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Central New York Fishing Hotline

September 12 - September 19

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: Carry some spare treble hooks with you when fishing crankbaits. It's not uncommon to bend or break off one of the hooks on crankbait. By having a spare hook handy you can continue to fish with that crankbait, especially if it's the "hot" bait that day.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The windy conditions over the last few days have made getting out more difficult. Salmon are still spread out and are being taken in 80 to 200 feet of water. A good starting point has been in the 80 to 100 foot depths around river mouths. Flasher and flies, spoons, j-plugs and cut-bait are all working, with green and white being good colors. Things can change quickly this time of year when fish decide to head to the tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not marking fish.

Oswego River

The river is down from last week, and is flowing at approximately 1,660 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 9/12. No salmon to report yet, but with rain and cooler temperatures predicted that could change soon.

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 350cfs. There have been a few salmon spotted in the lower river, but overall things are still slow. As mentioned above things can change quickly this time of year and this early season salmon fishing is really hit-or-miss. So, If not seeing fish cover water looking for them. Just a reminder that the Lower Fly Section opens on September 15th.

Oneida Lake

The strong winds this week have made getting out on the lake tricky. We continue to be stuck in the same general pattern for walleye, with walleye being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stickbaits, blade baits, buck tail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses all working. That should change soon with the cooler weather predicted which might help move fish shallower. Bass fishing has gotten tougher over the last few weeks. Probably due to the abundance of small gizzard shad. Continue to 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. Also keep an eye out for individual fish breaking, this is harder to see then the birds though. 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. Yellow perch action is starting to pick-up on the lake.

Otisco Lake

Look for walleye and smallmouth bass in 15 to 25 foot of water. A few tiger musky are hitting on spinnerbaits on the north end of the lake.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along shore with stick worms, crankbaits, jigs and crayfish all working. Some nice white crappie have also been caught recently.

Owasco Lake

Trolling spoons 70 to 90 feet down over 100 to 120 foot of water is still working for lake trout and the occasional rainbow trout. Both the north and south ends have been producing fish. Smallmouth bass and rock bass are being taken on drop-shot rigs and tube baits in 10 to 30 foot of water.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Some walleye are being taken on brown colored jigs fished near bottom and also on stickbaits.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth bass are being found in 20 to 30 foot of water. Good baits are drop-shot rigs and tube jigs. Yellow perch are being found in 25 foot of water with small minnows working.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken by anglers jigging in 60 to 100 foot of water. Trolling is also producing lake trout with flasher and flies working well. Trolling 50 to 70 feet down over 100 to 180 foot of water. Keep an eye out for weed mats, as they are still creating head-aches for anglers trolling. Largemouth bass are being found around the lake along outside weed edges, with bass jigs or plastics working well.

Sandy Pond

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

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

As with the Region 7 report, salmon are being found both shallow and deep. Look for salmon in 80 to 90 foot of water around river mouths and also out over 250 foot of water. Salmon are hitting flasher and flies and cut-bait, while some brown trout and steelhead are being taken on spoons. Some salmon are also being taken by anglers casting glow in the dark spoons off piers after dark.

Seneca Lake

Weed mats are still a nuisance when trolling. Lake trout are being taken 40 to 80 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of water. Flasher and flies in green or white have been working well. Vertical jigging is also producing lake trout in 70 to 90 feet of water.

Canandaigua Lake

No new information.

Keuka Lake

Jigging continues to improve and lake trout are being found in 65 to 110 foot of water.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Bass are still biting well for anglers fishing along the weed edges and shore line. Stick worms (Senko's, Stik-o's, etc.) have been working really well as have bass jigs. No word on the perch fishing.

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.