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    fishing Report for Western new york                                                                                                                                               with Ron Schroder

WESTERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK FISHING - WEST TO EAST

 

6 – 23 - 17

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

JUNE 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JULY 2017

 

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

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

 

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

 

TIP #3: CAYUGA LAKE SHOWING PROGRESS: