Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013
Cayuga Lake: Trolling down 70 to 90 feet in 100 to 150 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies, fished off downriggers, copper wire, or Dipsey divers was yielding lake trout. Bass and panfish were being caught on the north end.
Seneca Lake: Fishing picked up of late, with lake trout being taken 40 to 70 feet down over 90 feet of water. Lake trout were hitting spoons and flasher and flies.
Canandaigua Lake: A few rainbow trout were being caught trolling down 40 to 50 feet over a variety of depths.
Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 65 to 85 feet were still catching lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working well.
Owasco Lake: Anglers trolling down 30 to 50 feet with spoons or flasher and flies were still getting some lake trout on the north end. Yellow perch and bluegill were also being caught on the north end.
Otisco Lake: A few walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling with stickbaits or spinner rigs during the day. Look for bass near shore and along the weed edges.
Skaneateles Lake: The brown drake hatch is on, so fishing with flies just before dark should be productive for rock bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch and rainbow trout. Fishing near shore with tube jigs, spinnerbaits, or topwaters would be a good starting point for the smallmouth bass.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rivers were high on the heels of the seemingly endless rains. Nothing to report.
Whitney Point Reservoir: The walleye bite has been good for anglers fishing worm harnesses, jigs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass were hitting on crankbaits near shore.