Central New York Fishing Report – May 17th, 2013
When the wind isn't blowing too hard and anglers can get out, they are getting some nice brown trout and lakers on stickbaits and small spoons. Natural colors like black and silver, blue and silver and goby imitating have been working well. Look for the warmest water or flumes of off colored water coming out from tributaries and bays.
Shore anglers were catching bullheads around the lake. Anglers getting out in boats were catching some black crappie and bullheads in Big Bay. A reminder that walleye season is now open, and also that you cannot fish for lake sturgeon since they are on the threatened fishes list. If you accidentally hook one please don’t fight it for long and release it quickly.
Anglers have been successful on bucktail jigs, crankbaits, cleos, stickbaits, and worms for a variety of species.
There were reports of drop-backs being caught. Anglers were also fishing the smaller Salmon River tributaries like Trout or Orwell brooks, or heading to smaller streams like Grout Brook, and North and South Sandy creeks. Good baits this time of year are egg sacs, beads, pink worms, night crawlers and streamers.
Anglers fishing the deeper water areas were getting some larger yellow perch. Try jigging along drop offs near the north end. Walleye season is open but we haven’t heard much yet. Try trolling or jigging deeper water just outside the weedbeds.
Yellow perch fishing continued to be slow, with anglers sorting through a lot of small perch to get some larger fish. Anglers fishing by the bridge on the south end were getting some bluegills, crappies, and bullheads. Walleye season is now open; try trolling or jigging deeper water just outside the weedbeds
Anglers were getting some black crappie, bluegills and yellow perch. Small minnows, worms and spikes are good bait choices. Bullheads and crappie were being taken along the shoreline on minnows or the typical bullhead baits.