Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report – April 1st, 2016
DEC fisheries biologist report that the mild winter sent spawning rainbow trout into the Finger Lakes tributaries earlier than normal, and many fish had returned to the lake ahead of the April 1 trout opener. Still, expect plenty of rainbows to be available on opening day. Electroshocking efforts on Catherine Creek, a Seneca Lake trib, showed fish numbers in the creek were down due to the early spawning run.
Cayuga Lake: Anglers were getting some brown trout and Atlantic salmon on 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 also pay to try tube baits or other methods of bottom fishing that imitate gobies. Lake trout were being found in 90 to 150 feet of water by anglers jigging and trolling. Yellow perch were being caught on the north end.
Seneca Lake: Atlantic salmon were being taken by anglers trolling near the surface over 100 feet of water.
Owasco Lake: Anglers were getting some yellow perch at the north end. Lake trout were being found in 100 to 150 feet of water.
Skaneateles Lake: The state launch is open and the docks are in. Yellow perch were being caught at the north end on minnows.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Not hearing much with walleye season now closed.
Whitney Point Reservoir: No report.