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New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 23, 2022

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Summer is wasting no time in getting around to one of its busiest weekends as Independence Day is on the horizon and offering many a three-day weekend. That likely means a lot of boating, fishing and camping will be going on, applying some pressure to New York’s popular public outdoor attractions. So, if you’re looking to squeeze in some time at your favorite bass lake or get in one more trout fishing outing, hopefully you’ve got somewhere off the beaten path to do so.

1000 Islands Region

Black Lake

Michael Bell, of Chapman’s Sports Shop, reports the bass fishing has been decent on the lake. People are dragging Ned rigs and wacky worms around rocky points and grass edges. Vegetation isn’t as high as it should be for this time of year, but anglers are enjoying success burning spinnerbaits along the edges of any weeds available. The northern pike fishing has slowed down, but anglers casting No. 4 & No. 5 Mepps in hot orange, hot chartreuse, hot pink and Firetiger continue to catch fish around the weeds. 

Bluegills are in near shore shallows on beds. Best way to catch and target them is a small ice jig tipped with a piece of worm or spikes or 1- to 11⁄2-inch plastics on a small jig or suspended under a bobber.

1000 Island:

Brad Paradis, of Gajo Baits, reports northern pike, walleyes and perch are all biting well on the St. Lawrence River. Bass season has finally started! The shallow water temperatures are hovering in the low sixties and many smallmouth are on their beds or heading there in most bays and shoals. Hair jigs across the flats and small swimbaits are working well. 

Walleyes continue to be caught in the 20- to 28-foot range near sand bars and channel breaks leading to the tributaries along the river. Blade baits, trolling divers and mister twister grubs are putting the walleye in the boat. The northern pike are roaming the weed edges and readily strike jerkbaits and spinnerbaits focusing on that 8- to 10-foot range. Perch continued to bite in the 25 -to 30-foot range. Dropshot presentation with either flat head minnows or small plastics can put you on the perch. 

Eastern Basin

Charter captains trolling report bass and scattered brown trout in the Eastern Basin are hitting J-9 and J-11 Rapalas in approximately 15-foot of water. Standout colors are orange and black-and-gold. Best trolling speed seems to be around 2-knots. Larger concentrations of browns are pushing deeper as most hits are coming out of 70 to 75 feet over 100 foot of water. Michigan Stingers spoons are producing well for boats concentrating on the high rocks off Henderson

Smallmouth bass are in all three phases of the spawn, pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn with good concentrations of fish holding in the 4- to 18-foot zone. Senkos, dropshot, swimbaits, jigs, spinnerbaits and jerkbaits are all producing strikes. If you hit a few bedding fish, consider an immediate release, so they can continue guarding their nests. 

Captain Burnie Haney, New York Fishing Adventures, burniehaney.com

Adirondacks

It’s been an excellent trout season for many anglers, especially those hitting the back-country ponds. As the waters warm, things will wind down and the focus will be on summer fishing mainly for bass. Bigger lakes, like Lake George have been producing plenty of lake trout and even a few salmon. 

Capital District/Upper Hudson Valley

With the bass season open, things are picking up on waters like the Mohawk River, Ballston Lake and on northern stretches of the Hudson, especially around Schuylerville, Moreau Lake State Park and Queensbury. Warmer weather will quiet trout fishing. 

Catskills/Southeastern N.Y.

Water levels are still in a good place overall with scattered shower activity occasionally keeping the fish active on most Catskill/Southeastern trout waters. For fly anglers, March Brown hatches have been very consistent so make sure you have both nymph and dry-fly versions. Anglers using a combination of March Brown dry fly with a Caddis as a dropper will be doing well. Other patterns to consider right now are Sulphur, Yellow Stone flies, and Gray Fox. Spinning anglers using small shallow diver hard baits in baitfish patterns like rainbow, brown trout, any minnow patterns in black/yellow and black/silver combinations are doing well now.

Smallmouth bass action is reported to be very good on the Delaware from Narrowsburg down to Port Jervis. Don’t overlook the Wallkill and Rondout Rivers for both small and largemouth bass now as well. For smallmouth, bouncing Senkos along the bottom seems to be the trick as we continue to roll into the summer months. Senko colors like white, pumpkin, and black seem to produce the most strikes.

David Dirks, dirksoutdoors.com

Central New York

East Lake Ontario

Brown Trout are biting in 15 to 70 feet of water from Oswego to Mexico. They are hitting spoons on one to seven color lead-core line and downriggers. Salmon are biting from Oswego to Mexico in 100 to 400 feet of water on magnum spoons and meat rigs behind a chip paddle on 400 foot of copper and dipsy divers along with downriggers.

Lake trout are biting in 130 to 150 feet of water in front of the plant and north of the Salmon River in front of the sand doons. Anglers are using cow bells and spin and glow peanuts right on the bottom.

