Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016
Weather and stream conditions had things shaping up well for the April 1 trout opener, with several waters stocked ahead of opening day and the Finger Lakes tributaries expected to hold good numbers of spawning lake-run rainbows.
Cayuga Lake: Anglers were getting some brown trout and Atlantics fishing stickbaits near the surface down to about 50 feet. There have been numerous reports of both the browns and Atlantics feeding on gobies. It may pay to try tube baits or other methods of bottom fishing that imitate gobies.
Seneca Lake: Not hearing anything from the perch crowd, but it can be good about now.
Canandaigua Lake: No report, but trout in the tribs will be popular starting April 1.
Owasco Lake: Nothing to report.
Skaneateles Lake: The state launch is closed for the season.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Rivers are up again from the recent rain and snowmelt so no new activity to report. And walleye season is now closed.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Probably won’t hear much now until walleye season reopens in May, but crappie may be an early-season option in the open water.