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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

7 - 20 – 18-1    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

TIP: As young of the year (YOY) yellow perch and bluegills are becoming large enough for bass to feed on, keep an eye out for surface activity. Bass will often drive these small fish to the surface as they feed on them. It's a good time to throw topwaters when you see this. If you're not seeing surface activity try deep diving crankbaits or drop-shot rigs. Often as you reel in a bass that has been feeding on YOY perch or bluegills they will often regurgitate some of them, cueing you on what they're feeding on.  

 

LAKE ERIE: Anglers are still catching lots of walleye around the Buffalo Harbor, with at least a few shorts for every keeper. Rising water temperatures will likely slow the harbor bite sooner than later. Outside of the breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water and the area between the windmills and Seneca Shoal in 35-45 feet of water have also been very productive. In those areas, anglers are catching good numbers of 17-20 inch walleye with some shorts and the occasional lunker mixed in. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. The bite off Barcelona has been good for trollers working depths of 55-65 feet of water with lures run in the bottom half of the water column. From Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk the walleye bite has been spotty in 40-55 feet of water. The bite off Barcelona has been very good in depths of 65-75 feet of water, where walleye are scattered throughout the water column. Spreading out your lines within the water column and adjusting according to strikes is a good idea. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 30-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Smallmouth bass remain 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, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has been bad news for anglers lately to show up in the River and has started to affect fishing. 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: Salmon and trout fishing continues to be good at the west end of the lake. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 80-250 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. 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. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

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, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: All of the area trout streams have lower flows and many have warm water. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can 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 in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. 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, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 60 feet down over 90 foot of water. Some say yellow and green are good colors. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 80 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down over a 100 foot+ bottom.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few brown trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 50 feet down over a 80 to 90 foot bottom. Fishing is better in early AM before boat traffic picks up. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas are becoming a nuisance for anglers trolling so be prepared to deal with them. (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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: The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out, try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can 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. 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: Look for a fair walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. Look for bass along the shore or weed edges. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SANDY POND: The extremely warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has slowed on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, Senkos, Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits and Drop-Shot rigs. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Messenger and Shackleton Shoals are producing fish along with a good bass bite southwest of the islands and in the western bays.  Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding some active brown in shallow. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 100 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 100 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Off Mexico Point is one spot mentioned.  Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass season continues with a good bite. Start shallow and move out deeper if not catching fish, try plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. Pike are between the islands on Sodus. Port Bay is also home of the largemouth, with the most action at the south end of the bay. Now that the holiday boat traffic is gone, you can have quiet waters to cast. The bass are hitting spinnerbait and worm rigs. On the Canal near Widewaters and the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. With holiday boat traffic, the bays in Wayne County will be crowded and fishing will be a challenge…unless you hit the water at 5 am. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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:  Look for fair to good fishing for bullhead, panfish and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. Start shallow and move deeper as the day gets hotter.(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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (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 2018

1-8/5 - Legacy Exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY (Tue-Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 1:00-%;00 pm) The summer “Legacy Exhibit” provides exclusive original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work. (Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors/Military: $10, Children & Students: $8, Family: $30, RTPI Donors: $5 Discount.) (For information call 716-665-2473; National: 800-758-6841. Email: info@rtpi.org Website: rtpi.org)
6/16- 8/13 - Birds in Art at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Hosting the Birds in Art exhibit is a milestone in the exciting new upward trajectory that the nature center is on. It represents the spirit of craft and design, and its relationship with the natural world. Experiences like Wooden Bird Carving and Birds in Culinary Art offer the opportunity to hone a handcraft either in the studio or in the kitchen deepening the connection to the exhibit elements that highlight both the birds of exotic locations but also the birds of the farmyard. (For information call 585-374-6160)
30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to
http://www.loc.org/)

JULY 2018
19 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

19 - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St, Amherst, NY (10:30 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater along Ellicott Creek. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 -  8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby (July 20, 2018).  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-416-3709 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

21 – Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open - Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores, Ladd Road (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

21 – C V Bass League Tournament – Silver Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00. Fish alone or with a partner) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

22 - 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

22 – CVBM Sodus Bay Tournament at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

25 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Sodus Bay (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

26-28 - 2018 Costa FLW Series Northern Division Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Erie; Buffalo, NY; Safe Harbor Marina & Buffalo Harbor State Park; (6:30AM Launch-2:30PM Retrieve and weigh-in.) Forecast is 100-175 boats, 2 anglers per boat; open to public to watch or compete (must be an FLW member to compete).

28 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

28 - 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

28 - Sandy Creek Shootout VIIII Fishing Derby at Sandy Creek Launch Hamlin, NY. (5:00 am – 2:00 pm) Each boat will have a minimum of two participants.  The maximum number of rods to be run by any boat shall be eight (8) All entered fish must be caught in the open waters of Lake Ontario. 100 % Payout, Big fish payouts, 50/50 raffles. (For information go to www.sandycreekshootout.com.)

28 - FLX Big Money Open Bass Tournament – Onondaga Lake at Keuka Lake State Park. (Buy In: $250/Pay Out: 1st $3,000 · 2nd $1,000 · 3rd$ 750 - Lunker $250/Based on a 25 boat field)(For information call 978-427-9496 or email thinklikeafish1@gmail.com)

28 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake. Launch Location: Deans Cove, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

28 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

28 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

28 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Sodus Bay at Sodus Bay Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

28 – NY Kayak BassFishing Tournament on Conesus Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

29 - 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

29 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga  Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

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7 - 13 – 18    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

*TIP: WHERE'S WALLEYE?:  Tips For Finding Their Summertime Hangouts: A walleye’s metabolism rises with the water temperature in summer and that means they need to eat more, not less. Most walleye anglers use leeches and minnows on Lindy rigs in deeper water during this time of year. But, also try finding them where they are suspending with baitfish or prowling

around on shallow reefs, weedbeds, shorelines, and points. These are all primary locations for catching walleyes in summer. Using tactics you would use to catch bass will put you on active walleye quicker and help you put more of them in the boat during summer. A plate full of hot, fried walleye will help make that summer cookout even better.

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

basspro.com.)

 

*TIP #2: CATCHING SOME RIVER WALLEYE: There is so much written about fishing walleye on the lakes and reservoirs that many anglers have forgotten that walleye are actually a river fish species and are very at home living in the current. My favorite lures are hard plastics, like the STORM's Hot-n-Tot series of lures or something similar to them. I position my boat with the current pushing against my lure so the lure stays in a natural swimming motion within the current and the current forces the lure to give off a continuous vibration through the water column attracting walleye from the surrounding area and further down river. This works extremely well in stained water as walleye may not be able to see the bait for long distances, but they will feel the vibration through the current and begin searching for an easy meal.

