Finger lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – May 17th, 2013
Anglers trolling stickbaits or spoons from the surface down to about 15 feet were still catching brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Good colors when in the turbid water have been firetiger and chartreuse. Lake trout were being taken by anglers vertical jigging in 125 to 150 feet of water. Trolling with spoons or flasher and flies, fished off downriggers or Dipsey Divers is also working for lake trout. Anglers fishing the north end were getting yellow perch and panfish on minnows or spikes. A lot of small perch are still being caught for every keeper.
Brown trout and Atlantic salmon were hitting on spoons and stickbaits trolled near the surface down to 20 feet below the surface. Lake trout were hitting spoons and flasher and flies fished 60 to 150 feet down. Some perch were starting to show up in shallow water bays throughout the lake.
Fishing spoons or flashers and flies down 90 to 100 feet has been working for lake trout. A few rainbow trout were also being caught trolling in 40 to 60 feet over a variety of depths. The Woodville Fishing Access Site boat launch is now open.
Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 110 to 160 feet were catching good numbers of lake trout. Tubes and fluke style plastics have been working well. Trolling was also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies 140 to 160 feet down.
Anglers getting out on the north end were catching yellow perch, and bullheads were being taken on the south end. Brown trout were also being caught.
The DEC launch ramp is open and the docks are in. Anglers were still catching some yellow perch on the north and south ends. Perch were being found in 15 to 25 feet. A few lake trout are also being taken.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye season has opened but we haven’t heard much lately.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Bullheads were being taken by shore anglers fishing off the Kiebel Road side. Channel catfish were also being caught on the north end. Walleye season is now open.