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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – September 5th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Not hearing anything on the heels of the big Elite Series bass tournament.

Seneca Lake: Fleas have been less of an issue of late, but weed mats were still making trolling difficult. Lake trout continued to be found over a variety of depths, but trolling spoons, or flasher and flies (green has been a good color) from 40 to 120 feet down over 80 to 150 feet of water continued to work. Vertical jigging was also producing lake trout over a broad range, from 55 to 115 feet of water, and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue.

Canandaigua Lake: Weed mats were also making trolling difficult on this lake, as well. Overall, fishing remained slow but a few lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 50 to 80 feet down over 80 to 200 feet of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake: Not much new. Fishing has been slow but anglers trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 foot of water were getting some lakers. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Jigging has also been slow, with fish being marked in 100 to 120 feet of water but remaining fairly tight-lipped.

Owasco Lake: Smallmouth bass were being taken on plastics in 10 to 30 feet of water.

Otisco Lake: A few tiger muskies were hitting on spinnerbaits on the north end of the lake.

Skaneateles Lake: Smallmouth bass were being found in 10 to 30 feet of water. Good options are drop-shot rigs, tube jigs or live crayfish. A few lakers were being taken 50 feet down on spoons or fishing plastics.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rain events continued to make the rivers difficult to fish as of late last week. Most anglers were on the sidelines waiting for the chocolate color to change.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Walleye were still being taken around the islands. 

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