(By  Wes David For more tips go to basspro.com.)

 

*LAKE ERIE: Anglers are still catching lots of walleye around the Buffalo Harbor, with at least a few shorts for every keeper. Rising water temperatures will likely slow the harbor bite sooner than later. Outside of the breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water and the area between the windmills and Seneca Shoal in 35-45 feet of water have also been very productive. In those areas, anglers are catching good numbers of 17-20 inch walleye with some shorts and the occasional lunker mixed in. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. The bite off Barcelona has been good for trollers working depths of 55-65 feet of water with lures run in the bottom half of the water column. From Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk the walleye bite has been spotty in 40-55 feet of water. The bite off Barcelona has been very good in depths of 65-75 feet of water, where walleye are scattered throughout the water column. Spreading out your lines within the water column and adjusting according to strikes is a good idea. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 30-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

*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, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. There are still a good number trout hanging around the river. Enjoy it while it lasts, as warming waters will push them back to the lake soon. A bottom-bouncing rig with minnow or flatfish lure works well for steelhead in the upper drifts. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has begun to show up in the River and has started to affect fishing. 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: Salmon and trout fishing continues to be good at the west end of the lake. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 80-250 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. 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. Waterfleas have been pretty bad recently. Running copper, steel or larger mono lines helps against clumping and makes it easier to remove the fleas. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*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, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers.
Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is fair both casting and trolling. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html)

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: All of the area trout streams have lower flows and many have warm water. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can 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 in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. 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, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 60 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 80 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Greens and blue were hot colors for flies.  For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down over a 100 foot+ bottom.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Lake trout and a few brown trout were being caught trolling with spoons 40 – 50 feet down.

Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Water fleas are becoming a nuisance for anglers trolling so be prepared to deal with them. (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. No word on the panfish bite. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having some success fishing from shore for perch and bass. (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: The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out, try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Best to fish spring fed streams or concentrate efforts during early hours of the day. No significant fly hatches happening now. Fly anglers can 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. 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: Look for a fair walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. Look for bass along the shore or weed edges.

 (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SANDY POND: The extremely warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has slowed on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, Senkos, Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits and Drop-Shot rigs. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits, along with worm harnesses, are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Messenger and Shackleton Shoals are producing fish along with a good bass bite southwest of the islands and in the western bays.  Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html)

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding an active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 60 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 100 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 100 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Perch are in 10 to 15 feet of water. You can catch them with small jigs tipped with spikes…just use your ice fishing lures. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass action continues at a good rate. Start shallow and move out deeper if not catching fish, try plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. Pike are between the islands on Sodus. at Port Bay. The weeds are thick this year so use heavy leaders. Port Bay still has crappies active at the south end. On the Canal near Widewaters and the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. Catfish are in pools near Clyde (which has a boat ramp) or the other end of the county at Swifts Landing park. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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:  Look for fair to good fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. Start shallow and move deeper as the day gets hotter.(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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. (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 2018

4 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

14 - The 3rd Annual Onondaga Cup & Lake Fest at Willow Bay (Northeast end of Onondaga Lake Park), Liverpool, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) 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/#Competition)

14 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake. Launch Location: Branchport, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com

14 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com) 

14-15 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament centered at Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 - 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback, 6AM take-off. (For information contact Mark Mohr 716-998-9871 or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

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

15 - Beyond 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

15 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

15 - FLX Big Money Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake at Keuka Lake State Park. (Buy In: $250/Pay Out: 1st $3,000 · 2nd $1,000 · 3rd$ 750 - Lunker $250/Based on a 25 boat field)(For information call 978-427-9496 or email thinklikeafish1@gmail.com)

18 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247)  

19 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

19 - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St, Amherst, NY (10:30 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater along Ellicott Creek. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 -  8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby (July 20, 2018).  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-416-3709 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

21 – Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open - Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores, Ladd Road (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

21 – C V Bass League Tournament – Silver Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00. Fish alone or with a partner) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

22 - 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

22 – CVBM Sodus Bay Tournament at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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7 - 6 – 18    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

TIP: ANGLING TIPS TO HELP TROUT AND SALMON BEAT THE HEAT: This spring, trout anglers have benefited from abundant rainfall and cool weather conditions that promote the growth and survival of trout and salmon. However, with the forecast for high temperatures this weekend through next week, it is important to remember that trout and salmon are coldwater sportfish that can experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70° Fahrenheit. Heat stressed fish often seek pockets of cold water created by upwelling groundwater, small feeder streams, or water released from deep reservoirs. These refuges allow trout to avoid or recover from potentially fatal levels of heat stress. You can help by taking the following precautions during your warm weather fishing trips.

>Avoid catch and release fishing for heat stressed trout. Trout already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death no matter how carefully they are handled.

>Don’t disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers. Because these fish are likely to be suffering from heat stress and seeking relief, responsible anglers will not take unfair advantage of their distress.

>Fish Early. Stream temperatures are at their coolest in the early morning.

>Go to Plan B! Have an alternate fishing plan ready in case water temperatures are too high at your intended destination. Consider fishing a waterbody that is less prone to heat stress or fishing for a more heat tolerant species like smallmouth bass.

By paying attention to water temperatures and adapting fishing strategies to changing conditions, anglers can help New York State’s trout and salmon beat the heat.

 

TIP #2: BEST BASS WATERS: Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings for 2018 were recently released. After the numbers are crunched, a blue-ribbon panel from the bass fishing industry debates the strength of the lakes, then settles on the final rankings. The rankings identify the Top 10 lakes in the nation regardless of location, as well as the Top 25 lakes in four geographical divisions. From New York - the Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River) placed eight in the top 10. Among the Northeastern Division: 2 - Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River); 3 - Lake Erie; 5 - Lake Champlain; 12 - Oneida Lake; 13 - Cayuga Lake and 23 - Chatauqua Lake. The complete rankings can also be found in Bassmaster.com photo galleries.

