Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

Cayuga Lake: Weeds and water fleas were beginning to make trolling more difficult. Trolling down 60-90 feet over 80-120 feet of water with spoons or flasher and flies, fished off downriggers, copper wire or Dipsey Divers was producing lake trout. Atlantic salmon were being taken on spoons fished 30-50 feet down over 60-120 feet of water. Lures in a variety of shades of green have been working well for the trout and salmon. Bass and panfish were being caught on the north end.
(A reminder: Fishing will no longer be permitted in the area adjacent to the gates at Mud Lock on the north end of Cayuga Lake. Abuse of the site by anglers, including leaving trash and having shore fires, has prompted the Canal Corporation to close the area to fishing. There are also safety concerns at that location. There is no problem using the DEC fishing access site just upstream of the lock, however. Please remember to “Carry In and Carry Out” and respect the environment.)

Seneca Lake: Water fleas and weed mats were beginning to make trolling more difficult. The early-morning bite has been better for anglers trolling down 30-50 feet with wire and Dipsy Divers and was producing some salmon and lake trout. Lake trout were also being taken 40-80 feet down over 80-110 feet of water on spoons and flasher and flies.

Canandaigua Lake: Fishing was slow, with bait being marked in 40-70 feet of water. Trolling down 40-70 feet with spoons or flasher and flies would be a good starting point. A few rainbow trout were being caught trolling down 40-50 feet over a variety of depths.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 65-100 feet were still catching lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working, as well.

Owasco Lake: Fleas were beginning to make trolling a challenge. Anglers trolling down 45-60 feet with spoons or flasher and flies were getting some lake trout, along with an occasional rainbow. More bait is being marked in the mid-lake area than on the north end.

Otisco Lake: Some walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling down 25-30 feet on crankbaits, stick baits or worm harnesses.
(There has been a lot of litter left along the causeway recently, so please remember to “Carry in and Carry Out” and respect the environment.)

Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouths were being taken on tube jigs, spinnerbaits, and topwaters. Drop-shot rigs or live bait such as minnows, nightcrawlers or crayfish are also worth a try.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Not hearing a lot due to high waters left over from the heavy rains earlier this month. Things may clear soon, however, and bass action should be good.

Whitney Point Reservoir: The walleye bite had been good before the high water for anglers fishing worm harnesses, jigs and crankbaits. When conditions settle down, try small minnows and jigs for crappies and crankbaits for bass.

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