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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

8 – 11 – 17

 

TIP: TO CATCH A FISH, THINK LIKE A FISH: A fish’s brain size and ability to think is very  small in comparison to humans. In spite of their brain size though, they continue to outwit us.

If you want to catch more fish, learn how fish react to what they see, hear, and smell in their watery world. Talk to a biologist at a fishery, do research on the internet, read books; do whatever you need to do to learn as much as you can about fish. This will help you think like they think. Once you spend time learning how fish think, you will understand why they do certain things differently on sunny days, during thunderstorms, when they’re under heavy fishing pressure, or whatever the conditions might be. Feel the water temperature as you think they

feel it. Imagine how the fish smell scents in the water. See a worm wiggling in the water. Hear the sound of a crayfish skittering away. Take all of that and add it to your personal experience, plus your problem-solving skills. You’ll find yourself improving as a fisherman when you learn

to think like a fish thinks.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the awardwinning Outdoor World Radio. For more tips go to

basspro.com and click on 1Source News & Tips.)                 

 

TIP #2: RECORD FISH: For the second time in a year and fourth time in 12 years, the freshwater drum record has been broken. The new record which weighed 36 lbs. was caught by Jason Bair of Macedon, NY, from Oneida Lake on a Jigging Rapala®. It smashed the previous record caught from Lake Champlain by more than 6 pounds.

 

TIP #3: NEW/UPDATED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM DEC:

Guide To Freshwater Fishing In New York State
Anglers should be excited to learn that DEC has updated this popular guide/map that provides in depth fishing, boating and local information for 158 streams and rivers and 320 lakes, ponds and reservoirs from Montauk to Buffalo. The waters included in the publication were selected by DEC staff as the best fishing locations in New York State.
Contact DEC for a free copy.

Chautauqua Lake – A Warmwater Anglers Paradise
During netting operations on
Chautauqua Lake this past spring, DEC biologists handled the largest number of muskies since the netting program began in 1978. Of the 472 fish captured, 95 were over the 40 inch minimum size limit and 2 were over 50 inches in length. Given the abundance of trophy muskies in the lake, its ranking as one of the top 100 bass waters in the country and the resurgence of the walleye fishery, Chautauqua Lake can't be beat for those seeking a memorable warmwater fishing experience. To learn more, contact the DEC Region 9 office.

 

*LAKE ERIE: The recent Lake Erie walleye bite has been excellent, with anglers reporting good catches in multiple locations. Limit catches have been reported by trollers out of Barcelona who are working depths of 50-120 feet of water with gear run between 60 feet down to just off the bottom. Worm harnesses have outperformed stickbaits. Barcelona anglers are also catching many short walleye and the occasional incidental jumbo perch. The walleye bite has also been good from Cattaraugus Creek to west of Dunkirk with 75 - 100 feet as the most mentioned depth. Gear run 40-55 down is a good bet. Action off Sturgeon Point has been spotty. Buffalo anglers are seeing decent walleye catches between 40-60 feet of water. Trolling and bottom bouncing have both been productive. Suggestions are to use copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses and copper and copper watermelon when it’s cloudy and then nuke green when it gets bright. Other walleye lures to try - Challengers, BayRats and Yaleyes. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but recent action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers are seeing decent smallmouth bass action in 20 to 40 feet of water around rocky structure. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar, Sturgeon Point and Van Buren Reef. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or crayfish works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page. Lake trout are an underutilized species in Lake Erie that are available outside 75 feet of water, from Dunkirk to the PA line. August is typically a top month to target lake trout. Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries have dropped back to fishable levels. Smallmouth bass fishing was a little tougher with clear conditions on the small to medium-sized tributaries. Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations are good smallmouth bass bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. A few trout are reported in Chautauqua Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.
*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies and you may pick up a pike or musky. The Erie Canal is still producing some nice bass and pike in the Tonawanda-North Tonawanda section of the waterway. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action.
Musky fishing is slow. Fish the weed lines, casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Boaters are picking up some walleye in the lower drifts and on the Niagara Bar just off the river mouth. Drifting with a 3-way bottom bouncing rig and worm harness or yellow sally rig (with worm) are traditional river walleye tactics. Smallmouth bass are also available from Devils Hole down to the Niagara Bar. Boaters typically target lower river bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish, Kwikfish, and tubes, or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. The same baits and lures work for shore anglers as well. The walleye bite had been hot for a week or two, but it is slowly starting to subside. Worm harnesses on the bottom in the Stella Drift was the program in the river. The mouth of the river around the green buoy was also a good spot to target. Lower river anglers may also see catches of white bass, sheepshead and the occasional trout mixed in. The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good. Water levels remain extremely high, resulting in some boat launch closures – CALL AHEAD. Boaters on Lake Ontario should be on the lookout for floating debris at all times. The new boating rule is to stay at least 600 feet from shore when pushing a wake. The best trout and salmon action remains well offshore at depths over 400 feet, with good catches reported from west of Wilson to east of the Oak. Deep water anglers are catching a mix of steelhead and coho salmon in the top 100 feet of water, with the occasional mature king salmon mixed in. Spoons are a must if targeting steelhead. Run a mix of gear for a mix of salmonids. It's still a bit early to see mature kings staging closer to shore, but anglers did locate some mature kings off the Niagara Bar drop in 100 feet of water earlier this week. It won't be long and mature kings will start staging inside 150 of water off major tributary mouths. Time to pick up a few new J-Plugs. A fair number of pike and bass are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. On the Erie Canal around the wide water area some great catfish catches are being taken along with many other species. Lake Alice still has some great bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Anglers continue to report a solid walleye bite in both basins. In the north basin, vertical jigging techniques have produced good numbers in 20-30 feet of water. Blade baits, jigging Rapalas, Swedish pimples and lead head jigs with a nightcrawler or minnow, are good offerings. Trolling for walleye along the deepest, center section has been productive in the south basin. Anglers are catching a few short walleye for every keeper, which is good news for future fishing. Handle and return short walleye with care. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Muskellunge success varies from day to day but generally has been slow. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. Weed beds are top spots for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, bluegill and white bass. Small minnows are top bait for perch and white bass. Worms or small jigs with a wax worm work well for bluegill. It's prime time for topwater largemouth bass action over weeds in the nearshore zone.

The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. An algae bloom is in full swing on the south basin, however, not as bad as previous years. The cooler weather has kept the bloom down some. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams are in fairly good shape with moderate flows. There are some tricos and caddisflies hatching in the area. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect.Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes, chatter baits and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*CANADICE LAKE:
A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*HONEOYE LAKE: Recent rains have stained the lake, but the bass do not care. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and green pumpkin baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). A problem noted at the south end was kayakers and small fishing boats being harassed by jet skis. If this happens to you, try to get some identifying information and contact ECO Shawn Dussault 585-362-0395, ECO Keith Levanway 585-369-8116, or the state number 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Also be prepared, water fleas have arrived and are being a headache for trollers. Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the west side, across from the boat launch and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass were being caught in 30 to 60 feet of water off points. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Also, spiny water fleas are becoming more abundant and can be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound-test plus) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 90 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CAYUGA LAKE: The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water as well as weed mats (an issue if you are trolling). The past few days have seen some good salmonid action. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 60 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 80-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Taughannock. Anglers out of Taughannock have also, experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, work the stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 20 feet of water with perch-colored Rapalas, tube baits, topwaters, and wacky-rigged Senko-style baits. Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. Trolling 25 to 30 feet down over 50 to 60 feet of water with small spoons was working for lake trout and rainbow trout. The lake has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. Also be prepared for weed mats and fleas. They may disrupt your trolling plans. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Try worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the weedbeds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Local trout streams are running high and low depending on the rain. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.
*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Keep an eye out for alligators. Two (3 - 4 feet long) have been collected by DEC in the last few weeks from the Tioughnioga River near Whitney Point. They are probably some ones pets that got too big. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: Conditions have improved on the pond. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding Northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level remains high and conditions can be dangerous depending on the winds. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least 500 feet from shore. When coming into shore, and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Fishing continues to be very good on Lake Ontario. The targeted water depth is spread out with action in anywhere from 150-650 feet of water. It’s been a hit and miss situation. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are providing good action at 100 to 300 feet over a 250 – 450 foot bottom, on spoons or flasher and flies or cut-bait. Some specific reports suggest looking in 150-160 feet of water off Nile Mile Point and the western part of Mexico Bay. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water (10 – 20 feet) with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. The Mexico Bay area is one spot specifically reported. Try soft-shelled crabs and nightcrawlers in the 20 foot levels. Also, look for a good perch bite in the same area. Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The stream water levels have been up and down depending on the rains. It’s now warm water species, not trout and salmon that anglers may try for. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays remain high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Bay fishing for bass has been excellent. Bass are hitting Texas rigs casted into the weeds. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level, the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters. The cat fish bite is turning on near Palmyra. The current and muddy water from last weekend has subsided a bit and the cats are hitting cut bait and doughballs. Or you can use shrimp, however that can be a little costly. The bass are being caught in the Widewaters. Fish the south side of the canal, using plastic worms. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish from shore near the locks near Route 31. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass are active and live bait can be used. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. A few early kings have been sighted within the pools in the Village of Pulaski. (River Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

*OSWEGO RIVER: The river flow has been up and down the last few weeks but at last report it is at a fishable level. Anglers have been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Also try the crayfish for sheepshead. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

*OTHER WATERS: Water levels are variable depending on local rains - use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. White marabou jigs are working for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass around Rock Bottom Dam and Goudy Station. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. The Susquehanna in particular has been running off color, but has produced great smallmouth action.

(River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

Cuba Lake: (Allegany County) Walleye have been biting well along weedlines. Anglers produced good catches by jigging with nightcrawlers.