 

LAKE ERIE: Anglers are still catching lots of walleye around the Buffalo Harbor, with at least a few shorts for every keeper. Rising water temperatures will likely slow the harbor bite sooner than later. Outside of the breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water and the area between the windmills and Seneca Shoal in 35-45 feet of water have also been very productive. In those areas, anglers are catching good numbers of 17-20 inch walleye with some shorts and the occasional lunker mixed in. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. The bite off Barcelona has been good for trollers working depths of 55-65 feet of water with lures run in the bottom half of the water column. From Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk the walleye bite has been spotty in 50-65 feet of water. Purple and pink stickbaits have been producing walleye with an occasional steelhead. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 30-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Cattaraugus Creek is in prime shape and is the best option. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

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, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. There are still a good number trout hanging around the river. Enjoy it while it lasts, as warming waters will push them back to the lake soon. A bottom-bouncing rig with minnow or flatfish lure works well for steelhead in the upper drifts. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit. Moss has begun to show up in the River  and has started to affect fishing. 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: Salmon and trout fishing continues to be good at the west end of the lake. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 80-350 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby is underway and will run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. 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. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

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, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, stay tight to the weedlines around 9 to 10-feet of water in the south basin and around 12 feet in the north basin. Hammered brass in Colorado or willow leaf blades work well. A three-quarter ounce to 1-1/2-ounce bottom bouncer is the best way to get the harnesses to the bottom. Trolling around 1 mph will get it done. Yellow and white perch are abundant and will hit the harnesses so take plenty of crawlers.
Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing is good both casting and trolling. For casting, use 6- to 9-inch Jerk baits near and over weed beds. Black, black and orange and perch patterns work the best. Top water baits in the morning and the last couple of hours in the evening will work. Trolling crankbaits like Tuff Shads near weedlines and over open water will produce as well. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: (SEE TIP ABOVE) The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. 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, bass and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 80 to 115 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 80 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. Water fleas are starting to show up so be prepared to deal with them. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: Look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down over a 100 foot+ bottom.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling or jigging in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet.  (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (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: (SEE TIP ABOVE) The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out, try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. 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: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. No report on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

SANDY POND: The extremely warm temperatures have accelerated and as a result weeds are becoming an issue with fishing. The walleye bite has continued on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 20-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Messenger and Shackleton Shoals are producing fish along with a good bass bite southwest of the islands and in the western bays.  Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding an active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 100 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. There is also a bass bite with live minnows and crawfish working well. Just a note that the fleas are heavy in some spots so prepare your rods accordingly. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass season continues with a good bite. Start shallow and move out deeper if not catching fish, try plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. Pike are between the islands on Sodus. Perch are being caught near the channel at Port Bay, although most have left the bays and are in Lake Ontario. On the Canal near Widewaters and the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. With holiday boat traffic, the bays in Wayne County will be crowded and fishing will be a challenge…unless you hit the water at 5 am. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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:  Look for fair to good fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. Start shallow and move deeper as the day gets hotter.(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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. For one angler swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are in good shape. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (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 2018

30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

JULY 2018

4-15 - The 28th Annual Stephen Harrington Memorial 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.

6 – Registration deadline for August 4 - Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park/Buyck Pavilion, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY (7:00 – 10:30 am) The derby is sponsored by the Ely Fagan-American Legion Post 1151. Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided, but please bring your own pole and bait. For ages 4 – 14 years. (Please register online at parksandre. For information call 585-359-2540.)

7 -  Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

8 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) the trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

9-14 – Youth Rowing Camp at the Les Wagner Rowing Center, 3348 New York 17C, Owego, NY. (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)For Boys and Girls, 13–18 years old. Since 1998, HIBC has conducted junior and adult rowing at the Les Wagner Rowing Center on the beautiful Susquehanna River. To introduce this enjoyable and challenging sport to the youth in our area. The cost of the program is $130.00 for the 6 days, which includes a tee-shirt and snacks. Attire for campers is simple: sneakers or sandals, cotton socks, tee shirt and a long-sleeve shirt, and shorts. The fee will be refunded if, after the initial session, the camper decides to withdraw.

11 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Silver Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) Tthe trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

12 - Silver Lake Bass Club Conesus Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

14 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

14 - The 3rd Annual Onondaga Cup & Lake Fest at Willow Bay (Northeast end of Onondaga Lake Park), Liverpool, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) 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/#Competition)

14-15 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament centered at Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 - 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback, 6AM take-off. (For information contact Mark Mohr 716-998-9871 or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

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

15 - Beyond 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: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

15 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

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6 – 29 – 18    WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING REPORT

 

*TIP: ANGLING TIPS TO HELP TROUT AND SALMON BEAT THE HEAT: This spring, trout anglers have benefited from abundant rainfall and cool weather conditions that promote the growth and survival of trout and salmon. However, with the forecast for high temperatures this weekend through next week, it is important to remember that trout and salmon are coldwater sportfish that can experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70° Fahrenheit. Heat stressed fish often seek pockets of cold water created by upwelling groundwater, small feeder streams, or water released from deep reservoirs. These refuges allow trout to avoid or recover from potentially fatal levels of heat stress. You can help by taking the following precautions during your warm weather fishing trips.

>Avoid catch and release fishing for heat stressed trout. Trout already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death no matter how carefully they are handled.

>Don’t disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers. Because these fish are likely to be suffering from heat stress and seeking relief, responsible anglers will not take unfair advantage of their distress.

>Fish Early. Stream temperatures are at their coolest in the early morning.

>Go to Plan B! Have an alternate fishing plan ready in case water temperatures are too high at your intended destination. Consider fishing a waterbody that is less prone to heat stress or fishing for a more heat tolerant species like smallmouth bass.

