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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

(Note to anglers: Heavy rains last week created treacherous boating conditions and prompted a small craft advisory on some Finger Lakes. If you head out keep an eye out for floating debris; there is lots of it out there.)

Cayuga Lake: Before the rains, fishing had picked up and anglers were getting lake trout trolling spoons or jigging with plastics in 50 to 75 feet of water. Yellow perch were hitting small minnows or jigs fished along the shoreline.

Seneca Lake: Use caution if you go. There is some serious debris – big stuff – floating around the lake right now. Before the high water conditions, lake trout were being taken by anglers trolling or jigging in 50 to 150 feet of water. Atlantic salmon were being taken by trolling stick baits or spoons, anywhere from just below surface to 40 feet down.

Canandaigua Lake: Fishing has been slow. Try trolling spoons in 90 to 100 feet of water for lakers.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet were still catching lake trout. Tubes and fluke-style plastics have been working well. Trolling was also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies in 100 to 170 feet of water. Keep an eye out for floating debris.

Owasco Lake: Some lake trout were being taken on spoons trolled in the south end in 80 to 100 feet of water.

Otisco Lake: Tiger muskies are hitting along the shore in 8 to 10 feet of water, and also in the north end. Casting chatterbaits (also called a bladed jig) with a swimbait trailer over weedbeds was working well. Don’t forget to use the wire leader. If tigers follow but don’t hit, try doing a Figure 8. Bass anglers were getting a mix of smallmouth and largemouth bass casting small crankbaits or Senko-style baits along the shoreline out to about 10 feet of water. A few walleye were being taken by anglers trolling or casting after dark.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore were still getting a mixed bag of smallmouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. That may have changed with the heavy rains, however, which dramatically slowed fishing activity.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: The rivers were running high and chocolaty, making the June 20 bass opener a non-event. Not hearing much lately.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Look for crappie along the shore; they were being caught on both jigs and small minnows. Try jigs, worm harnesses, or crankbaits for walleye. Bullhead and channel catfish should be hitting on nightcrawlers; also, try cut bait for the catfish.

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