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Central New York Fishing Hotline

August 15 - August 22

The NYSDEC will be conducting a sea lamprey control treatment on Cayuga Inlet on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at noon. Temporary water use restrictions will go into effect at that time for Cayuga Inlet and Cayuga Lake between Newfield Depot Road and southern Cayuga Lake. The New York State Department of Health (NSDOH) advises against using stream water in this area for drinking, swimming, fishing, irrigation and watering livestock until the lamprey control chemical, TFM, dissipates.
These restrictions are expected to last from 2 to 6 days, and the advisory will be lifted as soon as monitoring indicates that the chemical has dissipated.

For further information and treatment updates, please call NYSDEC at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213.

As of June 4th there are new regulations in effect for Aquatic Invasive Species Control at NYS DEC Boat Launching and Fishing Access Sites. Please view Aquatic Invasive Species Control for more information.

Tip of the week: This is a repeat from last year, but is an import one to remember: It's a good idea to retie your hook/lure after catching a few fish, or every few hours if not catching fish. This is really important if you are catching "toothy" fish like chain pickerel or northern pike. The knot connecting your hook/lure weakens over time so retying may save you the heartbreak of loosing that "fish of a lifetime".

Region 7

Lake Ontario

With the strong winds we've had this week getting out on the big lake has been difficult. So, there is not much for new information. Salmon are still scattered and locating them has been hit-or-miss depending on the day.

Oswego River

The river is about the same as last week, and is flowing at approximately 8,360 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 8/15. Little has changed from last weeks report, with freshwater drum (sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass being taken in the river. Try crayfish for the sheepshead and bass, and worms or cut-bait for the catfish. Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism web site for more information.

Salmon River

The current flow is 500cfs, and no new activity to report as fishing is slow on the river at this time.

Oneida Lake

With the windy week, getting out on the lake has been tricky. When anglers have been able to get out the walleye bite remains slow with some fish being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stickbaits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), buck tail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses. Bass fishing continues to be good for anglers fishing around the shoals with drop-shot rigs or tube baits. Fishing spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in 5 to 8 foot of water is also working for bass. Keep an eye out for birds diving; when bass are feeding on young of the year (YOY) gizzard shad or yellow perch they often drive them to the surface. Terns and gulls take advantage of this and can be seen from a long ways off as the dive to catch the shad or perch. Bass usually don't stay up long during this, so you need to get to the area quickly. Casting topwaters, lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, swimbaits or stickbaits into these feeding fish can produce some exciting action when this is taking place.

Otisco Lake

A few tiger musky are hitting on spinnerbaits fished around the weeds on the north end of the lake.

Whitney Point Reservoir

No new information this week. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.

Owasco Lake

Trout fishing has become a little harder over the last week. Fish are being marked but it's been hard to get them to hit. Jigging was still producing lake trout in 90 to 110 foot of water as has trolling spoons 50 to 80 feet down over 100 to 120 foot of water. Smallmouth bass are being taken on a variety of plastics in 10 to 30 foot of water.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Rain events continue to make the river difficult to fish so no new information this week. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth bass are being found in 10 to 30 foot of water. Good baits to try would be drop-shot rigs, tube jigs or live crayfish. Lake trout are being taken 50 feet down on small spoons or by fishing plastics near bottom in 100 foot.

Cayuga Lake

Fleas and weed mats continue to make trolling difficult on the lake. It varies by the day and location on how bad they are though. But, anglers who have adjusted to the weeds and fleas are still getting lake trout and a few brown trout trolling 50 to 80 feet down over 150 to 250 foot of water. A variety of methods are being used to get lures down, such as using wire with divers (200 feet back), copper (300 feet back), lead-core and down riggers. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 120 foot of water with a variety of plastics working and is a good option if fleas and weeds become too much of a hassle. Bass fishing has been good on the north end for anglers fishing plastics or crankbaits in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Sandy Pond

Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult. There are still some largemouth bass being taken on the pond.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

As with the Region 7 report, getting out on the big lake was hard this week. So, little information to report this week other than salmon fishing has become more difficult as fish have become more scattered.

Seneca Lake

Weed mats and water fleas are still making trolling difficult on the lake. If fishing with a down rigger try using flea flicker line, or use a Dipsey diver with wire, trolling with copper line, or lead-core. Lake trout continue to be found over a variety of depths, but trolling spoons, or flasher and flies (green has been a good color) from 50 to 100 feet down over 80 to 150 foot of water continues to work. Vertical jigging is also producing lake trout over a broad range, from 55 to 115 foot of water, and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue.

Canandaigua Lake

Weed mats and fleas are also making trolling difficult this week on this lake as well. Overall, fishing remains slow but a few lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 85 feet down over 200 foot of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake

Fishing has been slow but anglers trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 foot of water are getting some lake trout. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Jigging has also been slow, with fish being marked in 100 to 120 foot of water, but they are being tight lipped.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Bass are still biting well for anglers fishing along the weed edges with a variety of baits. Fishing topwaters above the vegetation is also working for the bass.

Note: We are always looking for new participants in our Angler Diary Cooperator Program for our program on the Finger Lakes. Our numbers have dropped in recent years, and we need new cooperators now more than ever. If you fish Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Lake or any of their tributaries and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us. If you fish Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 8 Fisheries office at (585) 226-5343, or on-line at fwfish8@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

If you would like to contribute to the fishing report, or need more fishing information, or have any fishing/fishing equipment related questions, you can contact fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Good luck fishing.

The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.