By paying attention to water temperatures and adapting fishing strategies to changing conditions, anglers can help New York State’s trout and salmon beat the heat.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Anglers are still catching lots of walleye around the Buffalo Harbor, with at least a few shorts for every keeper. Rising water temperatures will likely slow the harbor bite sooner than later. Outside of the breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water and the area between the windmills and Seneca Shoal in 35-45 feet of water have also been very productive. In those areas, anglers are catching good numbers of 17-20 inch walleye with some shorts and the occasional lunker mixed in. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. The bite off Barcelona has been good for trollers working depths of 55-60 feet of water with lures run in the bottom half of the water column. From Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk the walleye bite has been spotty in 40-60 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are moving deeper in New York waters. Anglers may have to do a bit of searching, but depths of 30-40 feet is a good starting point. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS Smallmouth bass fishing continues in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

*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, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. There are still a few trout hanging around the river. Devil’s Hole in the lower river has produced a few steelies. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit.  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: Salmon and trout fishing continues to be very good. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 100-350 feet of water. Lures run 40-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. Saturday is the start of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby, set to kick off June 30 and run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. 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. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye bite has slowed a bit, but anglers are still catching decent numbers. From dusk until dawn, from tight to the weedline out to 20 feet of water. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well. Some larger sized walleye have been reported from the center portion of the southern end of the lake and towards Mayville.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: (SEE TIP ABOVE) The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. 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, bass and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 caught on the lake along with some rainbows. A suggestion is to fish the 40 to 90 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. A few bass are being picked up on plastics fished in the grass in 12 to 18 fow. (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: Try for lakers trolling at 80-90 feet flat lining off planer boards using firetiger stickbaits. Some are being found shallower. A suggestion for the browns and rainbows is to fish the 20 to 50 fow level with medium spoons in black and glow, purple, hot pink or orange crush. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) (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: Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 70 to 90 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. The trout are feeding heavily upon alewives. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

*SKANEATELES LAKE: Look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore (10 feet or less) should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling or jigging in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet.  (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (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: (SEE TIP ABOVE) The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out, try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. 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: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. No report on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*SANDY POND: The walleye bite has continued on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Messenger and Shackleton Shoals are producing fish along with a good bass bite southwest of the islands and in the western bays.  Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding an active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 100 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass season continues with a good bite. Start shallow and move out deeper if not catching fish, try plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters. The largemouth bass coming from Sodus Bay have been in the 6-pound class. The smallmouth are being caught near the channel. Pike are between the islands on Sodus. Perch are being caught near the channel at Port Bay, although most have left the bays and are in Lake Ontario. On the Canal near Widewaters and the largemouths were hitting spinner baits and Zoom rubber. The weedline is usually on the south side of the canal. That’s where the action is, and you are out of the way of recreational boats traveling the canal. With holiday boat traffic, the bays in Wayne County will be crowded and fishing will be a challenge…unless you hit the water at 5 am. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. You can also check the Wayne County Tourism web page (www.waynecountytourism.com) for the locations and hours of local bait and tackle shops. (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:  Look for fair to good fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. Start shallow and move deeper as the day gets hotter.(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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits, crayfish and live minnows. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are starting to run on the low side. With the hot weather fish the riffles in the more heavily oxygenated water. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (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 2018

29 - Strawberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Celebrate June’s second full moon with a paddle and bonfire. Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take guests out onto the waters of Keuka Lake, through wetlands, and back up Sugar Creek. Attendees will end their evening with a strawberry dessert and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200 mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

30 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200 retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

30 - Monroe County Offshore Classic. Visit Monroe County Offshore Classic on Facebook.com for details.

 

JULY 2018

 

1-6 – New York State Trout Unlimited Youth Camp at the Land of the Vikings Lodge near the West Branch of the Delaware River. Applicants must be 13 years of age by May 15 and applications must be postmarked by that date. The camp offers youths the opportunity to learn about trout ecology, stream conservation and trout fishing. (For information call Ronald Urban at 845-339-5938 or email ronsgonefishing@aol.com.)

4-15 - The 28th Annual Stephen Harrington Memorial 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.

6 – Registration deadline for August 4 - Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park/Buyck Pavilion, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY (7:00 – 10:30 am) The derby is sponsored by the Ely Fagan-American Legion Post 1151. Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided, but please bring your own pole and bait. For ages 4 – 14 years. (Please register online at parksandre. For information call 585-359-2540.)

7 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

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TIP #1: THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 23 – 24 - NEW YORK STATE’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 23-24. Anglers are reminded that although a fishing license is not required during the free fishing weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

 

TIP #2: Try Wacky Rigging: The wacky rig is an extremely simple and effective way to catch both largemouth and smallmouth bass. It can be used by anglers of all ages and abilities and is particularly good for young anglers. Visit DEC's website to learn more about fishing wacky style.

TIP #3: HOW TO FISH JUNE BASS: (Bass Season Opened June 16th) If you have a lot of success catching bass in June, you can apply those same techniques when you find similar water and weather conditions during other summer months. Deep structure is tough to fish in early summer so you need to spend a little time and effort to find bass. If the lake you are fishing has grass, you may find bass sometimes relate to the grass better than deep  structure. Why? Because vegetation provides them bait fish, shelter and the cooler temperatures they like. Rivers are another great place to try in June. A moving river naturally aerates the water, which bass really like and also the water temperature doesn’t get as warm as lakes do.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to basspro.com)

 

LAKE ERIE: Walleye action was pretty good on Lake Erie until some recent east winds and coldwater upwellings slowed things down a bit in open lake areas. However, the walleye bite has remained consistent around the greater Buffalo Harbor. Anglers are catching good numbers of walleye outside the outer breakwalls in 20-30 feet of water. Decent numbers of eyes are coming inside the breakwalls also, with top catches near the gaps. Some fish caught along the shipping channel as well. Around the Buffalo Harbor expect to catch a few short walleye for every keeper. The walleye bite off the windmills has been fair in 35-45 feet of water, with some nice sized fish mixed in. The walleye bite is hit or miss from Sturgeon Point to Barcelona, with most effort between 40 and 65 feet of water. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits. In areas where walleye are more heavily congregated there will likely be a pack of boats to deal with. Anglers also have good chances to catch walleye away from the pack by trolling medium to large stickbaits at around 2 mph. There have been some decent yellow perch catches off Sturgeon Point in 54-57 feet of water and off Dunkirk starting in 50 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors. Good open lake spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off the head of Strawberry Island. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs and worm harnesses is a good tactic. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits, depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

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, plastics, flatfish lure, live crayfish, shiners or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. Anglers have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit.  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: Northeast winds have stirred up the water a bit and scattered the fish. Once things get back to normal look for fishing to pick up. The most consistent trout and salmon action has been at mid-water depths of 100-350 feet of water. Lures run 50-80 feet down have produced a nice mix of king salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and lake trout. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye fishing continues to be quite good. From dusk until dawn, from tight to the weedline out to 20 feet of water. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. The shallows are a good bet for daytime largemouth bass fishing around docks and along the weedlines. In addition to productive offerings like stickbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics, bass are now also hitting surface lures. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. 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 low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing. Look for hatches of caddisflies and March Browns, with better surface action later in the day. Green Drakes may not be far off on those waters that produce that hatch.  Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye, bass and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye, tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass and stickbaits and spoons for the pike. Check out your shore fishing areas for bullhead, crappie and panfish. 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, bass and pike seasons are underway. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for the walleye; tubes, wacky rigs and crayfish for bass 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 active on the lake 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. (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: : No reports. Help!! 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. (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: . Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 70 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails or white tube jigs with no bait. Fishing with alewives near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is also producing some lake trout. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Anglers out of Sampson are getting into pike using spoons and stickbaits. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing the 50 to 80 foot level over a 150 to 200 foot bottom. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still cold. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters.

(Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/36544.html ) (Become a DEC diary keeper for Cayuga – email fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.)

 

SKANEATELES LAKE: The blow the last few days caused the surface temps on north end to drop to 48-55 causing some fish to die including a reported 15" perch. Once things are back to normal look for a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore (10 feet or less) should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet.  (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (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: The low water and higher temps in the streams is getting bad, so if you go out try the mornings when everything is cooler and try not to handle the fish alot, get a quick photo and make sure the fish is upright and ready to swim away before resuming fishing.For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. 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: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling with worms around the Islands. Bank anglers are picking up bullhead and channel catfish. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. No report on the bass bite. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

SANDY POND: The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass along shore and off the weed beds and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

ONONDAGA LAKE: Some good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass using Superflukes, topwater and spinnerbaits. The fish seem to be high in the weeds. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie, tiger musky and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

 

ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be good. Anglers are finding an active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 20 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. Fishing early or late in the day has been better. The king bite is still on. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 250 feet, fishing at 50 – 90 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Cut bait can also be used. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: The bass season had a fantastic start with boats covering the entire shoreline of Sodus Bay. Both smallies and largemouths were hitting…Zoom was the popular bait. The new Fluke Zoom was the hot rubber. Port Bay produced some largemouths in the 5-pound class. Some smallmouths were caught near the channel. The pike fishing was also great in Sodus; however, you need to fish when there is less recreational boat traffic. Pike will hit large jigs with rubber tails or the common Daredevle spoon. Kayak fishing the Erie Canal has become very popular. The protected waterways don’t have all the boat waves like the Wayne County bays. The cats are hitting the deep poles and the largemouths are the biggest bass in the county. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. (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:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye, bass and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays. Target northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows and try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds for bass. (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: Action on the river is reported slow. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish and nightcrawlers. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits and crayfish. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are a little high and muddy. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (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 2018

23 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email
mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

23 - The Olcott Kids Fishing Derby out of the Town of Newfane Marina (Niagara County) (8:00 am to noon.) Kids age 4 to 15 are eligible. (Call the marina at 716-778-5462  for information.)

23 - A Kids Fishing Contest on Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Held in conjunction with a summer bash. After fishing, try your hand at kayaking with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at 12:30 p.m. (For information call 716-286-4840)

23 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

23 – 2nd Annual WNY Heroes – Military Veterans Walleye Fun Fish Day at Dunkirk Harbor.  (Date is tentative.) (For information call Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348)

23 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

23 – The 25th Annual Lew Meade Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Cassadaga Lake. (7:00 – 11:00 am) Hosted by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, this event is open to the public for age groups 7 years old and under, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 years old. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Trophies will be presented in each age group and for boys and girls. In addition, first place winners will receive their own kayaks. (For information call Steve Wickmark at 716-595-2900.)

23 - Muskies Inc #69 Tournament at Chautauqua Lake. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (For information call Clint Nicholson at 585-330-4087.)

23 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23-24 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

23-24 - Hooked on the Tonawandas out of Gateway Harbor in North Tonawanda. (Call 716-628-1247 for information.)

29 - Strawberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Celebrate June’s second full moon with a paddle and bonfire. Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take guests out onto the waters of Keuka Lake, through wetlands, and back up Sugar Creek. Attendees will end their evening with a strawberry dessert and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

30 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

30 - Monroe County Offshore Classic. Visit Monroe County Offshore Classic on Facebook.com for details (Contact: Matt French 585-737-9364 or Rick Hijecki 585-704-7996)

 

JULY 2018

1-6 – New York State Trout Unlimited Youth Camp at the Land of the Vikings Lodge near the West Branch of the Delaware River. Applicants must be 13 years of age by May 15 and applications must be postmarked by that date. The camp offers youths the opportunity to learn about trout ecology, stream conservation and trout fishing. (For information call Ronald Urban at 845-339-5938 or email ronsgonefishing@aol.com.)

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*TIP: LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH BASS SEASON OPENS STATEWIDE JUNE 16: Although anglers in many areas of the state have been enjoying the special catch and release season for largemouth and smallmouth bass that runs from the close of the regular season to the 3rd Saturday in June, the regular season covering all waters in the state opens on Saturday, June 16. During the regular bass season, anglers are permitted to keep five bass 12 inches or larger in size. Special regulations exist on certain waters, so be sure to check the current fishing regulations for the water you intend to fish.

 

*TIP 2: HOW TO FISH JUNE BASS: (Bass Season Opens Tomorrow, June 16th) If you have a lot of success catching bass in June, you can apply those same techniques when you find similar water and weather conditions during other summer months. Deep structure is tough to fish in early summer so you need to spend a little time and effort to find bass. If the lake you are fishing has grass, you may find bass sometimes relate to the grass better than deep  structure. Why? Because vegetation provides them bait fish, shelter and the cooler temperatures they like. Rivers are another great place to try in June. A moving river naturally aerates the water, which bass really like and also the water temperature doesn’t get as warm as lakes do.