 

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
AUGUST 2017

12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12 - Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic at Webster Pond, Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Rain date is 8/19/17. (For information/register call Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga at 315-727-2922)

12 – Fishing This Fall at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Enjoy more elbowroom on the water this fall when the hunters head to the woods and the kids hit the books. Our experts will share the hottest tackle to ensure you are successful on your next trip. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13 - KTBA Bass Club Double Shot Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

18 – 2nd Annual Realin for a Cure Ladies Fishing Tournament at Krull Park (6:00 am – noon) Fishing at Wilson and Olcott Harbors. (For information please call Stephanie Pierleoni 716-481-6388)

18-9/4 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby - The $25,000 Grand Prize is part of the over $50,000 in cash that will be offered for this event.  (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

19 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - This is the third leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

19 – Fall Salmon Fishing at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Fall is the best time to fish salmon. Our skilled Outfitters will demonstrate top gear picks and outline techniques to land these ferocious fighters. (For information call 716-608-4770)  

19-27 - 40th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey - Eligible waters include those within Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties as well as those portions of Lake Erie and Ontario, Categories include Salmon, Rainbow/Brown trout, Lake trout, Smallmouth bass, Carp and Walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. (For information call 877-FALLSUS or visit www.fishodyssey.net.)

20 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Otisco Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa -tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

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TIP: THERMOCLINE: Cool water is heavy and sinks to the bottom of the water column. The lack of mixing with surface waters prevents new oxygen from entering this cool water and over time, organisms use up most of the oxygen. By mid-summer, the oxygen levels below the thermocline fall to the point where fish cannot stay for long. Fish concentrate in the warmer, oxygenated water, but will typically stay as close to the thermocline as possible, since it has the cooler temperature and sufficient oxygen.

 

TIP #2: ATTENTION NY FRESHWATER ANGLERS: DEC will be conducting an intensive survey of licensed anglers who fished New York waters in 2017. This survey will be conducted primarily on-line and participants with valid e-mail addresses will be selected at random from our sporting license database. If you have not already provided your e-mail address when you purchased your license and want to be considered for the survey, please e-mail DEC your name, fishing license ID # and e-mail address.

 

TIP #3: NEW/UPDATED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FROM DEC:

Guide To Freshwater Fishing In New York State
Anglers should be excited to learn that DEC has updated this popular guide/map that provides in depth fishing, boating and local information for 158 streams and rivers and 320 lakes, ponds and reservoirs from Montauk to Buffalo. The waters included in the publication were selected by DEC staff as the best fishing locations in New York State.
Contact DEC for a free copy.

Chautauqua Lake – A Warmwater Anglers Paradise
During netting operations on
Chautauqua Lake this past spring, DEC biologists handled the largest number of muskies since the netting program began in 1978. Of the 472 fish captured, 95 were over the 40 inch minimum size limit and 2 were over 50 inches in length. Given the abundance of trophy muskies in the lake, its ranking as one of the top 100 bass waters in the country and the resurgence of the walleye fishery, Chautauqua Lake can't be beat for those seeking a memorable warmwater fishing experience. To learn more, contact the DEC Region 9 office.

 

LAKE ERIE: The recent Lake Erie walleye bite has been excellent, with anglers reporting good catches in multiple locations. Plenty of limit catches have been reported by trollers out of Barcelona who are working depths of 50-70 feet of water with gear run between 30 feet down to just off the bottom. Worm harnesses have outperformed stickbaits. Barcelona anglers are also catching many short walleye and the occasional incidental jumbo perch. The walleye bite has also been good from Cattaraugus Creek to west of Dunkirk with 65 feet as the most mentioned depth. Gear run 40-55 down is a good bet. Action off Sturgeon Point has been spotty. Buffalo anglers are seeing decent walleye catches between 40-60 feet of water. Trolling and bottom bouncing have both been productive. Suggestions are to use copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses and copper and copper watermelon when it’s cloudy and then nuke green when it gets bright. Otherwalleye lures to try - Challengers, BayRats and Yaleyes. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but recent action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers are seeing decent smallmouth bass action in 25 to 40 feet of water around rocky structure. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar, Sturgeon Point and Van Buren Reef. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or crayfish works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries have dropped back to fishable levels. Smallmouth bass fishing was a little tougher with clear conditions on the small to medium-sized tributaries. Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations are good smallmouth bass bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. A few trout are reported in Chautauqua Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action.
Musky fishing is slow. Fish near emerging weeds in spawning areas. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Moss has surprisingly not been too bad lately, giving anglers opportunity to target smallmouth bass. The bite has been good and bass are available from Lewiston down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, Kwikfish, crayfish and live shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. The same baits and lures work for shore anglers as well. The walleye bite had been hot for a week or two, but it is slowly starting to subside. Worm harnesses on the bottom in the Stella Drift was the program in the river. The mouth of the river around the green buoy was also a good spot to target. Lower river anglers may also see catches of white bass, sheepshead and the occasional trout mixed in. The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good. Water levels remain extremely high, resulting in some boat launch closures – CALL AHEAD. Boaters on Lake Ontario should be on the lookout for floating debris at all times. The new boating rule is to stay at least 600 feet from shore when pushing a wake. The better recent trout and salmon fishing off Niagara County has been well offshore in 300-500 feet of water. Off Oak Orchard, that productive zone extends out to 550 feet of water. Trollers working the deep water zone are catching a mix of steelhead, large coho salmon and shaker king salmon, with the occasional mature king. Spoons and flasher-fly combos run 50-100 feet down are good bet for king salmon. Gear run in the top 50 feet catch more steelhead and coho salmon. Anglers are still having success in the nearshore zone inside 200 feet of water, but the bite is less consistent. The hot combination is a Dreamweaver UV frog spin doctor with an A-Tom-Mik twinkie set up with A-Tom-Mik meat fished on a diver 205 feet back. A Dreamweaver spin doctor (10-inch white with green dot) fished with A-Tom-Mik meat at 91 feet down on the rigger also produced very well. Most of the bites came from 71 to 111 feet down over 130 to 180 feet of water. Anglers are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional Atlantic salmon or steelhead. Trollers working the shoreline inside 25 feet of water, continue to see some brown trout and coho salmon action, from the Niagara Bar to Rochester. Higher numbers of coho show to the west, while catches towards Rochester include more brown trout. Spoons and stickbaits run 75 to 100 feet off planer boards works well. Best color patterns were goby and coho crusher. Rapalas and Challengers were working, too. Lake trout are biting well in 40 to 100 feet of water. The lakers are hitting well on Spin Doctors trailed by A-Tom-Mik flies tight to the bottom. A fair number of pike are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce some trout but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. On the Erie Canal around the wide water area some great catfish catches are being taken along with many other species. Lake Alice still has some great bass fishing in the upper stretches where the boat traffic is much lighter.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye have been biting well along weed edges in 10-12 feet of water. Mayville and many bays in the north end are productive while the 18 foot area at the southern end has been good. Trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with blade baits, or using jigs or spinners, tipped with either leeches, worms or minnows, have all been productive. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially in areas near stream inlets. During the day, target walleye in deeper waters with vertical jigging programs. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Muskellunge success varies from day to daybut generally has been slow. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. The largemouth bass fishing has been good inside 10 feet of water around weedbeds and docks. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos work well for bucketmouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The area off Mayville, Dewittville and around the bridge have been good for larger perch. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams are in good shape with moderate flows. There are some tricos and caddisflies hatching in the area. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect.Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye, bass and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For the bass try both wacky and Texas rigged worms. Colors have varied with water clarity and light conditions. If you are not getting bit, change something, either bait color, presentation or location. Present your baits slow and then slow down more. Many bites come while the bait is dead sticked or just moved and inch or two. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Tubes and wacky rigs fooled a few nice bass. Fish slow and pay close attention how active the bass are biting.For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HEMLOCK LAKE:
A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CANADICE LAKE:
A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. For bass fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HONEOYE LAKE: The water temperature has taken a major jump and the bass have responded. Recent rains have stained the lake, but the bass do not care. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 15 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). A problem noted at the south end was kayakers and small fishing boats being harassed by jet skis. If this happens to you, try to get some identifying information and contact ECO Shawn Dussault 585-362-0395, ECO Keith Levanway 585-369-8116, or the state number 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Also be prepared, water fleas have arrived and are being a headache for trollers.
Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the west side, across from the boat launch and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try jigging at 60-90 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 90 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass were being caught in 30 to 60 feet of water off points. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Also, spiny water fleas are becoming more abundant and can be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound-test plus) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 50 to 90 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are being found in the shallows out to the 30 – 40 depths of the lake. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CAYUGA LAKE: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health. If you see bunches (100+) of dead fish report it to DEC.
The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water as well as weed mats (an issue if you are trolling). The past few days have seen some good salmonid action. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 60 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 80-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Shaldreke and Long Point. Anglers out of Taughannock have experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, now is still a good time to fish stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers using tube baits, topwaters, and stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. For lake trout try at 60 – 100 feet. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'.  Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. The panfish bite is very good using just worms and a splitshot, or tiny jigs  tipped with a bit of worm. The lake  has extensive areas of weed growth so be prepared. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also hitting, are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the weedbeds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some local trout streams are running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.
WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: Conditions have improved on the pond. Access is still a problem in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and at the DEC boat launch. Persistent anglers are finding Northern pike, walleye and bass along with some perch. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are also possibilities. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level remains high and conditions can be dangerous depending on the winds. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least 500 feet from shore. When coming into shore, and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Lake Ontario fishing is in the middle of transition. There is a slight thermocline setting-up but the kings are not there. It’s been a hit and miss situation which is very common for this time of year. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are providing good action at 100 to 300 feet over a 250 – 450 foot bottom, on spoons or flasher and flies or cut-bait. Some specific reports suggest looking in 150-160 feet of water off Nile Mile Point and the western part of Mexico Bay. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water (10 – 20 feet) with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. The Mexico Bay area is one spot specifically reported. Try soft-shelled crabs and nightcrawlers in the 20 foot levels. Also, look for a good perch bite in the same area. Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The streams have high water levels. It’s now warm water species, not trout and salmon that anglers may try for. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays remain high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Bay fishing for bass has been excellent. Bass are hitting Texas rigs casted into the weeds. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level, the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. There is plenty of action in the Canal waters. The cat fish bite is turning on near Palmyra. The current and muddy water from last weekend has subsided a bit and the cats are hitting cut bait. Or you can use shrimp, however that can be a little costly. The bass are being caught in the Widewaters. Fish the south side of the canal, using plastic worms. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish from shore near the locks near Route 31. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass are active and live bait can be used. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river at this time of year, which is normal. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. (River Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

OSWEGO RIVER: The river flow has been up and down the last few weeks but at last report it is at a fishable level. Anglers have been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

OTHER WATERS: Water levels are variable depending on local rains - use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. White marabou jigs are working for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass around Rock Bottom Dam and Goudy Station. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite. The Susquehanna in particular has been running off color, but has produced great smallmouth action.

