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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Lake trout fishing continued to be good for both anglers trolling and vertical jigging. Water fleas were starting to show up though, which is a headache for trollers. Weed mats are also a nuisance in some areas for anglers trolling.

Seneca Lake: Lake trout were still relatively shallow and were being taken by anglers trolling 35 to 50 feet down over 80 to 120 feet of water. Vertical jigging was producing lake trout in 50 to 70 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake: Fishing continued to be slow but some lakers and occasional rainbow trout were being taken by anglers trolling 50 to 75 feet down over 80 to 125 feet of water.

Keuka Lake: Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet were still catching lake trout. Trolling is also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies in 100 to 150 foot of water. Trolling was a challenge, however, with weed mats and water fleas on the lake.

Owasco Lake: Look for lake trout in 70 to 100 foot of water with spoons or flasher and flies. Some rainbow trout were also being taken at those depths. Yellow perch and bass were being taken on minnows or crayfish; try tube jigs also for the bass.

Otisco Lake: Tiger muskie fishing continued to be good in 10 to 15 feet of water. Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds. Try casting into the holes in the weeds with a Texas rigged tubed jig or creature bait.

Skaneateles Lake: Anglers fishing along shore and out to 20 feet of water were still getting some nice smallmouth bass on tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and top-water lures.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Look for walleye in the deeper holes with crankbaits or jigs and try tube jigs for the bass when conditions allow.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Look for bass along shore; for walleyes try in 10 feet of water and also in the old river channel.


Lake Champlain continued to yield both smallmouth and largemouth bass, as it always seems to do. But the big story continued to be the lake trout fishery, with plenty of fish being taken by anglers, including several topping 10 pounds. Bryce Collins of Eastern View Outfitters in Plattsburgh boated a 14-pound laker on a rare off day when he took to the water solo.

On the West Branch of the Ausable, it’s trico time, with some great mid-morning fishing available on tiny patterns. Keep an eye on water temps and give the fish a break when they approach 70 degrees.

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