(By Larry Whiteley, Host of the award-winning Outdoor World Radio For more tips go to basspro.com)

 

*TIP 3: JUNE 23 – 24 - NEW YORK STATE’S FREE FISHING WEEKEND New York residents and visitors may fish for free without a fishing license in any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 50,000 miles of rivers and streams during the weekend of June 23-24. Anglers are reminded that although a fishing license is not required during the free fishing weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

 

*LAKE ERIE: Best walleye action remains at night, where trollers focus on spawning shoals in 8-15 feet of water. In areas where walleye are more heavily congregated there will likely be a pack of boats to deal with. Anglers also have good chances to catch walleye away from the pack by trolling medium to large stickbaits at around 2 mph. During the day, anglers were picking up walleye in deeper areas of 20-35 feet of water off of spawning shoals. Bottom bouncing with worm harnesses works well. Yellow perch catches have been good for anglers who find and stay on a school. Some full buckets of perch have come from waters off Cattaraugus Creek in 50-57 feet of water, off Evangola in 56-60 feet of water and some have shown off Hamburg in around 40 feet of water. Live emerald shiners can’t be beat. Emeralds are showing a little better in the typical dipping spots along the upper Niagara River, harbors and Lake Erie tributaries, but be prepared to work for them. The harbors at Barcelona, Dunkirk and Buffalo are currently hot spots for smallmouth bass. A recent DEC electrofishing survey along the inner and outer breakwalls and shorelines in Buffalo Harbor showed lots of smallmouth bass all over. There were also decent numbers of northern pike along the outside of Buffalo Harbor State Park breakwall (especially at the southwest corner). Decent numbers of walleye were observed on the lake side of the outer breakwall gaps at night. Tube jigs, jigs with twister tails, deep diving stickbaits, live minnows and crayfish are good bass baits. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

*LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

*UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off Unity Island. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits depending where you are fishing. 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 bass, perch. Live emerald shiners are the top bait and have been available for dipping in many spots. For largemouth, try using shad raps in the back eddies. The upper river, too, was producing some trout by anglers walleye fishing.

 

*LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river trout and bass action continues to be good for boaters. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Bass are hitting swimbaits and tubes. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for trout and bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  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: Northeast winds have stirred up the water a bit and scattered the fish. Once things get back to normal look for fishing to pick up. King salmon action remains strong, but fish are moving around, requiring a bit more searching. This week the better king bite has been between 80-200 feet of water from Wilson to Hamlin, on lures run 50 to 80 feet down. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. Off the Niagara Bar, depths of 200-250 feet of water has been productive. Anglers targeting kings are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional steelhead or Atlantic salmon. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - WEST – TRIBS: Anglers have been catching a few brown trout and steelhead. Jigs tipped with a wax worm, egg sacs by themselves or egg imitations are being used. Yellow perch are showing at Olcott and Wilson Harbors and in the low end of Oak Orchard Creek. At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass, bullhead and other sunfish. You never know what you will catch next.

 

*CHAUTAUQUA LAKE: The walleye fishing continues to be quite good. From dusk until dawn, the shallows in 3-10 feet of water have been walleye hotspots. Areas along emerging weed beds have been especially good. Slow trolling, less than 2 mph, with worm harnesses has been tops. Casted or trolled stickbaits produce catches as well.  Shore anglers can connect by casting stickbaits, especially near stream inlets. The shallows are a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks and their season is now open. The shallows are also a good bet for daytime bass fishing around docks. Anglers are seeing good yellow perch catches around the north basin on small minnows. Muskellunge fishing has been fair along weedlines. Try trolling large stickbaits along weed edges or casting large stickbaits over weed beds and retrieving towards open water. The crappie bite has cooled but the bluegill action is hot on Chautauqua Lake. Many of the bays are seeing action during the day and evening. Target crappie in the canals, inlets and traditional open lake areas such as Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay, Cheney Point, Lakewood Bar, Rock Island, Grass Island, Bemus Bay, Whitney Bay, Dewittville Bay, the flats off Mayville. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one inch tube or other small plastic (best colors are silver, chartreuse and black) and fished under a pencil float, works well for crappie. Chautauqua Lake walleye regulations are now the same as the state-wide regulations, minimum length of 15 inches and daily limit of 5. Look for bullhead along shorelines, especially during low light periods. Ashville Bay has had active fishing and angler use at times, but now some of the areas available along the shoreline have been closed off due to excessive angling pressure/litter and other misdeeds. A list of State maintained access sites can be found on the Chautauqua Lake page. Various municipalities also provide access points. Go to http://www.wunderground.com/webcams/towerclimber/1/show.htm . (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9230.html )

 

*WESTERN TROUT STREAMS: Area trout streams were in prime shape with good flows and increasing bug activity. Look for hatches of caddisflies and March Browns, with better surface action later in the day. Green Drakes may not be far off on those waters that produce that hatch.  Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners. 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: Overall fishing action is reported slow. Walleye and pike seasons are underway but there are no reports on the fishing. 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. Bass are hitting but still and tomorrow they’re legal. 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 and bass is starting tomorrow. 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. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 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 active on the lake 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. (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: : No reports. Help!! 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. (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: . Walleye are providing a fair bite. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, and worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs. In clear conditions try 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. Also hit the shoreline for bullhead. The lake has also been producing large numbers of bass. Fish have been caught from 2-12 feet deep depending on the temperature of the water. Afternoon and evenings have produced the largest number of bass, with 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. (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: Fishing remains slow on the lake. Try trolling spoons or flasher and flies for lakers and a few rainbows at 40 to 80 feet over a 100 to 200 foot bottom. Jigging blade baits and spoons at 100 feet also is reported to be working. Trolling at 30 feet is working for rainbows and some browns. The bass have been active. The water is clear, and it helps to make long casts to your targeted area. Several baits have been effective, especially wacky rigged Zoom Trick Worms. Colors varied with light conditions. Use darker baits under low light and more colorful baits when it was sunny. Keep your boat moving until you find fish, then work the area slowly. 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. Jig it vertically from the bottom to about 1 foot off the bottom. Rainbow fishing is now fair in the tributaries.  (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: No reports on any musky action but pickerel are being picked up on Lamoka with gold and silver inline spinners. Red is also a working color. Largemouth bass are hitting senko rubber worms and they’re legal to keep now. Seems like the smaller 3"-4" worms are working better. Green pumpkin and purple were working. Just bump the worm off the bottom. The weight of the worm and hook should be enough. Work it slowly though because the fish are very slow to take the worm. Some nice carp were mudding in Waneta so you might want to bring some fly-gear set up for carp! 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: Laker action is reported fair to good on the lake. Try jigging at 80 - 115 feet in 100 - 160 feet of water with white buck tail jigs, white paddletails 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. Some lakers are being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water. On open water, try for perch in the Branchport arm. (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: A few anglers are trying their luck at trolling for browns and Atlantic salmon with 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. Look for fair to good lake trout fishing, trolling in 100 to 150 fow over a 100 to 200 foot bottom, with flasher-flys in green or white, stickbaits or black and purple spoons. Rainbow fishing has been fair in the tributaries. Watch for floating debris. (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 trout and brown trout bites have been fair to good and the Landlocked salmon action has been fair at the south end. Trolling and/or vertical jigging are working. Try using hairjigs for the lake trout. Fish the 65 - 85 foot level. For those shore fishing, when conditions permit, some trout and salmon are also available. In the goby-era fish have become quite selective in their feeding zones and habits, especially while the water is still very cold.  The south end of the lake is starting to show some murky water. Fishing remains challenging yet productive on this lake.  Keep an eye out for debris 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: There are some reports of a fair to good perch bite on the lake with scattered walleye and bass thrown in. The yellow perch are being caught on small minnows at about 20 feet.  Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch. Look for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Skaneateles town officials plan to charge out-of-town boaters a fee for parking cars in the town's boat launch parking lot in Mandana. The fees are $10 a day for a car with no trailer, and $100 for a seasonal pass for a car without a trailer. Cars with trailers must pay a $20 fee per day or $200 for a seasonal pass. Parking remains free for town residents, who can show a transfer station permit or a resident sticker. Public access to the popular Skaneateles Lake is limited to three launches - the Skaneateles town launch in Mandana, a state launch and, at the far southern end, a Town of Scott launch. The state boat launch continues to be free.

