Finger lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013
Cayuga Lake: Anglers trolling stickbaits or spoons from 15 to 30 feet down were catching some brown trout and Atlantic salmon. Vertical jigging was yielding lakers in 50 to 150 feet of water. Perch were still being caught on the north end.
Seneca Lake: 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 flashers and flies fished 60 to 150 feet down. Some perch were starting to show up in shallow water bays throughout the lake.
Canandaigua Lake: Fishing spoons or flashers and flies down 90 to 100 feet has been good for lake trout. A few rainbow trout are also being caught trolling in 40 to 60 feet over a variety of depths.
Keuka Lake: 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.
Owasco Lake: Anglers getting out on the north end were catching yellow perch, and bullheads were being taken on the south end.
Otisco Lake: Tiger muskie fishing has been good for anglers targeting them. Remember, tiger muskies must be 36 inches to be legal on Otisco Lake. Anglers taking advantage of the catch-and-release bass season were getting some nice-sized smallmouth and largemouth bass. A few walleye were also being taken by anglers trolling with stickbaits or spinner rigs.
Skaneateles Lake: Perch were being caught on the north end. A few lake trout and rainbow trout were being caught by anglers fishing for the perch or bass in 15 to 25 feet of water.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Walleye were being taken on hair jigs, with lighter colors like yellow or white working. A reminder that muskies and tiger muskies must be 40 inches to be legal on the Susquehanna, Chenango and Tioughnioga rivers.
Whitney Point Reservoir: White crappie fishing has been very good, with fish hitting a variety of baits. Most crappie were being taken near shore on minnows or small jigs, but others are being caught offshore by anglers trolling worm harnesses and crankbaits for walleye. Some walleye were being taken also. Bullhead were being taken by shore anglers fishing off the Kiebel Road side