were a challenge
With the low water there was little salmon or brown trout activity to report in the tributaries. Landlocked salmon were being caught on the lake from the surface down to about 50 feet on spoons. Lake trout were hitting about 80 feet down, also on spoons.
Yellow perch were being caught on the south end off the pier at Watkins Glen, 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.
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 up the jig to entice a fish to hit. Lake trout were also hitting flashers and flies fished 130 to 155 feet down.
Panfish action has been good around the lake, with worms, fathead minnows and – if you can find them – spikes working well.
No new fishing information lately, but anglers fishing off the causeway usually do well this time of year for walleye by casting stickbaits after dark. So far, this fall’s walleye bite has been slow. The current lake level has made launching larger boats tricky for some anglers.
Docks have been removed from the launch. Shore fishing for rainbows continued to be slow, which is also true for landlocked salmon. The low flows in the tributaries may not be encouraging the fish to move near shore as usually happens this time of year.
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 these lures, along with spinnerbaits. Fishing large minnows is also working for pike.
Whitney Point Reservoir
The reservoir has returned to normal levels after being drawn down for maintenance. Launching boats is no longer a problem. There isn’t much new activity to report. Most folks are hunting deer. However, at this time of year walleye fishing should be good using stick baits such as Rapalas and also by jigging.