Bass are biting in and around the Oswego Harbor casting crank baits and trolling stick baits. 

Clarence Chamberlain, carogabait@gmail.com

Oswego River

The flow is up a little from the recent rains. For walleyes try jigs or large stickbaits and for smallmouth try tube jigs or live crayfish.

Oneida Lake

The mayfly hatch has started on Oneida, it has been quite intense the last few years. This can sometimes make walleye fishing more challenging as walleyes will be feeding on the abundant food source. However, walleyes are still being taken in 10 to 25 foot of water. Blade baits and jigging rapalas have been working. Look for bass around the shoals with topwaters, jerkbaits and tubes. 

Finger Lakes/Souther Tier

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being caught in 100 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging or trolling. Bass are being caught in the north end on a variety of baits. There are a lot of pickerel up there as well so it may pay to have some wire leaders handy if you start getting “bit off” while bass fishing.

Owasko Lake

Look for lake trout from 50 foot out trolling with spoons or vertical jigging.

Otisco Lake

Smallmouth bass are being caught near shore. Try large jerkbaits or spinnerbaits for the tiger muskie

Skaneateles Lake

For smallmouth bass try tube jigs, drop-shots or jerkbaits.

Susquehanna River

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for walleyes in deeper holes and cut-bait or worms for the channel catfish.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for the walleyes. For smallmouth bass try crankbaits or spinnerbaits near shore.

Wayne County

Browns were hitting spoons along the shoreline. Out deeper, in 90 to 130 feet of water, lakers were caught on the bottom using cowbells and peanuts. The king bite has been with cut bait rigs and have been west of Sodus Bay. Troll to Hughes’ Marina.

The perch are still in Sodus and Port bays. Fish the breach on the north end of Sodus and the north end of Port Bay near the channel. Largemouth bass are everywhere in Sodus Bay and a few smallies have been caught near the channel. Pike have been caught by kayakers in East Bay, the small embayment east of Sodus. 

The current in the Erie Canal is still on the strong side. Bluegills and crappies have been caught in slower water.Catfish have been netted near Palmyra. Fish the pools with raw cut shrimp.

It’s bass season time at Widewaters. Launch at the park and concentrate on the south side of the canal. Six pounders have been common every year.

Chris Kenyon, waynecountytourism.com

Long Island 

The fluke bite continued its steady improvement with the warming waters. Inshore the fluke has been feeding on spearing and sand eels as well as grass shrimp. Inshore anglers continued having success with fish up to 4 pounds, with most fish remaining just short of keeper size. The traditional spearing and squid strip combo has worked well as has thin plastic lures fished on a jig head. Fly-rodders casting 2/0 sized spearing imitation flies sand flats and off the beaches on both the North and South Shore reported good fishing. Anglers fishing the North Shore Beaches reported catching a few sundials mixed in with the fluke. Anglers fluke fishing the surf had the best action using bucktails or plastic lures on a jig head. When tipped with a strip of squid or Gulp anglers reported better results. Consistent areas for both shore-bound and boat anglers was reported in the South Shore inlets, Moriches, Gardiners, and Shinnecock Bays, the North Shore harbors, around the Ponquogue Bridge, and throughout the Peconics. 

Anglers fishing the ocean did well fishing around the artificial reefs, Cholera Banks, and under schools of squid located in 40- to 80-feet of water. Larger baits, such as long fluke belly strips, bluefish strips, and Peruvian Spearing caught fluke in the 4- to 8-pound class. Sea robins and clear nose rays were reported mixed in with the fluke in all locations.

The porgy season remains hot, with limits of porgies to 3-pounds reported. Hot areas have been around Rogers Rock and Jessups Neck in the Peconics, off Port Jefferson, and Orient and Montauk Points. Fair to good porgy fishing was reported on the ocean artificial reefs. Clams supplemented by clam chum were the top bait. Anglers reported catching the occasional weakfish and bluefish while targeting porgies.

There has been a very good bite on inshore species with mixed bags of kingfish, blowfish, and porgies taking clam strips or sandworms fished in conjunction with clam chum. This mixed bag of fish are a great way to expose kids to saltwater fishing as the action and variety of fish is often excellent. Look for the deeper holes in the bays and harbors and fish the times of moving water. If more than a 1-ounce sinker is required, it would be best to seek out holes where the water is slower.

The bluefish fishing was very good, with fish to 10-pounds common in the ocean and Long Island Sound, especially in the western Sound. Within the inshore the bays and harbors the bluefish are running about 2 to 3 pounds with 5-pounders not uncommon, with the best action at first light or early evenings. Bluefish were mixed in with the striped bass in all locations.