(River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
AUGUST 2017

4-6 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club’s 13th Annual Walleye Derby in the New York waters of Lake Erie. Limited to 100 boat field, 3-day tourney, top 3 fish weighed each day, 2 to 4 anglers per boat, $100 entry fee, cash prizes, tackle/gear prizes. (For information call Zen Olaw at 716-640-2776.)

5 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

5 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Cayuga Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Deans Cove (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

5-20 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to  www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

6 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Waneta/Lamoka Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Between the Lakes (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

6 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

9 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 3 Kayak Skills Session at Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the intermediate who has some formal instruction, can forward paddle, steer the kayak, move sideways and backwards  maintaining a course in wind, can self-rescue and peer rescue in flat water, prevent capsize in flat water, and can paddle 6-8 miles in a sheltered environment. Minimum boat size is 12 feet. (Cost: $60.00 for 2 hours/Boat Rental $25.00) Bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing. Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and shoes without laces as they can get trapped. (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12 - Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic at Webster Pond, Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Rain date is 8/19/17. (For information/register call Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga at 315-727-2922)

13 - KTBA Bass Club Double Shot Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com)

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TIP: BASS LIKE TO HANG OUT AT BARS: Like some fishermen, bass like to hang out at bars—bass bars, that is. Bass bars can be found by looking at the terrain on a shoreline. In most cases, a point on land that tapers to the water continues out into a lake as a bar, and sometimes stretches far into the lake. These submerged bars are one of the easiest to identify and can usually be found off a main lake or big river. The best bass bars tend to taper slowly from very shallow water to very deep water, anywhere from 20 to 30 feet deep. Bass are attracted to broad, shallow flats with lots of brush or weeds. An ideal bass bar has a hard bottom of sand, clay, or rock. Bars that are irregularly shaped are appealing too. Sharp turns, fingers, and cuts around and into a bar will tend to hold the biggest bass. Those sharp, inside turns are especially appealing to active bar bass. (By Larry Whiteley, Host of the awardwinning Outdoor World Radio. For more tips go to basspro.com.)

 

TIP #2: DEC TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING FOR PROPOSED OTISCO LAKE BOAT LAUNCH: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public meeting to provide information and answer questions about its proposal to develop a DEC Boat Launch Site on Otisco Lake, located in the town of Spafford, Onondaga County.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Amber Fire Department, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta.

Otisco is the only Finger Lake currently without a public boat launch. The Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site will be located on former Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA) land, just south of the causeway on the west side of Otisco Lake.

The meeting will include a presentation about the anticipated Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site project schedule, in addition to facility design and operation. DEC staff will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

 

LAKE ERIE: The recent Lake Erie walleye bite has been excellent, with anglers reporting good catches in multiple locations. Plenty of limit catches have been reported by trollers out of Barcelona who are working depths of 50-70 feet of water with gear run between 30 feet down to just off the bottom. Worm harnesses have outperformed stickbaits. Barcelona anglers are also catching many short walleye and the occasional incidental jumbo perch. The walleye bite has also been good from Cattaraugus Creek to west of Dunkirk with 65 feet as the most mentioned depth. Gear run 40-55 down is a good bet. Action off Sturgeon Point has been spotty. Buffalo anglers are seeing decent walleye catches between 40-60 feet of water. Trolling and bottom bouncing have both been productive. Suggestions are to use copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses and copper and copper watermelon when it’s cloudy and then nuke green when it gets bright. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but recent action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers are seeing decent smallmouth bass action in 25 to 40 feet of water around rocky structure. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar, Sturgeon Point and Van Buren Reef. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or crayfish works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries are running high and muddy. Smallmouth bass fishing will be limited until conditions clear. Fly anglers can then try Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations smallmouth bass, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Muddy Buffalo River outflow has shore fishing on hold all along the Niagara River's east shoreline. Fishing was good for bass and walleye and a few musky have also been reported. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action. Early season musky fishing is slow. Fish near emerging weeds. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Moss has surprisingly not been too bad lately, giving anglers opportunity to target smallmouth bass. Lower river waters are muddy as a result of recent heavy rains and runoff. When waters clear, the quality smallmouth bass bite should resume from Lewiston down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with shiners, crayfish and plastics, or by casting towards shore with stickbaits, jerkbaits and spinners. The same baits and lures work for shore anglers as well. If you are using live bait, expect to also catch some white bass and sheepshead. The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html)

On July 17, the Devil’s Hole State Park stairs and trail will be shut down until the spring of 2018 for reconstruction and repairs. There are still plenty of other access points to get you into the gorge, but this trail is one of the more popular ones. Alternative access can be gained through the New York Power Authority’s South Access Road where a fishing platform and stairs to the shoreline is available from April 1 to Dec. 1. Other access points include the stairs at Whirlpool State Park; the Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge); the Great Gorge Railway Trail (that begins at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center); and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Site (adjacent to the Discovery Center). A copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map is available at: WhirlpoolNiagaraGorgeTrailMap.pdf

LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Anglers out on Lake Ontario today are reporting a major upwelling event in the nearshore zone, with surface temperatures now around 46-48 degrees. The likely result is scattered fish, so expect to do some searching this weekend. Following an upwelling event, fish often move to deeper water that has a more stable temperature profile. Trollers can do the same. Kings that were already in cold water on the bottom in 60-100 feet of water off Olcott may stick around. So another option is to start in 60 feet of water and troll northwest. The recent king salmon bite has been on flasher-fly combos or meat rigs. Spoons are not getting much attention. Previously, king salmon seekers were enjoying great success from the Niagara Bar to Oak Orchard in 150-250 feet of water on gear run 50-100 feet down. Wes Walker from Slippery Sinker Bait and Tackle also reported that Olcott trollers were picking up some big king salmon from 60-100 feet of water in cold water (42 degrees) over 50 feet down. Expecting that fish did scatter in previously productive zones, anglers have at least a couple options. . For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. Lake Alice has started to drop and the water clarity is improving by the day offering some opportunities for bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, rock bass, white bass, bullhead and channel cats.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye catches are on the rise in the deeper, center section of the south basin. The better walleye bite in the north basin is still along weed edges. Trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with blade baits, or using jigs or spinners, tipped with either leeches, worms or minnows, have all been productive. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially in areas near stream inlets. During the day, target walleye in deeper waters with vertical jigging programs. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. The largemouth bass has been good inside 10 feet of water around weed beds and docks. Top water lures, weedless rigged power worms and wacky rigged senkos work well for bucket-mouths. Target smallmouth bass outside deep weed edges and around rocky structure on the bottom. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic creature baits work well. Muskellunge success varies from day to day. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams have high and muddy flows. With additional rainfall, this may persist through the weekend. There are some light hatches of caddisflies, sulphurs and stoneflies on the streams that have them. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect.Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. For bass try fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CONESUS LAKE: Anglers are picking up some pike, walleye and an occasional tiger musky. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Try fishing for bass along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

HEMLOCK LAKE: Lake trout have been hitting along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Fishing along shore for bass with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits).  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CANADICE LAKE:
Lake trout have been hitting along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level for trout with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. Try for the browns and rainbows up higher and the lakers lower. Fishing along shore for bass with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HONEOYE LAKE: Weather has stabilized and the water temperature is steady. Bass just completed a spawn and are on the bite. When it is raining with overcast skies the bass are active but when bright and sunny conditions slow down. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 10 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). A problem noted at the south end was kayakers and small fishing boats being harassed by jet skis. If this happens to you, try to get some identifying information and contact ECO Shawn Dussault 585-362-0395, ECO Keith Levanway 585-369-8116, or the state number 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Fleas are also becoming more abundant and can be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound +) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling.  Lake trout are hitting on alewives fished near bottom in 90 to 115 foot of water. Vertical jigging at the same depths with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait has been working. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Smallmouth bass are being caught in 30 to 60 foot of water off points. Fish along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Fleas are becoming more abundant and can be a nuisance when trolling. Fishing with heavier line (20 pound +) sometimes helps as it collects fewer fleas. Another option is to vertical jig instead of trolling. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 120 fow near bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

CAYUGA LAKE: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health. If you see bunches (100+) of dead fish report it to DEC.
The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water. Down side, Flees, gobs and gobs. Using 30 lb blood line works great. But the knot at the leader wow, and cables on the Riggers. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 60 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 80-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Shaldreke and Long Point. Anglers out of Taughannock have experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, now is still a good time to fish stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers using tube baits, topwaters, and stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. For lake trout try at 60 – 100 feet. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'.  Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also, hitting are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. Fish are starting to suspend out over deeper water. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken in the north portion of the lake by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. Use worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the weedbeds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some local trout streams are running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. High water…climbing or dropping… means nymphing for trout on the creeks. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

SANDY POND: High water is limiting access with only a few anglers reported on the water. Those anglers that are able to access the water will likely find northern pike and walleye along with some perch. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are now legal. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: There is a large one day bass tournament taking place on the lake on Saturday, 7/15 so be prepared.
Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level remains high and conditions can be dangerous depending on the winds. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least 600 feet from shore. When coming into shore, and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Lake Ontario fishing is in the middle of transition. There is a slight thermocline setting-up but the kings are not there. It’s been a hit and miss situation which is very common for this time of year. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a little deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Spoons in lemon lime, grog patterns and natural are getting it done. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are providing good action at 100 to 300 feet on spoons or flasher and flies or cut-bait. Some specific reports suggest looking in 150-160 feet of water off Nile Mile Point and the western part of Mexico Bay. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water (10 – 20 feet) and with the higher water levels in the bigger streams. Try using a fast moving lure (search bait) until fish are found and then slow down and fish stickworms or tube jigs. Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The streams have high water levels. Maxwell Creek has a high flow on both sides of Lake Road. No word if any fish are being caught. You can also fish the pier heads at Sodus. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays are still high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Bay fishing for bass has been excellent. Bass are hitting Texas rigs casted into the weeds. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. At the There is plenty of action in the Canal waters. The bass are in Widewaters and the cats are biting in the deep pools. You can also catch plenty of pan fish. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish from shore near the locks near Route 31. There is plenty of action in the canal waters. The bass are in Widewaters and the cats are biting in the deep pools. You can also catch plenty of pan fish. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish near the locks near Route 31. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass are active and live bait can be used. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river at this time of year, which is normal. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. (River Profile -
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

OSWEGO RIVER: The river flow has dropped to a fishable level but more rain is coming. Anglers had been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

OTHER WATERS: Heavy rains at times have frustrated anglers, creating chocolate milk-colored water and forcing them off the water until things cleared and the rivers calmed down.

