Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
Cayuga Lake: Weeds and water fleas continue to make trolling more difficult on the lake. Vertical jigging is an option instead of trolling if fleas become to aggravating. Bass and panfish were being caught on the north end.
Seneca Lake: Water fleas and weed mats were still making trolling difficult. Trolling down 35-55 feet with downriggers, or with wire and Dipsey divers was producing a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and even some lake trout. Lakers were also being taken 80-120 feet down over 100-250 feet of water on spoons and flashers and flies.
Canandaigua Lake: Anglers pulling copper were having a little better action and were getting lake trout in 50-80 feet of water on bottom.
Keuka Lake: Weed mats are making trolling challenging, and water fleas are beginning to become a nuisance also. Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 65-100 feet are still catching lake trout.
Owasco Lake: Fleas and weed mats were a headache for trollers. Anglers trolling down 50-60 feet over 120-150 feet of water, with spoons or flashers and flies were getting some lake trout, along with an occasional rainbow trout.
Otisco Lake: Some walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling down 25-30 feet on crankbaits, stick baits or worm harnesses. A few brown trout were also being taken by anglers trolling stick baits or spoons at the same depths.
Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being taken on tube jigs, Senko-style baits and drop-shot rigs in 5-25 feet of water. Young of the year yellow perch were getting large enough, around three-quarter inches, that trout and salmon were starting to feed on them.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for walleye in the deeper holes with jigs, crankbaits or nightcrawlers. Try topwaters, spinnerbaits or tube jigs for smallmouths.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye and smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits, either cast or trolled. Good colors have been perch patterns. Also, look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs tipped with nightcrawler, or worm harnesses.