In the ocean beaches and South Shore inlets there were numerous 40-pound stripers, some estimated over 50-pounds reported and released. June is typically the big fish month for stripers and this month is off to a great start. Live bunker during the day and live eels during the night tide continued to catch the largest stripers. Trolled Mojo Rigs with bunker spoons or shad body jigs consistently produced 20- to 40-pound stripers in 40- to 60-feet of water off the South Shore beaches. Diamond jigging and casting plugs to fish working under the birds were very productive. The inshore striped bass season is slowing with the warming water temperatures.

The shark season is upon us with numerous threshers harassing the schools of bunker in 40- to 70-feet of water along the South Shore. Many of the stripers are ranging between 250- and 400-pounds. These are big fish requiring 50- to 80-pound class tackle. Expect mako and brown sharks around the 20-fathom line and blue sharks around the 30-fathom line showing up strong over the next few weeks.

The freshwater fishing is as good as it gets. 

Guy Zummo, flyfishguy@optonline.net

Western New York

Chautauqua Lake

The walleye bite has been improving along weed edges in both basins. Jigging, trolling and bottom bouncing are all solid techniques. Jigging around pockets within weed beds has produced walleye catches as well. If trolling weed edges with worm harnesses expect to also catch plenty of pesky white perch. Muskellunge are hanging around weedlines too. Trolling (2.1 to 2.6 mph) or casting large stickbaits is a good bet.

Lake Erie and tributaries

The walleye night bite has tapered off in the nearshore reef areas and daytime anglers are now seeing more consistent walleye catches. Anglers out of Buffalo are doing well by bottom bouncing in 25 to 40 feet of water off the windmills. Out of Cattaraugus Creek, depths of 40 to 50 feet of water is a good starting point. Off Barcelona and to the west, anglers are picking up some suspended walleye in 30 to 50 feet of water. Walleyes are available in Buffalo Harbor and around the breakwall gaps, though anglers tend to catch more “shorts” than keepers.

Some smallmouth bass are post spawn and are moving to deeper water, and more will follow. Depths of 25 to 35 feet of water is a good starting point. Target bass around rocky structure, drops, humps and transition areas. Ned rigs, swim baits and drop-shot rigs with live shiners are good bass offerings. Bass are still cooperating around the Buffalo Harbor breakwalls as well.

The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is still holding good numbers of smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Catfish are biting well from Route 20 bridge to the creek mouth. Nightcrawlers, raw shrimp, cut bait and prepared baits are good catfish offerings. Bass and catfish are in lower abundance on the other Lake Erie tributaries due to low and clear conditions.

Lake Ontario and tributaries

One decent spot out in Lake Ontario that is producing a mixed bag of salmon and trout has been between Wilson and Olcott in 300 and 400 feet of water, reports Capt. Tom Pearse, of Reel Adventures Sport Fishing. Most of his success came on a big spoon program with greens and reds as popular colors. There is a great class of steelhead with several 10-plus pound fish being caught in that area. Meat rigs took a few big mature kings. Mostly you must sort through an unusual number of 10- to 12-inch salmon that should be released carefully as they are the future of the fishery. Best depths for the riggers and divers have been 30 to 70 feet down. Target deeper for big kings, higher up for Coho salmon and steelies. 

Niagara River 

Fishing has been made difficult by the annual arrival of a nasty moss that grabs hold of your lure or bait. Mark Plennert of Niagara Falls says you can still catch fish from shore in the gorge if you can handle the moss. He was catching smallmouth bass, white bass, and even the occasional long nose gar tossing out a Zoom Fluke. Lisa Drabczyk, with Creek Road Bait and Tackle, in Lewiston reports that the moss is creating problems for lower river boat fishermen, too. There are still bass being caught around Fort Niagara and Youngstown. Walleye action has been slow. Meanwhile, Mike Rzucidlo, of Niagara Falls who normally fishes the gorge on a regular basis, switched gears and decided to fish the upper Niagara River with his girlfriend Nancy Colevecchia, also of Niagara Falls and they found a little area that was holding some steelhead and smallmouth bass. Tossing No. 3 spinners and small jigs, they managed to catch numerous steelhead and bass, but moss was still an issue there, too.

Frank Campbell, fcampbell@niagarafallsusa.com

Orleans County

Capt. Bob Songin, of Reel Excitement Charters, reports that fishing towards 30 Mile Point (west), they found more steelhead than salmon and later more mature salmon started showing up. Decent fish were taken from the 80-100 range. Capt. Joe Oakes, of Salmonboy Sportfishing says Fishing is good, but the fish are scattered out over a large area of water from 100 feet out past 400 feet. Fish are biting on spoons, and meat.

Local trout streams in both Monroe and Orleans counties are fishing decent. Public parts of Irondequoit Creek in Monroe County are stocked with inland trout (browns). These fish are taking baits, dry flies and streamers. Perch off the local Lake Ontario beaches have been good sport for spin and fly fisherman alike.

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