Water levels are dropping but still use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. White marabou jigs are working for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass around Rock Bottom Dam and Goudy Station. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite.

(River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )
Rushford Lake (Allegany County) Walleye and smallmouth are active. Rapallas and crank baits are productive.

 

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2017

24-7/23 - The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp at  The camps feature free fun games for kids, activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. During the Family Summer Camp event, free workshops, which are conducted by store experts, will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, shooting and archery. Other workshops include hiking and backpacking, water safety for boating and kayaking, and learning about animals in the wild. All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectible pin for every workshop completed. When kids have finished all six workshops they will receive a completion pin (while supplies last). Families can participate in the following workshops: Thursdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals; 2 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 3 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools. Saturdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 2 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies; 3 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals. Sundays - Noon – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 1 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 2 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools; 3 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies. In addition, kids can try free craft activities such as coloring a camp bag, creating a wooden camp photo frame, planting grass seeds in a decorative pot, and painting a duck track magnet and a wiggle fish. A different craft activity will be featured each week. At the stores, kids can enjoy several free hands-on activities including: • Casting buckets challenge; • Archery shooting arcade; • Daisy BB gun ranges; • Souvenir photo download; • Catch and Release Pond* opportunity is available at select stores only, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 only, from noon-5 p.m.  For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com or visit www.basspro.com/summercamp.)

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

JULY 2017

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

15 - Fishing for a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes. (7:00 am registration deadline/Weigh-in closes at 3:00 pm) You will be able to fish out of either Point Breeze or Bald Eagle Marina but the weigh-in will take place at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. Best 3 fish format. The entry fee is $50.00 cash with half going to the prize structure and half to Juvenile Diabetes research.  

19 – Public Meeting On Proposed Boat Launch For Otisco Lake at at the Amber Fire Department, 2223 Amber Road, Marietta, NY (6:30 pm) DEC will host a public meeting to provide information and answer questions about its proposal to develop a DEC Boat Launch Site on Otisco Lake, located in the town of Spafford, Onondaga County. The meeting will include a presentation about the anticipated Otisco Lake Boat Launch Site project schedule, in addition to facility design and operation. DEC staff will be available to answer questions following the presentation.

22 - The 7th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT will take place with more than 100 teams competing for this 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 85 boat field, $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm/5:00 pm weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s) up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. Part of Lake Erie King-Of-The-Lake Series (http://www.kotl.ca/walleye.html). (For information call Don Ruppert at 716-498-7770 or Bob Rustowicz at 716-830-6394 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

22 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - this is the second leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

22 - Tackl'n the Basics: Free Fishing Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park, NY. (8:30 am – 2:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call EMPact America of New York, Megan McCulloch at 716-435-7873)

22-23 - Onondaga Cup & LakeFest  on Onondaga Lake, at Onondaga Lake Park, Willow Bay, NY. Two full days rowing, kayak and paddleboard competition, food, water entertainers, and music amidst an onshore festival. Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master & juniors rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams, individual kayakers and paddle-boarders and new to the event Dragon Board races. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, yoga, barre & hit exercise classes, a “Crew-Fest”- craft beer tasting event, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. (For information go to http://www.onondagalakefest.com/)

23 -  BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

23 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Conesus Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

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*TIP: We've all been there, your fishing in the same boat or ice shanty with someone, and while they are catching fish like crazy you cannot buy a bite. It's extremely frustrating as you are just a few feet apart and using the exact same bait/lure. It's a great example of how little subtle differences can result in one angler having a great day and another a not so great day. Though you're using the same bait/lure it may be something as small as they are using 6# line and you have 8# on your reel, or they may be fishing slightly slower/faster than you are.

 

*TIP #2: WATCH THE WEATHER: Officials pulled three men from Chautauqua Lake after their boat overturned recently. The men were fishing when a storm began to roll through, and as the men tried to turn towards the shore, wind and waves “swamped” the 14-foot boat and filled it with water. The men, who were in roughly 18 feet of water, near the I-86 overlook area, clung to the side of the boat. Eventually, Bemus Point Fire Rescue officials pulled them out and took them to shore.

 

*LAKE ERIE: The recent Lake Erie walleye bite has been excellent, with anglers reporting good catches in multiple locations. Plenty of limit catches have been reported by trollers out of Barcelona who are working depths of 50-70 feet of water with gear run between 30 feet down to just off the bottom. Worm harnesses have outperformed stickbaits. Barcelona anglers are also catching many short walleye and the occasional incidental jumbo perch. The walleye bite has also been good from Cattaraugus Creek to west of Dunkirk with 65 feet as the most mentioned depth. Gear run 40-55 down is a good bet. Action off Sturgeon Point has been spotty. Buffalo anglers are seeing decent walleye catches between 40-60 feet of water. Trolling and bottom bouncing have both been productive. Suggestions are to use copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses and copper and copper watermelon when it’s cloudy and then nuke green when it gets bright. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but recent action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers are seeing decent smallmouth bass action in 25 to 40 feet of water around rocky structure. Good spots to try include Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef, Evans Bar, Sturgeon Point and Van Buren Reef. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or crayfish works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries have dropped back to fishable levels. Smallmouth bass fishing was a little tougher with clear conditions on the small to medium-sized tributaries. Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations are good smallmouth bass bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. A few trout are reported in Chautauqua Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.
*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action.
Early season musky fishing is slow. Fish near emerging weeds in spawning areas. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Moss has surprisingly not been too bad lately, giving anglers opportunity to target smallmouth bass. The bite has been good lately and bass are available from Lewiston down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, Kwikfish, crayfish and live shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. The same baits and lures work for shore anglers as well. Lower river anglers may also see catches of white bass, sheepshead and the occasional walleye or trout mixed in. The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continued to be good. Water levels remain extremely high, resulting in some boat launch closures – CALL AHEAD. Boaters on Lake Ontario should be on the lookout for floating debris at all times. The new boating rule is to stay at least 600 feet from shore when pushing a wake. King salmon fishing continues to be very good on the Niagara Bar, as well as off Wilson and Olcott. The hot combination is a Dreamweaver UV frog spin doctor with an A-Tom-Mik twinkie set up with A-Tom-Mik meat fished on a diver 205 feet back. A Dreamweaver spin doctor (10-inch white with green dot) fished with A-Tom-Mik meat at 91 feet down on the rigger also produced very well. Most of the bites came from 71 to 111 feet down over 130 to 180 feet of water. Anglers are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional Atlantic salmon or steelhead. Trollers working the shoreline inside 25 feet of water, continue to see some brown trout and coho salmon action, from the Niagara Bar to Rochester. Higher numbers of coho show to the west, while catches towards Rochester include more brown trout. Spoons and stickbaits run 75 to 100 feet off planer boards works well. Best color patterns were goby and coho crusher. Rapalas and Challengers were working, too. Lake trout are biting well in 40 to 100 feet of water. The lakers are hitting well on Spin Doctors trailed by A-Tom-Mik flies tight to the bottom. A fair number of pike are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce some trout but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. Lake Alice has started to drop and the water clarity is improving by the day offering some opportunities for bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, rock bass, white bass, bullhead and channel cats.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Walleye have been biting well along weed edges in 10-12 feet of water. Avoid Bemus Bay which has been sprayed for aquatic growth. Mayville and many bays in the north end are productive while the 18 foot area at the southern end has been good. Trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with blade baits, or using jigs or spinners, tipped with either leeches, worms or minnows, have all been productive. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially in areas near stream inlets. During the day, target walleye in deeper waters with vertical jigging programs. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Muskellunge success varies from day to day. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The area off Mayville, Dewittville and around the bridge have been good for larger perch. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Big crappie have been taken using medium size shiners fished on the bottom near Celeron, the cribs and other structure areas in the southern end. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams are in good shape with moderate flows. There are some light hatches of caddisflies, sulphurs and stoneflies on the streams that have them. Anglers can also see surface action on terrestrial patterns such as ants, foam beetles and grasshoppers. Fish terrestrial patterns on a dead drift, giving a slight twitch every now and again to imitate a struggling insect.Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best the first few weeks. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*HEMLOCK LAKE: Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*CANADICE LAKE: Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*HONEOYE LAKE: The water temperature has taken a major jump and the bass have responded. Recent rains have stained the lake, but the bass do not care. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Bass are actively bedding. We have caught several with their tails rubbed flat on the bottom. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 10 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). A problem noted at the south end was kayakers and small fishing boats being harassed by jet skis. If this happens to you, try to get some identifying information and contact ECO Shawn Dussault 585-362-0395, ECO Keith Levanway 585-369-8116, or the state number 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the west side, across from the boat launch and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try jigging at 60-90 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 120 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CAYUGA LAKE: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health. If you see bunches (100+) of dead fish report it to DEC.
The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water as well as weed mats (an issue if you are trolling). Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 60 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 80-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Shaldreke and Long Point. Anglers out of Taughannock have experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, now is still a good time to fish stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers using tube baits, topwaters, and stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. For lake trout try at 60 – 100 feet. The "bigger" perch were scattered along the edge of the drop in 20-25'.  Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also, hitting are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the weedbeds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some local trout streams are running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.
*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND: High water is limiting access with only a few anglers reported on the water. Those anglers that are able to access the water will likely find northern pike and walleye along with some perch. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are now legal. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try jerkbaits, football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. One of the better spots was along the south shore in 35 – 40 feet of water. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level remains high and conditions can be dangerous depending on the winds. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least 500 feet from shore. When coming into shore, and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. Lake Ontario fishing is in the middle of transition. There is a slight thermocline setting-up but the kings are not there. It’s been a hit and miss situation which is very common for this time of year. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a little deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are providing good action at 100 to 300 feet on spoons or flasher and flies or cut-bait. Some specific reports suggest looking in 150-160 feet of water off Nile Mile Point and the western part of Mexico Bay. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water (10 – 20 feet) and with the higher water levels in the bigger streams. Try using a fast moving lure (search bait) until fish are found and then slow down and fish stickworms or tube jigs. Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The streams have high water levels. Maxwell Creek has a high flow on both sides of Lake Road. No word if any fish are being caught. You can also fish the pier heads at Sodus. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays are still high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Bay fishing for bass has been excellent. Bass are hitting Texas rigs casted into the weeds. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. At the There is plenty of action in the Canal waters. The bass are in Widewaters and the cats are biting in the deep pools. You can also catch plenty of pan fish. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish from shore near the locks near Route 31. There is plenty of action in the canal waters. The bass are in Widewaters and the cats are biting in the deep pools. You can also catch plenty of pan fish. You can launch in Clyde, Lyons, and Newark or fish near the locks near Route 31. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass are active and live bait can be used. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
*SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river at this time of year, which is normal. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

