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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – October 17th, 2014

Cayuga Lake: Lake trout were still being taken by anglers jigging in 60 to 100 feet of water. Trolling was also producing lake trout, with flasher and flies and spoons working well. Trolling 70 to 100 feet down over 120 to 180 feet of water has been a good starting point.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout were being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 feet of water. Flasher and flies in green or white continued to work well. Vertical jigging was also producing lakers in 85 to 120 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Trolling spoons 45 to 60 feet down was yielding lake trout and an occasional rainbow.
Keuka Lake: Jigging continued to improve, with lake trout being found in 55 to 115 feet of water and both The Bluff area and the Branchport arm producing fish. Trolling 55 to 75 feet down was also effective.

Otisco Lake: The lake is being drawn down, so use caution when boating. Like Oneida, some more seasonable weather is needed to start the fall shore walleye bite.

Owasco Lake: Lake trout were being taken on both the north and south ends, with jigging and trolling both producing fish in the 80- to 100-foot depths.

Skaneateles Lake: Not much to report. Shore fishing may produce a rainbow on marshmallow and worm rigs.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Smallmouth bass and walleye were hitting on crankbaits and live bait like sucker minnows or stonecats.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Not hearing anything of late, likely because it’s archery season and walleye anglers tend to be tight-lipped.

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