Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – July 11th, 2014
Cayuga Lake: Trollers were getting lake trout on spoons fished 45 to 90 feet down. Vertical jigging was producing fish in 50 to 60 feet of water. Look for largemouth bass in the north end.
Seneca Lake: Trolling black & purple spoons 40 feet down over 50 to 90 feet of water was producing a few lakers and brown trout. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point for the lakers. Jigging in 40 to 50 feet of water was also working for lakers, as was fishing with alewives.
Canandaigua Lake: Water fleas were making trolling difficult on the lake. It may be a good time to try vertical jigging instead. A fish kill was reported on the north end of the lake, consisting mainly of panfish. The DEC Region 8 office has been notified and fish have been collected and sent to the lab.
Keuka Lake: Water fleas have started making trolling more difficult. Trolling down 40 to 80 feet over 125 feet of water was working for lake trout. Flasher and flies or spoons were both producing fish. With the fleas starting it may pay to vertical jig instead or try flea-flicker lines.
Owasco Lake: Jigging was producing a few lake trout in 60 to 75 feet of water. Some lake trout were also being taken on spoons or flasher and flies fished 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 80 feet of water.
Otisco Lake: Walleye were still being taken by anglers trolling after dark, and some were still hitting for anglers casting stick baits from shore after dark. Aquatic vegetation was making the shore casting more difficult, though. A few tiger muskies were being taken by anglers fishing for bass, and panfish were hitting for anglers fishing near shore.
Skaneateles Lake: The brown drake hatch may be slowing, but fishing late evening and after dark may still be productive for bass and trout. It's a great time to fly fish, or try small top-water baits for a variety of species – they are all feeding on the insects. Look for smallmouths right up near the bank or slightly off it. Good baits to try would be topwaters and stick worms. If that doesn’t work try moving deeper with drop-shot rigs, tube jigs or crayfish. Some lake trout were being taken in 25 to 30 feet of water.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for channel catfish in the deeper holes and give cut-bait a try. For walleye, try jigs tipped with night crawler. Smallmouth action should be picking up when the rivers clear; try tube jigs or crayfish.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye action continued to be good, with fish being taken throughout the reservoir. The panfish bite has slowed but some were still hitting on worms, small jigs and minnows. Channel catfish and bullhead were also being taken. For bass try crankbaits, (like Rapala shad raps) or live crayfish.