*OSWEGO RIVER: The river flow has gone back up again to an unfishable level. Anglers had been getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

*OTHER WATERS: Water levels are dropping but still use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. White marabou jigs are working for smallmouth bass, walleye, and rock bass around Rock Bottom Dam and Goudy Station. Small silver blade spinners are also working for smallmouths in the riffle areas. Fishing around hard structure (rocks, logs, etc.) with minnows or nightcrawlers is producing smallmouth bass and also catfish. Use as light a weight as you can get away with, it seems to be improving the bite.

(River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )
Rushford Lake (Allegany County) Walleye and smallmouth are active. Rarallas and crank baits are productive.

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2017

24-7/23 - The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp at  The camps feature free fun games for kids, activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. During the Family Summer Camp event, free workshops, which are conducted by store experts, will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, shooting and archery. Other workshops include hiking and backpacking, water safety for boating and kayaking, and learning about animals in the wild. All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectible pin for every workshop completed. When kids have finished all six workshops they will receive a completion pin (while supplies last). Families can participate in the following workshops: Thursdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals; 2 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 3 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools. Saturdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 2 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies; 3 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals. Sundays - Noon – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 1 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 2 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools; 3 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies. In addition, kids can try free craft activities such as coloring a camp bag, creating a wooden camp photo frame, planting grass seeds in a decorative pot, and painting a duck track magnet and a wiggle fish. A different craft activity will be featured each week. At the stores, kids can enjoy several free hands-on activities including: • Casting buckets challenge; • Archery shooting arcade; • Daisy BB gun ranges; • Souvenir photo download; • Catch and Release Pond* opportunity is available at select stores only, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 only, from noon-5 p.m.  For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com or visit www.basspro.com/summercamp.)

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

JULY 2017

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

8 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

8 - Former NHL Hockey Star, Rob Ray’s 3rd Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament that will run from Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 to 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback (based on number of entries), 6:00 a.m. take-off. (For information call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 email markmohr37@gmail.com or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

9 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

9 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Port Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

15 - Fishing for a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes. (7:00 am registration deadline/Weigh-in closes at 3:00 pm) You will be able to fish out of either Point Breeze or Bald Eagle Marina but the weigh-in will take place at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. Best 3 fish format. The entry fee is $50.00 cash with half going to the prize structure and half to Juvenile Diabetes research.  

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TIP: WATCH THE WEATHER: Officials pulled three men from Chautauqua Lake after their boat overturned last Sunday. The men were fishing when a storm began to roll through, and as the men tried to turn towards the shore, wind and waves “swamped” the 14-foot boat and filled it with water. The men, who were in roughly 18 feet of water, near the I-86 overlook area, clung to the side of the boat. Eventually, Bemus Point Fire Rescue officials pulled them out and took them to shore.

 

TIP #2: NEW BOATING BILL SIGNED THIS WEEK, REVERSING U.S.-CANADA WOES:
An important boating bill that would once again allow U.S. fishermen to enter into Canadian waters to fish without calling into Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – like it was previously – has now passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada. As expected, it received “Royal Assent” this week and has already become law as of this writing.
Bill S-233 originated with Senator Bob Runciman in Canada. After months of negotiations and testimony, the bill finally was approved by both houses. When it becomes ratified, it will allow anglers to motor into Canadian waters in places like Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River and not worry about having to report in. However, if you anchor in Canadian waters or if you plan on landing your vessel in Canada, you should continue to report to the CBSA. In addition, all Canadian fishing regulations will continue to be in effect including live bait regulations. No live bait of any kind (with the exception of nightcrawlers in approved bedding or water) can be taken into Canadian waters, even if the bait came from the same waterway. And make sure you have a Canadian fishing license and proper identification.

 

LAKE ERIE: Walleye fishing varies from day today. The bottom-bouncer bite for walleyes is starting to pick up. Target 35 to 55 feet of water with copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses. On the west end trollers were catching good numbers of walleye in 30-60 feet of water on stickbaits and worm harnesses run in the top 30 feet. One suggestion received - copper and copper watermelon when it was cloudy then nuke green when it gets bright. Catches included many short walleye with bigger fish mixed in. Remember to handle and release small walleye with care. The area off Buffalo from the windmills to Seneca Shoal in 30-45 feet of water is a productive spot. Bottom bouncing with worm harnesses tended to be more productive. Anglers fishing east of Sturgeon Point also reported catching many short walleye, which bodes well for future seasons. Handle and release small walleye with care. Walleye fishing in the Barcelona area has been productive. Trollers out of Barcelona Harbor saw good walleye action, with boats returning with 5-6 walleye on average. Sixty feet of water is a good starting point out of Barcelona with stickbaits or worm harnesses run close to the bottom.
Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but recent action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers report good catches of smallmouth bass around Seneca Shoal. Other good spots to try include Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Dropshots, tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.
LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries have dropped back to fishable levels. Smallmouth bass fishing was a little tougher with clear conditions on the small to medium-sized tributaries. Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations are good smallmouth bass bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. A few trout are reported in Chautauqua Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Fishing has been good for bass and walleye. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic for the ‘eyes’. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action.
Early season musky fishing is slow. Fish near emerging weeds in spawning areas. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down.
LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass are now the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, Kwikfish, crayfish and live shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. Lower river anglers may also see catches of white bass, sheepshead and the occasional walleye or trout mixed in. Line-fouling filamentous algae or "moss", is starting to become a problem.
The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )
LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continued to be good. Water levels remain extremely high, resulting in some boat launch closures – CALL AHEAD. Boaters on Lake Ontario should be on the lookout for floating debris at all times. The new boating rule is to stay at least 600 feet from shore when pushing a wake. The king salmon (Chinook salmon) bite is good, including some fish in the upper 20 pound range. Increasing numbers of kings are showing in 60 to 350 feet of water. Large spoons (like Dreamweavers and Michigan Stingers), flasher-fly combos and meat rigs run 40 -100 feet down have worked well. Anglers are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional Atlantic salmon or steelhead. Trollers working the shoreline inside 25 feet of water, continue to see some brown trout and coho salmon action, from the Niagara Bar to Rochester. Higher numbers of coho show to the west, while catches towards Rochester include more brown trout. Spoons and stickbaits run 75 to 100 feet off planer boards works well. Best color patterns were goby and coho crusher. Rapalas and Challengers were working, too. Lake trout are biting well in 40 to 100 feet of water. The lakers are hitting well on Spin Doctors trailed by A-Tom-Mik flies tight to the bottom. A fair number of pike are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce some trout but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more
information.
LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. Lake Alice has started to drop and the water clarity is improving by the day offering some opportunities for bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, rock bass, white bass, bullhead and channel cats.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: Muskellunge success varies from day to day. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. Walleye have been biting well along weed edges in 10-12 feet of water. Trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with blade baits, or using jigs or spinners, tipped with either leeches, worms or minnows, have all been productive. The rules now mirror the statewide regulations with a minimum length of 15 inches and a daily limit of 5. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially in areas near stream inlets. During the day, target walleye in deeper waters with vertical jigging programs. Mayville was a hot spot but the weed cutter is scheduled to target that area soon. Magnolia Bay might be a good option. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The area off Mayville, Dewittville and around the bridge have been good for larger perch. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )
WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams are in good shape with moderate flows. Surface action is picking up. Sub-surface nymphs are good bets early in the day, while dry flies can be productive in the afternoon. Look for hatches of sulphurs, caddisflies and stoneflies on the streams that have them. During the day, large stonefly patterns are the way to go if you want to fish the surface. Use an aggressive approach by skittering them across the surface - violent strikes will follow. The standard sub surface approaches still apply - nymphs and streamers. All these insects hatch depending on temperature - the warmer the day - the later the hatch. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.
SILVER LAKE: Walleye and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. One angler’s suggestion - perch and bass are hitting jiggin raps and use small Chartreuse tube jigs for the crappie. A web cam for the lake is http://weather.weatherbug.com/…/weather-ca…/local-cams.html… (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best the first few weeks. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HEMLOCK LAKE: Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CANADICE LAKE: Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
HONEOYE LAKE: The water temperature has taken a major jump and the bass have responded. Recent rains have stained the lake, but the bass do not care. Fish slow, shake the bait and you will get bit. Zoom trick worms and baby brush hogs have been producing quite well. Color to use will be dictated by the water color. Clear water use your greens and stained water switch to green pumpkin or black. Bass are actively bedding. We have caught several with their tails rubbed flat on the bottom. The bass can be caught in water from a few inches to 10 feet deep. Keep moving in and out until you locate where they are active. Pickerel have also been active. I have caught several nice toothy critters on the bass baits. Most fish have been caught in the 5-7 ft. depths. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Bluegills are on their beds so here too, work the waters out to about 10 feet.Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the west side, across from the boat launch and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try jigging at 60-90 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water. Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 120 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. The bass are likely to still be in the shallows of the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
CAYUGA LAKE: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health. If you see bunches (100+) of dead fish report it to DEC.
The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 60 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 100-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Long Point. Anglers out of Taughannock have experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting. For shore fishermen, now is still a good time to fish stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Keep an eye out for weed mats as they have been an issue for some anglers when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)
SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers using tube baits, topwaters, and stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also, hitting are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the weedbeds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some local trout streams are running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.
WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
SANDY POND: High water is limiting access with only a few anglers reported on the water. Those anglers that are able to access the water will likely find Northern pike and walleye along with some perch. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are now legal. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
ONEIDA LAKE: A major bass fishing tournament will be taking place this week starting on the 29th, so expect a lot of boat traffic. Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )
LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level remains high and conditions can be dangerous depending on the winds. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least 500 feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a little deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are providing hot action at 100 to 300 feet on spoons or flasher and flies. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water and with the higher water levels in the streams. Try using a fast moving lure (search bait) until fish are found and then slow down and fish stickworms or tube jigs. Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.
LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The streams have high water levels. Maxwell Creek has a high flow on both sides of Lake Road. No word if any fish are being caught. You can also fish the pier heads at Sodus. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays are still high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Pike, walleye and bass seasons are now underway. Some big bass are being picked up at the south end of Sodus. Fish along shore with a Texas rigged bait. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. At the Canal Widewaters anglers are primarily targeting largemouth bass, crappies, perch and bluegills. A spot for crappies is along the northern shoreline, near Port Gibson. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass are active and live bait can be used. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)
SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river at this time of year, which is normal. Smallmouth bass are being caught on crayfish and tube jigs. Woolly buggers are also producing. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
OSWEGO RIVER: The river flow is getting back to a safe, fishable level. Anglers are getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass are being taken on crayfish and tube jigs. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/…/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safel…. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )
OTHER WATERS: Water levels are dropping but still use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. Try casting crankbaits or topwaters along shore for some good smallmouth bass. If that's not working try fishing in the deeper holes with tube jigs. Also look for walleye on jigs in the deeper holes as well. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )
Rushford Lake (Allegany County) Walleye and smallmouth are active. Rarallas and crank baits are productive.