 

*OWASCO LAKE: Fishing for lake trout is fair at the north end. Try trolling in 170 feet of water. Anglers are catching perch on the north end of the lake using fathead minnows; the bullhead bite has come on in the Inlet at the south end. Some black crappie are also being caught at the south end. Northern action is being found at the north end. Rockbass are also active hitting tube jigs. Nice smallmouths are spawning or at least close to spawning in the outlet but remember another week to go.  (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: The walleye, bass and tiger musky bites are slow. Try trolling, or casting, with stickbaits, for both the walleye and tiger musky and for the bass it’s stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs in shallow water and around docks. Also try large swimbaits, spinnerbaits or minnows fished under a bobber for tigers. And worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigs for walleye. 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, but there are fish up to 13 inches. Anglers are also having success fishing from shore for perch and bass (catch& release). (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 at moderate levels. For best results keep your offerings small and your presentations s-l-o-w. For the fly fisherman some hatches of olives, Hendrickson’s and assorted other small mayflies. 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: Look for a decent walleye bite. Good baits are jigs, worm harnesses and crankbaits. Try slow trolling. As the water has lowered, anglers can fish from the bank again. They are picking up bullhead and channel catfish from shore. No word on the crappie bite but this is generally a good time of year to start working the shoreline with small jigs or minnows. Some nice perch are being caught as well. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40284.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.) 

 

*SANDY POND: The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well. Some northern pike are being taken. Try stickbaits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the pike. Shore fishing for bullhead and panfish is a possibility. Anglers are also finding some bass and live bait can be used now. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41039.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*ONONDAGA LAKE: Some fair to good action is being had on the lake fishing for bass and tiger musky. Also for something different try for gar. Other fish species present are bluegill; pumpkinseed; smallmouth bass; largemouth bass; yellow perch; common carp; drum, channel catfish; brown bullhead; crappie and walleye. Can you help provide fishing info? (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/60782.html ) (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

As part of long-running project that's been going on for several years, a SUNY ESF research team has set gill nets to capture, measure and tag the lake's prehistoric-looking fish. They were surprised Thursday to find six sturgeon at once in one of their nets - the largest being an eye-opening 5 feet, two inches long and weighing 65 pounds.

*ONEIDA LAKE: The walleye action varies depending on the day and part of the lake you are fishing. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water column. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Also, try fishing black and purple hair jigs tipped with a night crawler. Anglers also are reporting some nice catches using Sonar lures (gold). Pickerel fishing has also been good. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits - makes unhooking them much easier. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more.  Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening. For anglers after bass, try the 5 to 10 foot levels with bass jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Try jigging for perch with chartreuse glow jigs tipped with mousie grubs. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year, but no reports yet. Bullhead are being taken along the south shore and in the bays, try worms or leeches. (Lake Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/41034.html )

 

*LAKE ONTARIO - EAST: The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite. Trolling near shore over depths of 10 to 40 feet, with stickbaits or small spoons continues to work well. Fishing with side planers, 75 to 100 feet back, has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach. So, it may pay to also try some goby colored baits. The spring king bite is still on with some of the cleanest looking salmon being caught in years. The entire south shore of the lake has seen action. Off Sodus Bay, the depth has been 150 to 200 feet, fishing at 50 – 90 feet. Green dots on any spoon seem to be the hot lure. Some recommended spoons are Dreamweaver Super Slims in Glow Green, Green Alewife and purple clown. Stingers in the same patterns plus the Dirty White Boy, Gator Glow and Blue Dolphin have been good. Lake trout are being found in 100 - 120 feet of water. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.

 

*LAKE ONTARIO – EAST - TRIBS: It’s basically warm water species now that the salmonids have moved back to the big lake. (Reports are needed. Use our contact page.)

 

*WAYNE COUNTY BAYS: Walleye fishing has been decent, especially near dusk on Sodus – fishing between the islands. Pike are hitting pike minnows or large red spoons between LeRoy Island and the north shore of Sodus. You can also catch pike between Newark Island and the shoreline near Skipper’s Restaurant.

This is the time of year when the perch head to Lake Ontario and you can catch them there in shallow water…10 feet or less. There is a good bite of crappies at the south end of Port Bay. They are suspended in 12 feet of water. Crappies are hitting bright small jigs. Look for some good bullhead action on the bays. On the Canal you can launch at Widewaters Park or fish from the canal trail on the south side of the waterway. The crappie fishing is excellent in the canal. Great bass locations are Sodus, Port, and Blind Sodus Bays and the Erie Canal. Fish the weedlines with rubber, plastic, or topwater baits. Call 1-800-527-6510 for a free fishing packet. (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:  Look for fair to good shore fishing for bullhead, perch and crappie along the shores of Long and Cranberry Ponds and the Bays. Walleye and northern pike are good possibilities on the Bays and now you can add bass. Bullhead fishing has gotten better on Irondequiot Bay and you can target the northern pike with spinnerbaits, stickbaits or large minnows. (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: Now that we are in June, action on the river is slowing. An occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action, there are good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river. (River Profile - http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/37926.html )

 

*OSWEGO RIVER: Anglers are continuing to take walleye with large stickbaits. Anglers are also hooking some sheepshead on crayfish. A few smallmouth bass are being taken on tube baits and cray fish. 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: The Chemung, Chenango, Tioughnioga, Susquehanna and Unadilla Rivers are a little high and muddy. Walleye, bass, tiger musky and muskellunge seasons are open. Good baits for walleye are usually crankbaits or jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawlers. Look for walleye in the deeper holes. Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits. Also don’t forget bullhead, catfish and panfish offer good prospects. (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 2018

9-17 - 34th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. Cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. On-line application at www.southtownswalleye.org. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. (For information call  Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372).

