Finger lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
Cayuga Lake: Trolling in 80 to 160 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies, fished off downriggers, copper wire, or Dipsey Divers was producing lake trout. Vertical jigging was also working for lake trout in 50 to 150 feet of water.
Seneca Lake: Despite poor weather conditions, anglers still managed to catch some nice sized lake trout during the Memorial Day Derby. Lakers were hitting spoons and flasher and flies fished 60 to 150 feet down. Vertical jigging was also working in 65 to 135 feet of water.
Canandaigua Lake: Fishing spoons or flasher 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.
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. Trolling was also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies 140 to 160 feet down.
Owasco Lake: Anglers getting out on the north end were catching yellow perch on minnows. Anglers trolling with spoons or flasher and flies were getting some lake trout and a few brown trout.
Otisco Lake: A few walleye were being taken by anglers trolling with stick baits or spinner rigs.
Skaneateles Lake: Perch were being caught on the north end. Smallmouth bass were being taken by anglers taking advantage of the catch and release season. The regular season opens June 15. Tube jigs have been yielding the most bass.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: When water clarity allowed, walleye were being taken on hair jigs, with lighter colors like yellow or white working best. Smallmouth bass were hitting on darker colored tube jigs.
Whitney Point Reservoir: White crappie fishing continued to be good, with most of fish now being found away from shore. The walleye bite was starting to improve, with anglers getting them on worm harnesses.