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THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2017

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

JULY 2017

1 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Open Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

5 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Canandaigua Lake at the Woodville State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

5-16 - The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

8 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

8 - Former NHL Hockey Star, Rob Ray’s 3rd Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament that will run from Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 to 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback (based on number of entries), 6:00 a.m. take-off. (For information call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 email markmohr37@gmail.com or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

 

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*TIP: FREE FISHING WEEKEND: On June 24th and 25th, anyone can fish the waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! Since no license is required, its the perfect time to introduce someone to fishing. Anglers must still abide by the New York State fishing regulations during the free fishing weekend.

 

*TIP #2: NEW BOATING BILL SIGNED THIS WEEK, REVERSING U.S.-CANADA WOES:

An important boating bill that would once again allow U.S. fishermen to enter into Canadian waters to fish without calling into Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – like it was previously – has now passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada. As expected, it received “Royal Assent” this week and has already become law as of this writing.

Bill S-233 originated with Senator Bob Runciman in Canada. After months of negotiations and testimony, the bill finally was approved by both houses. When it becomes ratified, it will allow anglers to motor into Canadian waters in places like Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River and not worry about having to report in. However, if you anchor in Canadian waters or if you plan on landing your vessel in Canada, you should continue to report to the CBSA. In addition, all Canadian fishing regulations will continue to be in effect including live bait regulations. No live bait of any kind (with the exception of nightcrawlers in approved bedding or water) can be taken into Canadian waters, even if the bait came from the same waterway. And make sure you have a Canadian fishing license and proper identification.

 

*TIP #3: BIOLOGISTS TO UPDATE STATUS OF LAKE ERIE AND NIAGARA RIVER FISHERIES: June 27 – State of Lake Erie and The Upper Niagara River at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge (6:30 – 9:30 pm) A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries. DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries. The free seminar will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy. (For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, 716-366-0228.)

 

*LAKE ERIE:  Walleye fishing varies from day today. The bottom-bouncer bite for walleyes is starting to pick up at the east end of the lake. Target 35 to 55 feet of water with copper or gold-backed spinners on harnesses. On the west end trollers were catching good numbers of walleye in 40-60 feet of water on stickbaits and worm harnesses run in the top 30 feet. One suggestion received - copper and copper watermelon when it was cloudy then nuke green when it gets bright. Catches included many short walleye with bigger fish mixed in. Remember to handle and release small walleye with care. The area off Buffalo from the windmills to Seneca Shoal in 30-45 feet of water is a productive spot. However, fishing has been hit or miss this past week. Bottom bouncing with worm harnesses tended to be more productive. Anglers fishing east of Sturgeon Point also reported catching many short walleye, which bodes well for future seasons. Handle and release small walleye with care. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty recently, but today's action out of Cattaraugus Creek is a different story. Anglers are doing very well straight off Cattaraugus Creek in 45-60 feet of water, with seemingly better action at the deeper end of that range. Some boats returned with limit catches of large perch. Some decent perch catches have also been reported off Sturgeon Point starting in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished near the bottom work best for perch. Anglers report good catches of smallmouth bass around Seneca Shoal. Other good spots to try include Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Reef. Many smaller reefs, rock piles and humps will hold bass as well. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS: Lake Erie tributaries have dropped back to fishable levels. Smallmouth bass fishing was a little tougher with clear conditions on the small to medium-sized tributaries. Woolly Buggers and minnow imitations are good smallmouth bass bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a top spot for channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers, raw shrimp or cut bait fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. A few trout are reported in Chautauqua Creek and Cattaraugus Creek.

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Regular bass and muskellunge seasons are open. Live bait such as minnows and crayfish are now permitted and are top baits for Niagara River bass. Early season musky are often found near emerging weeds in spawning areas. Casting large stickbaits and spinnerbaits are good bets in early season. For best results fish during change of light periods, especially sun-up and sun down. Anglers are catching some walleye near the head of the river to Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Look for smallmouth bass around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and along the west side of Grand Island. When fishing the west river, be aware that the international line runs quite close to the island. Harbor, bay and slack areas are also a good bet for a mix of bass, sunfish and perch. The various harbors and marinas around the upper river are worth a look for perch. Live emerald shiners are the top perch bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. Some moss is starting to show, putting a kink in that action.

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass are now the top target in the lower river, with boaters picking up bass from Devils Hole down to the mouth of the river. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with tubes, Kwikfish, crayfish and live shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. Lower river anglers may also see catches of white bass, sheepshead and the occasional walleye or trout mixed in. Line-fouling filamentous algae or "moss", is starting to become a problem.

The NYPA fishing platform has been closed and open depending on water levels. Anglers can call 716-796-0135 ext. 45 for updates. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/67913.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO – WEST: Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continued to be good. Water levels remain extremely high, resulting in some boat launch closures – CALL AHEAD. Boaters on Lake Ontario should be on the lookout for floating debris at all times. The new boating rule is to stay at least 600 feet from shore when pushing a wake. The king salmon (Chinook salmon) bite is good, including some fish in the upper 20 pound range. Increasing numbers of kings are showing in 60 to 350 feet of water. Large spoons (like Dreamweavers and Michigan Stingers), flasher-fly combos and meat rigs run 40 -100 feet down have worked well. Anglers are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional Atlantic salmon or steelhead. Trollers working the shoreline inside 25 feet of water, continue to see some brown trout and coho salmon action, from the Niagara Bar to Rochester. Higher numbers of coho show to the west, while catches towards Rochester include more brown trout. Spoons and stickbaits run 75 to 100 feet off planer boards works well. Best color patterns were goby and coho crusher. Rapalas and Challengers were working, too. Lake trout are biting well in 40 to 100 feet of water. The lakers are hitting well on Spin Doctors trailed by A-Tom-Mik flies tight to the bottom. A fair number of pike are being caught, too. Piers are clear so casting spoons and spinners will produce some trout but be alert to wave conditions. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

*LAKE ONTARIO -  WEST – TRIBS: At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. Near the mouth of Oak Orchard harbor has been a particularly productive spot for pike, bass, perch and panfish. The bullhead bite is improving in the harbors with rising water temperatures. Lake Alice has started to drop and the water clarity is improving by the day offering some opportunities for bass, bluegill, crappie, perch, rock bass, white bass, bullhead and channel cats.

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE:  Muskellunge season is open and success varies from day to day. Troll with large stickbaits or position boat outside weed beds and cast oversized jerkbaits and bucktail spinners over the weed beds. Walleye have been biting well along weed edges in 10-12 feet of water. Trolling with worm harnesses, jigging with blade baits, or using jigs or spinners, tipped with either leeches, worms or minnows, have all been productive. The rules now mirror the statewide regulations with a minimum length of 15 inches and a daily limit of 5. Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially in areas near stream inlets. During the day, target walleye in deeper waters with vertical jigging programs. Mayville was a hot spot but the weed cutter is scheduled to target that area soon. Magnolia Bay might be a good option. See the Fishing for Walleye page for more information. Yellow perch fishing has been good seemingly lake-wide. The area off Mayville, Dewittville and around the bridge have been good for larger perch. The crappie bite in the canals has tapered off, as canal anglers now catch mostly bluegill. Anglers are still catching decent numbers of crappie in open lake at depths of 4 to 8 feet. Target areas near structure and weed beds. Small jigs (1/32 and 1/64 ounce) with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic and fished under a float, are proven crappie catchers. Favored tubes are mostly green, black and pink, tipped with maggots. The action is better early morning and again after dark. Remember, the legal limit is 9 inches in length to be a keeper and 25 crappie per day is the limit. There are reports of lots of perch on the lake, too. Use minnows with a 1/64- to 1/16-ounce jig. White is the best color. Anglers are catching some bullhead at shoreline sites during low light periods. Catches should continue to improve with rising water temperatures. Target bullhead by fishing worms, leeches, cut shrimp, dead minnows or chicken livers on the bottom. A website provides periodic updated photos of Brutis Bay. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: The area's trout streams are in good shape with moderate flows. Surface action is picking up. Sub-surface nymphs are good bets early in the day, while dry flies can be productive in the afternoon. Look for hatches of sulphurs, caddisflies and stoneflies on the streams that have them. During the day, large stonefly patterns are the way to go if you want to fish the surface. Use an aggressive approach by skittering them across the surface - violent strikes will follow. The standard sub surface approaches still apply - nymphs and streamers. All these insects hatch depending on temperature - the warmer the day - the later the hatch. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. Walking long distances away from popular access points will reward anglers with their best shot at trophy brown trout. Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the region's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, equipment and fishing techniques.