15 - Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

15 - Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass

15 – Start of Frog Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) (>9/30)

16 - Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)

16 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/19)

16 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

16 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

16 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

16 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

16 - FREE Fishing Seminars at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Electronics: how to set up your boat for fishing success. 1:00-4:00 pm – Kids’ Fishing Event - FREE Catch & Release Pond, FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day, FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!, FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day, FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last, FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last. 2:00-3:00 pm - Take Kids Fishing; how, where, and what you need. (For information call 716-608-4770) 

16 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (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)

17 - Fishing Seminars: Selecting The Proper Rod And Reel Setup at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (1:00 – 2:00 pm) (For information call 716-608-4770) 

20 - Lake Erie and Niagara River Fisheries Update at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge, S-3580 Lakeshore Road Blasdell, NY (6:30 – 9:30 pm) The meeting will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. The meeting 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. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required. (For information call 716-851-7000.)

23 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email
mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

23 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

23 – 2nd Annual WNY Heroes – Military Veterans Walleye Fun Fish Day at Dunkirk Harbor.  (Date is tentative.) (For information call Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348)

23 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

23 – The 25th Annual Lew Meade Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Cassadaga Lake. (7:00 – 11:00 am) Hosted by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, this event is open to the public for age groups 7 years old and under, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 years old. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Trophies will be presented in each age group and for boys and girls. In addition, first place winners will receive their own kayaks. (For information call Steve Wickmark at 716-595-2900.)

23 - Muskies Inc #69 Tournament at Chautauqua Lake. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (For information call Clint Nicholson at 585-330-4087.)

23 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23-24 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

 

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TIP: KID STUFF: The big fishing tackle us adults use can be difficult for kids to use. Ultralight pushbutton or spin casting are ideal and much more durable than those cute little cheap combos. These downsized rigs are easy for small kids to hold and are relatively tangle free. Best of all, they make even a small sunfish feel like a whopper. Starting a child right means using decent, functional tackle. Anything less performs poorly and invites discouragement. Find an ultralight combo with a soft tip, which means easy casting, and a reel that handles 4-pound test line well and has a smooth drag. The price is usually around $30 which isn’t too bad either. Most important from the youngsters view is that it works, it fits, and it’s fun. Now go find a place where they can catch a mess of perch or bullhead catfish and you’ll have a kid hooked on fishing.

(Jimmy Houston is host of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors” on ESPN® For more tips, log onto basspro.com)

 

LAKE ERIE: There are still some walleye available at night in the nearshore shallows, however that bite is tapering off. The daytime action has been decent to good at mid-depth areas, including some limit catches. Out of Buffalo, anglers are catching walleye off the windmills in 30-40 feet of water. Productive methods include trolling with worm harness or stickbaits near the bottom, or by slow trolling (1mph or less) with a bottom bouncing rig and worm harness. From Sturgeon Point to west of Dunkirk, depths of 40-50 feet are good starting points. Depths around 40 feet off Van Buren Bay has been a hot spot. Worm harnesses or stickbaits run within 10 feet of bottom is a good bet. Working the deeper edges of the walleye spawning structures is also worth a try. Smallmouth bass are still biting well in the Lake Erie Harbors and the catches are improving around the nearshore reefs and shoals. Good spots to try include Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, 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. A drop-shot rig with tubes, plastics or live bait works well when fishing deeper waters. For more information see the Smallmouth Bass Fishing on Lake Erie page.

 

LAKE ERIE TRIBS It is a good time for smallmouth bass fishing in the Lake Erie tributaries. Wooly buggers and minnow imitations are good bets for fly anglers, and spinning anglers generally do well with stickbaits, minnows and jigs with grubs or plastics fished under a float. The lower section of Cattaraugus Creek is a good spot to target channel catfish. Nightcrawlers, chicken livers or raw shrimp fished on the bottom works well, especially at night. The deeper holes in the other creeks may hold catfish as well. Anglers can also catch catfish along the Lake Erie shoreline on calm nights, especially near stream inlets. There are a good number of suckers also in the tributaries. Steelhead smolts were recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care, so they may return to the creeks as large adults. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

 

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER: Upper river waters are in good shape. Look for walleye off Unity Island. Smallmouth bass have been hitting shiners and crayfish or tubes and swimbaits depending where you are fishing. 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. Remember, bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only in the Niagara River north of the Peace Bridge, until regular season opens on 16th.

 

LOWER NIAGARA RIVER: Lower river trout and bass action continues to be good for boaters. Try using minnows, egg sacs, MagLips and Kwikfish throughout the river, all fished off three-way rigs. With the large amount of bait in the river you will have to work for every fish you catch. Action is not consistent. Bass are hitting swimbaits and tubes. White and silver jigs will work off the NYPA fishing platform for trout and bass. Silver bass were hitting along Artpark from shore. The Lewiston Landing area is still producing walleye at night on plastics. During the day, bass and sheepshead have been hitting zoom swimbaits. Anglers targeting smallmouth bass (catch and release) have done well, with some caught bass over 6 pounds! Tube jigs and swim baits are working on smallmouth, especially downriver toward Youngstown. They have been catching some walleye at night off the Lewiston Landing area by tossing in a swim bait or a jerk bait. A few silver bass were also caught, good news if you like fishing for them with an ultralight outfit  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: King salmon action remains strong, but fish are moving around, requiring a bit more searching. This week the better king bite has been between 80-200 feet of water from Wilson to Hamlin, on lures run 50 to 80 feet down. Lures to try - Moonshine and Michigan Stinger spoons with anything orange in color or UV and Glow magnum Silver Streak spoons in green and chartreuse colors. Some of the bigger kings (over 20 pounds) have hit flasher fly combos. Off the Niagara Bar, depths of 200-250 feet of water has been productive. Anglers targeting kings are also catching some lake trout, coho salmon and the occasional steelhead or Atlantic salmon. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information. 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. You never know what you will catch next.

DEC requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. We are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018, and wild vs. stocked Coho Salmon by clipping adipose fins in 2016-2018. For more information on data to include with coho heads and freezer locations for drop-off, see Coho Salmon Head Collection page.