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Central New York Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

Lake Ontario: A thermocline was starting to set up but conditions were still somewhat unsettled. Look for brown trout early in the morning in 30 to 60 feet of water. Try spoons off downriggers, divers or lead core. For lake trout, troll cowbells and peanuts (small plugs) near bottom in 100 to 200 feet of water. Chinook salmon were still scattered but some were being found in 150 feet of water and taken on with flasher and flies. For the salmon keep covering water looking for bait. Smallmouth bass were being found in 10 to 15 feet of water; live bait like crayfish and minnows were productive.

Oneida Lake: Use caution as the lake is still running high from the recent rains and there may debris floating around. Look for bass in 5 to 10 feet of water with crankbaits, tube jigs, chatterbaits, swimbaits and bass jigs. Walleye were being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water on worm harnesses, jigs tipped with nightcrawler and blade baits. The presence of gobies may require some changes in rigging methods. Normally, fishing nightcrawlers higher off the bottom helps avoid some of the bait-stealing gobies, but if that’s where the walleye are that technique will not work. 

Oswego River: As the waters recede look for smallmouth bass with tube baits or crabs. 

Salmon River: There were some smallmouth bass being taken in the lower river.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Anglers continued to catch some nice bass in and around the weedbeds. Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and plastics.

Sandy Pond: As the aquatic vegetation gets thicker fishing on the pond has become more difficult. If fishing for bass try spinnerbaits or weedless frogs

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