*SILVER LAKE:  Walleye and pike are providing some action. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Bass season opens tomorrow and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. A web cam for the lake is   http://weather.weatherbug.com/NY/Silver%20Lake-weather/weather-cams/local-cams.html?zcode=z6286&camera_id=SLVLM&camera_animate=1 (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/26918.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CONESUS LAKE: Walleye and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. The south end of the lake should prove best the first few weeks. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. Bass season opens tomorrow and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). For lake conditions at the north end check out http://www.conesuscam.com/links.htm#. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25575.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Conesus – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HEMLOCK LAKE: Bass season opens tomorrow and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25580.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Hemlock – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANADICE LAKE: Bass season opens tomorrow and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25573.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canadice – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*HONEOYE LAKE: Bass are reflecting the temperature rise by a huge increase in their activity level. The bite is more predictable and aggressive than it was last week. Fish the weed edges starting around 10 fow almost anywhere on the lake. A mix of baits, from wacky rigged trick worms to Texas rigged baby brush hogs, have both worked well. Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. The water is clearing now, so use watermelon seed or other green type plastic baits. If you find turbid water switch to green pumpkin or black. Moving baits such as a small crank bait, lipless crank bait or spinnerbait will work but make very slow presentations. Stick to the south end for some sizeable crappie and bluegills but not as many as past years at this time. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25579.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Honeoye – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CANANDAIGUA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Boaters creating a wake should stay at least several hundred feet from shore. When coming into shore, approach at idle speeds. A few nice brown trout have been caught by trolling just below surface along the shoreline. You can also try for the browns trolling at 60 – 80 feet down. Lake trout are in deeper water near bottom. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers at 50 – 90 feet over a 100 to 125 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. One angler reported - Wonderbread SD with a white glo fly produced best but they also took the Blade Runner spoons on sliding cheaters up as high as 20ft of the riggers. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, than work the area slowly. Try for rainbows trolling from 30 to 60 feet down at the south end of the lake. Yellow perch and bluegills were hitting in shallow water for anglers using minnows and small jigs. Try fishing either the north or south ends in about 12-16 feet of water using worms as bait. Bass season is open and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25578.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Canandaigua – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WANETA/LAMOKA LAKES: You might try shore or boat fishing for bass, perch, crappie and/or bullhead. On Waneta you can add Musky. Check out the Waneta Web Cam http://www.wanetawebcam.com/. (Waneta Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88278.html / Lamoka Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88285.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*KEUKA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely still be debris in the water with the high water level. Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake with better results coming from the west side, across from the boat launch and further down the lake off the points toward Hammondsport. Try jigging at 60-90 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 100 to 125 foot of water is also producing some lake trout.  Trolling is working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies. Try working flies in the 60 to 135 feet level over 90 to 180 feet of water.  Lots of rock bass but many are small. Some decent, eater size perch are also in the shallows. Bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25577.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Keuka – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)  

*SENECA LAKE: Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Browns and Atlantic salmon are hitting stickbaits, streamers and spoons trolled near surface down to 40 feet. Good colors to try silver and black, silver and blue or silver and chartreuse. Shore anglers were getting brown trout just before dark on live bait and also on stickbaits fished near the surface. Some brown trout and landlocked salmon can be found near major creek mouths. Reminder: catch limit on western Finger Lakes, beginning with Seneca Lake, is one rainbow a day. Look for fair lake trout fishing on the lake. Try trolling in 75 to 120 fow over a 90 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Running Dipseys back 200 to 250 feet is a good starting point. Fluorescent rainbow trout, silver, orange/silver and silver/green have also been productive spoon colors. You can also try jigging for lakers with a Swedish Pimple or a large spoon in the north portion of the lake, along the west side, off the points in 60 – 110 fow. Some anglers are recommending using 1 1/2 oz jig heads with white Swim Fishes at 85 - 120 fow. Yellow perch are being caught around the lake on small minnows or worms fished in the shallows. Also try 2" clear/chartreuse lures. Avacado Glitter SBGG88 was a specific color mentioned. Anglers are also finding some monster sunfish. Bass season opens tomorrow and the bass are likely to still be spawning on the lake. Fishing along shore with fast moving baits until fish are found, and then slow down and try tube jigs or stickworms (Senko style baits). (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/25574.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Seneca – email fwfish8@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*CAYUGA LAKE: Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) has been connected to a fish kill involving thousands of round gobies in Cayuga Lake. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue, including internal organs, and can cause the death of infected fish. It does not pose any threat to human health. If you see bunches (100+) of dead fish report it to DEC.

The lake is still at a high level, though launchable/boatable. Use caution when boating as there is debris in the water. Anglers trolling 50 to 90 feet down are getting some rainbows, Atlantics and brown trout (20 – 80 feet down). Specific for the Atlantics – around Treman, work the west side with orange spoons down 80 feet over a 100 foot bottom. For lakers troll deeper – 100-120 feet. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 50 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working. Michigan Stingers (smelt pattern) is a specific lure reported effective both trolling and drifting. Green has been a hot color for the lakers. A particular hot area for the lakers was in the vicinity of Long Point. Anglers out of Taughannock have experienced a good Atlantic bite with fish ranging between 17 – 22 inches. Try using intermediate and full sinking lines with flies in various colors - white, gray and chartruese/orange. Around Milliken, lots of lakers hugging bottom in 110-135'. These fish are hungry and biting.  For shore fishermen, now is still a good time to fish stream mouths - you may find that some fish are hanging out. Try night crawlers or minnows (shiners) underneath a bobber. Also try casting purple/white, blue/silver or green/silver spoons. Some perch are hitting along the shoreline. Fatheads and plastics are working depending upon the day. Fish predominately in 18 - 30 feet of water. The Union Springs area was one spot mentioned. This is also a hot area for pickerel. The north end is reporting catches on nice bullhead, perch and crappie. Bass of various sizes are in shallow though no lunkers. The north end offers the best chances. Casting dropshot rigs along with chatterbaits produced some fish. Keep an eye out for weed mats as they have been an issue for some anglers when trolling. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Anglers fishing along shore are getting a mixed bag of rock bass, yellow perch and an occasional rainbow or lake trout. Smallmouth bass are also being taken near shore by anglers using tube baits, topwaters, and stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Some bullhead and black crappie are still being caught on the south end. The rainbow trout were being taken by anglers fishing egg sacs, streamers, egg imitating flies and night crawlers, off the tributary mouths. Pickerel are legal now but no catch reports. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36556.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Skaneateles – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

*OWASCO LAKE: Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows and minnow-like, swimbaits. For the swimbaits, get them close to, or on the bottom and reel slow, occasionally jigging them. Also, hitting are pike on spoons and rockbass on tubes. Anglers have noted some decent bass action. The bullhead bite is good at the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught on the south end. There are some lake trout being taken by anglers trolling small bright spoons, fished 40 – 60 feet down. Use caution when boating as there may be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36554.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Owasco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*OTISCO LAKE: A few walleye and tiger musky are being taken. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for the tigers and don't forget the wire leaders. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. Some tigers are reported being caught from the causeway fishing with large minnows under a bobber. No word on the panfish bite, but crappie fishing can be good this time of year. The lake has both black and white crappie. Black crappie are found on the "clear side", north of the causeway, while white crappie are found in the more turbid water south of the causeway. White crappie are a relative new comer to the lake. Come tomorrow, bass season is open. Look for bass near shore or around the wed beds. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36552.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Otisco – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*EASTERN TROUT STREAMS: Some local trout streams are running high and muddy from all the rain in recent weeks. The warm air has started hatches on several creeks. Fly fisherman use “bubble gum” colored and chartreuse colored egg patterns. New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams.

