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New York Fishing Report – August 5-19, 2022

Central New York

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

Anglers are still getting brown trout trolling in 80 to 120 foot of water on spoons. There have also been some lakers caught near bottom from 150 feet and out. Chinook salmon (Kings) are being caught in 300 to 600 foot fishing 80 to 120 feet down. Large spoons and flasher’s and cut-bait have been working fished in a variety of ways from copper to downriggers. Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them. It shouldn’t be too long now before salmon start staging off from the river mouths.

Oswego River

The flow is about the same as last week and is 806 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of August 5. For walleye try jigs or large stickbaits and for smallmouth try tube jigs or live crayfish.

Salmon River

Things are slow which is normal for this time of year so nothing to report.

Sodus Bay

Look for bass along the outside and inside weed edges. Try Texas rigged plastic worms, stickworms (Senko style baits) and spinnerbaits or vibrating jigs.

Oneida Lake

There was an algal bloom taking place earlier in the week so expect the water to have some color. Just a reminder that the daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is the same as the statewide regulation, with a daily limit of 5, and a minimum length of 15-inches. Walleye fishing has been challenging lately but some are still being taken in 20 to 35 foot of water by anglers trolling stickbaits, worm harnesses, or jigging with blade baits, bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawler and jigging rapalas. Look for bass around the shoals with topwaters, jerkbaits and tubes.

Cayuga Lake

Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them if trolling. It looks like the algal bloom has subsided and the water is clearer than it has been. Keep an eye out for weed matts if trolling. Sometimes using a heavier pound test line can help with the fleas and vertical jigging is also an option if they get too bad. Lake trout are being caught in 80 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. The new state record smallmouth bass was recently caught on Cayuga, and for more information view the related press release.

Owasco Lake

An algal bloom has been taking place so the water has some color to it. Look for lake trout from 80 foot and out trolling with spoons or vertical jigging.

Skaneateles Lake

For smallmouth bass try tube jigs, drop shots or jerkbaits. There is a special walleye regulation on Skaneateles Lake. Walleye-all year, minimum length of 12-inches, daily limit-any number.

Otisco Lake

There is an algal bloom on this lake as well. Look for walleye in 10 to 20 foot of water. Largemouth bass are being caught in and around the weed beds. Try large jerkbaits, chatterbaits or spinnerbaits for the tiger musky in the same general areas as the bass. Otisco Lake is one of the Big Panfish Initiative (BPI) waters and now has a special regulation for Sunfish (bluegill and pumpkinseed). The daily limit is 15, with a minimum length of 8-inches.

If you catch a tiger musky on Otisco Lake that has been tagged, the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color, please do not remove the tag if releasing the fish.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for the walleye. For smallmouth bass try crankbaits or spinnerbaits near shore. For channel catfish try cut-bait or night crawlers.

Susquehanna River

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for walleye in the deeper holes and cut-bait or worms for the channel catfish. For the smallmouth try tube baits or crankbaits.

Other Hotline Waters

Nothing to report.

Lake Erie & Western New York

Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors

The good walleye action off Buffalo has recently dropped off, as walleye schools seemingly have vacated the area. However, anglers report a good bite out of all harbors from Sturgeon Point to Barcelona, with great opportunity for limit catches. Out of Sturgeon Point, anglers are picking up walleye starting in 50 feet of water and out to the international line, with the majority of hits within 10 feet of bottom. From Cattaraugus Creek to west of Barcelona, depths of 65-85 feet of water have been very productive, with many catches coming on gear run 60-70 feet down. In those locations, anglers are also catching suspended walleye over deeper water and some walleye off the bottom at depths under 60 feet. According to DEC Creel Survey data, July 2022 smallmouth bass fishing quality was well above average, with bass anglers catching an average of 10 bass per boat trip with catch rate of 1.01 fish per hour, representing the 2nd best July smallmouth bass catch rate in the last 20 years. East end waters off Buffalo have been the go-to area for quality bass catches for the past month. For best catches, target rocky structure in 25-45 feet of water. Tub jigs or a drop-shot rig with plastics or live shiners and crayfish are good offerings. Anglers have had to weed through lots of drum at times.

Niagara River

The smallmouth bass bite remains relatively slow in the upper Niagara River for boaters. Target areas outside weedlines over gravel bottom or deep-water structure. The channel on the east side of Strawberry and Motor Islands, and the west river are some of the better spots to try. Controlled drifting and fishing with tube jigs, ned rigs or bottom-bouncing rigs with crayfish or shiners is a typical tactic. Fishing at shore sites has been quite slow for all species. Walleye fishing has been hit or miss at Broderick park, with some fish caught at night.

Smallmouth bass fishing for boaters has been better on the lower river. Bass are available from the gorge down to the mouth. Controlled drifting and casting spinnerbaits towards shore, or drifting with tube jigs, ned rigs or bottom-bouncing rigs with live bait are good tactics. Fair numbers of walleye are showing in mid to lower drifts and on the Niagara Bar, and can be targeted by controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harness. Fishing at all lower river shore sites has been slow. Anglers have caught the occasional walleye at the NYPA fishing platform on blade baits and large jigs.

Lake Ontario, Tributaries, Harbors & Piers

Niagara County anglers have been running to the more stable offshore waters for consistent steelhead and salmon catches. Depths of 400 feet plus have produced good numbers of steelhead with some coho and shaker kings mixed in, and the occasional mature king salmon. Gear run 40-80 feet down is a good bet. Oak Orchard anglers targeting similar depths report excellent steelhead action with a decent number of mature king salmon mixed in. Anglers on the west end are also catching some brown trout inside 100 feet of water on spoons run near the bottom, but the bite has been spotty.

Chautauqua Lake

Recent walleye fishing has been slow to decent. North basin anglers are catching some walleye by trolling or jigging along weedlines and out to 30 feet of water with gear at or near the bottom. Muskellunge fishing has been slow to fair for anglers casting or trolling large stickbaits around weed edges. A faster trolling speed or retrieval (3-4 mph) is preferred by muskie.

Inland Trout Streams

Area streams are experiencing low flows and elevated temperatures. Note that trout experience physical stress when stream temperatures are around 70 degrees and above, so anglers are encouraged to avoid catch-and-release fishing for heat-stressed trout. Giving the trout a break now will ensure they are still there to catch when conditions become more favorable.

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