*WHITNEY POINT RESERVOIR: Try along shore for smallmouth bass using crankbaits, spinner baits or tube jigs. Look for walleye along the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses. You might also try shore fishing for perch and crappie and check out your favorite bullhead spots. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SANDY POND:  High water is limiting access with only a few anglers reported on the water. Those anglers that are able to access the water will likely find Northern pike and walleye along with some perch. Due to the high water level the DEC boat launch is CLOSED until further notice. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONONDAGA LAKE: You might try shore fishing for bass, perch and bullhead. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level. Pike, walleye and tiger musky are now legal. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*ONEIDA LAKE: Look for bass near shore or around the many shoals. Try football jigs, chatterbaits, topwaters, and shallow diving crankbaits. Walleye fishing has improved with fish being taken in both shallow and deep water. Try trolling with worm harness or fishing blade baits in the deeper water or fishing in shallow water around weed edges with minnows. Yellow perch are biting in deep water for anglers using small jigs or minnows. With round gobies now abundant in the lake, it may require some adjustment in the way anglers fish for walleye. The same thing was required when zebra mussels become established in the lake and the water went from turbid to clear, fishing methods needed to be changed to match the conditions. Gobies are very bottom oriented fish so sometimes just getting a foot or two off bottom will help to avoid some of them. If using worm harnesses try trolling instead of drifting, the faster speed keeps them higher off bottom and also helps to avoid some of the gobies. Using artificial lures instead of live bait can also help. Walleye tend to be "well fed" in goby waters and can be difficult to catch; full fish are generally harder to catch than hungry fish. Sometimes going for reaction bites can help, fish hit out of reflex instead of hunger. This can be accomplished by giving erratic action to your lures by speeding them out, slowing them down, stopping them briefly, giving short quick jerks with the rod, etc. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. Suggested spots include Muskrat Bay, Lake Shore Marina and in the Oneida River at the Caughdenoy Dam. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level.  (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake level is up over a foot and higher depending on the winds. This isn’t going to affect the fishing that much, but boaters creating a wake should stay at least 600 feet from shore. When coming into shore and approach at idle speeds. This doesn’t include trolling where there is no wake. When the weather allows, boat anglers are fishing out in the lake since the brown trout fishing has slowed and moved a little deeper. Small stickbaits like Bay Rats, Challengers, Rapalas and Thundersticks, along with small spoons, are working nicely off boards in 30 to 40 feet of water. Trolling these baits along the mud-lines is suggested. Early in the morning is recommended. Good, nice-sized laker action is found out further in the lake in 40-80 feet of water on the bottom. They are hitting on spoons and flashers and "peanuts". Peanuts are small plugs or flies. The kings are being taken deeper at 80 to 300 feet on spoons or flasher and flies. Most of the hits are coming from the riggers using NK Mag, green glow and some A-Tom-Mik green flies. Look for smallmouth bass in shallow water. Try using a fast moving lure (search bait) until fish are found and then slow down and fish stickworms or tube jigs.  Use extreme caution when boating as there is likely to be a lot of debris floating around. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: The streams have high water levels. Maxwell Creek has a high flow on both sides of Lake Road. No word if any fish are being caught. You can also fish the pier heads at Sodus. For those new to stream fishing for salmon, see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page information on salmon fishing equipment, tackle, techniques and links to salmon stream maps. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Boat anglers on the bays should be very alert to floating debris as well as under water obstacles. The water levels in all the bays are still high. Be a responsible boater and watch your wake. The speed on the bays is idle. The perch have been all over Sodus Bay…on the east and west side, but the best action seems to be near Newark and Eagle Island. Some 10-inch perch were caught along with decent size pike. You can use minnows or jigs tipped with spikes or perch eyes, in 10 - 15 fow. Try off the points anywhere on Port Bay. Add Little Sodus to the list for perch. Anglers are catching bluegills, bullheads and crappies off Bay Bridge. Pike and walleye and bass (tomorrow) seasons are now underway but no reports on action. Fishing the bays is tough because of very few places to launch. Due to high water level the Port Bay South FAS - Town of Wolcott and Port Bay West FAS - Town of Huron boat launches are closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. At the Canal Widewaters anglers are primarily targeting crappies, perch and bluegills during early spring fishing. A spot for crappies is along the northern shoreline, near Port Gibson. Wayne County offers a Fishing Brochure which features where to go, what to use, and what to catch. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet, including the new brochure. (Bay profiles: Sodus - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88424.html / Port -  http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88435.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*MONROE COUNTY WATERS: The high-water situation remains on county waters, so be a responsible boater and minimize your wake. Anglers have reported some perch action in Irondequoit Bay and the Greece ponds. Perch eyes out fished minnows. Try a slack line, bait close to or laying on the bottom (at 15 to 17 feet) on the Bay. Small hook jigs, silver, gold and green also plain gold hook with minnow or eye are working. Those being caught are generally small but keepers are being had. Bass become legal tomorrow. Bullhead action should be productive. Due to high water level the Lake Ontario boat Sandy Creek FAS - Town of Hamlin, is closed until further notice. Other boat launches may not have docks installed. You should call ahead if you have any questions on if a particular DEC launch is open. (Bay Profiles: Braddock - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88339.html / Irondequiot - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88359.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

*SALMON RIVER: With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures things are quiet on the river at this time of year, which is normal. A few smallmouth bass are being caught and released but tomorrow they will become keepers, if big enough. Woolly buggers produced the best results for the ’catch & release’ crowd. Some 2-year old brown trout were stocked around Pineville and the 2A parking areas. Remember brown trout must be 15" on the Salmon River. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

*OSWEGO RIVER:  The river flow is getting back to a safe, fishable level. Anglers are getting a few walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in the river. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested. Bass fishing is now legal and action has been good anglers. Try crayfish or tube jigs for the smallmouth bass. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/wp-content/uploads/Brookfield-Varick-Fish-Safely-Brochure-FINAL9.11-lowres.pdf. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41044.html )

*OTHER WATERS: Water levels are dropping but still use caution. The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers are considered fishable. Bass season is underway. Try casting crankbaits or topwaters along shore. If that's not working try fishing in the deeper holes with tube jigs. Also look for walleye on jigs in the deeper holes as well. (River Profiles: Chemung - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/88333.html / Chenango - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63442.html / Tioughnioga - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89718.html and the Unadilla - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/63437.html )

 

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*THIS WEEK'S ‘FISH’ EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

JUNE 2017

24 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Silver Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

24 - Free Kids Fishing Tournament at Celoron Park , Chautauqua Lake sponsored by master fishing guide Mike Sperry with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and the Affinity One Federal Credit Union. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Visit either sponsor location by June 20 to sign up. Open to kids 12 and under. (For information call 716-763-2947, 716-483-2265, 716-483-2798 or Email: chautauquareeloutdoors@windstream.net.

24 - Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park, Orchard Park, NY. (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) Participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. (For information/register call Michael Todd, NYS DEC at 716-851-7010)

24 - Fishing Contest at Community Fellowship Church, 3146 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport, NY (5:00 – 10:00 am) There is a fee of $14 for adults, kids 12 and under $8. (For information contact Dave at 585-638-6461 or John at 585-628-7342.)

24 – Boating Safety Course at the Ashville Flasher, 5338 Stow Road, Ashville, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) This course is sponsored by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34. (For information/register, call Judy at 716-785-2198.)

24-25– FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

24-25 - Hooked on Fishing Tournament  at Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda, NY. (7:00 am) Presented by the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns. Over $3,000 in prizes.  Register June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. or any time after 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. (For more info visit bgcnt.net or call 873-9842 Ext. 211.)

24-7/23 - The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp at  The camps feature free fun games for kids, activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures together. During the Family Summer Camp event, free workshops, which are conducted by store experts, will be held from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, shooting and archery. Other workshops include hiking and backpacking, water safety for boating and kayaking, and learning about animals in the wild. All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectible pin for every workshop completed. When kids have finished all six workshops they will receive a completion pin (while supplies last). Families can participate in the following workshops: Thursdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals; 2 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 3 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools. Saturdays - Noon – Fishing—freshwater/saltwater; 1 p.m. – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 2 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies; 3 p.m. – Animals in the Wild—identifying animals. Sundays - Noon – Shooting/Archery—hunting and recreational; 1 p.m. – Water Safety—boating/kayaking; 2 p.m. – Trek and Prep—shelter, maps, tools; 3 p.m. – Camping/Hiking—fire safety, supplies. In addition, kids can try free craft activities such as coloring a camp bag, creating a wooden camp photo frame, planting grass seeds in a decorative pot, and painting a duck track magnet and a wiggle fish. A different craft activity will be featured each week. At the stores, kids can enjoy several free hands-on activities including: • Casting buckets challenge; • Archery shooting arcade; • Daisy BB gun ranges; • Souvenir photo download; • Catch and Release Pond* opportunity is available at select stores only, Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2 only, from noon-5 p.m.  For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com or visit www.basspro.com/summercamp.)

25 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Irondequoit Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch – North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

25 - KTBA Bass Club Oswego River Tournament at Phoenix Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com ) (Members Only)

27 – State of Lake Erie and The Upper Niagara River at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge (6:30 – 9:30 pm) A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries. DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries. The free seminar will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy. (For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, 716-366-0228.)

27-29 - Children in the Stream Conference: at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY. A conference to educate school teachers and other adult mentors interested in starting a youth fly fishing program. Fishing is the answer to a lot of people’s questions. It should come as no surprise that fly fishing is being used as a foundation for investigating science, math, English language arts, visual arts and community outreach through a “Children of the Stream” program. This unique interdisciplinary approach will be under the tutelage of Dr. Mike Jabot and Alberto Rey. “Children in the Stream” is the brainchild of Rey, a program he has been involved with for 18 years molding the anglers of tomorrow. (Cost: $350) Registration includes instruction in the classroom and in the field; fly rod outfits, fly tying kits and publications. (For information visit www.childreninthestream.com.)

29–7/1 – B.A.S.S. Northern Division Open on Oneida Lake  

30 - WNY Heroes Fishing Tourney for Military Vets, Chadwick Bay, Free to veterans, Fishing from 7am - 1pm, competition among veterans, lunch provided at Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2-4pm. Coordinator: Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348; email: info@innovative-outdoors.com, or visit: https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/.  The Mission of WNYHeroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

 

JULY 2017

 

1 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Open Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

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TIP: BIOLOGISTS TO UPDATE STATUS OF LAKE ERIE AND NIAGARA RIVER FISHERIES: June 27 – State of Lake Erie and The Upper Niagara River at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge (6:30 – 9:30 pm) A meeting to update the public about the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries. DEC is committed to sound management of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits. This event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to hear directly from the biologists who study and manage Great Lakes fisheries. The free seminar will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. This will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities such as a newly released steelhead management plan. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present on Lake Erie fisheries management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye, and muskellunge, and discuss research initiatives and habitat improvement projects. The Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River rank among New York State's top fishing destinations, especially for walleye, smallmouth bass and steelhead. The 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than 800,000 angler days spent on these waters and the estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $22 million to the local New York economy. (For further information contact Don Einhouse, Lake Erie Unit Leader, 716-366-0228.)

 

TIP #2: The traditional bass season kicks off tomorrow. There are still bass on beds on many waters. Fishing along the shoreline or inside weed edges would be a good starting point and then move deeper if not getting bites. Good baits to try are stickworms (Senko style baits), topwaters, chatterbaits, or shallow diving crankbaits. (NYSDEC Region 7)