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This site was launched on June 13, 2006
and was last updated on October 6, 2014
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OUR UPDATED REPORTS
Early October 2014
Lake Ontario - Salmon are still spread out and are being taken in 80 to 400 feet of
water. A good starting point continues to be in the 80 to 100 foot
depths around river mouths. Flasher and flies, spoons, j-plugs and
cut-bait are all working. Things can change quickly when fish decide to
head to the tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not
marking or catching fish.
Oswego River - The river is flowing at 2,390 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of
10/02. There are some salmon coming into the river each day and fish are
being taken throughout the river. Try egg sacs, skein, egg imitating
plastics and flies. Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are
mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit
Oswego County Tourism web site for more information.
Salmon River - The current flow is 350cfs. There are still a few fish coming in each
day but still no big runs yet. Fish are being marked in the lake and
being seen in the estuary. Maybe the cooler weather predicted this
weekend may help push some of those fish in. Fish are being taken
throughout the river with the deeper pools seeing the most action.
Oneida Lake - Yellow perch fishing has been good in the 12 to 15 foot depth range
with minnows working. Walleye are still being taken in 30 to 40 feet of
water with stickbaits, blade baits, buck tail jigs tipped with night
crawlers and worm harnesses all working. It shouldn't be long before the
shore walleye bite starts to pick-up, some more seasonable weather
would help. A few anglers have been out, but overall this night bite has
been slow. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark can
often be very good in the fall on this lake. Bass fishing has been good
both shallow and deep. Bass are still keying on young of the year (YOY)
gizzard shad or yellow perch. Anglers using Alabama rigs with swimbaits
have been having some good action. YOY gizzard shad are running small
this year so it may pay to down size your baits.
Otisco Lake - The lake is being drawn down, so use caution when boating. Like
Oneida, some more seasonable weather is needed to start the fall shore
Whitney Point Reservoir, Skaneateles Lake, Sandy Pond - No new information.
Owasco Lake - Lake trout are being taken on both the north and south ends with
jigging and trolling both producing fish in the 80 to 100 foot depths.
Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers - Smallmouth bass and walleye are hitting on crankbaits.
Cayuga Lake - Lake trout are still being taken by anglers jigging in 60 to 100 foot
of water. Trolling is also producing lake trout with flasher and flies
and spoons working well. Trolling 70 to 100 feet down over 120 to 180
foot of water has been a good starting point.
Lake Ontario - Some salmon are still being taken by anglers casting glow in the dark
spoons off piers after dark. While brown trout are hitting on cleos
cast off the piers early and late in the day. Anglers trolling are still
finding salmon in 100 foot of water around river mouths, with flasher
and flies and cut-bait working. Some salmon are being taken in the
Genesee River and Maxwell Creek.
Seneca Lake - Lake trout are being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of
water. Flasher and flies in green or white continue to work well.
Vertical jigging is also producing lake trout in 85 to 120 feet of
Canandaigua Lake - Trolling spoons 45 to 60 feet down is producing some lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout.
Keuka Lake - Jigging continues to improve and lake trout are being found in 55 to
115 foot of water with booth the Bluff area and the Branchport arm
producing fish. Trolling 55 to 75 feet down is also producing fish
Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Bass fishing has slowed, but some are still being taken in shallow
water on stick worms, spinnerbaits and bass jigs. Still no word on any
yellow perch activity yet.
Wayne County Fishing Report - Chris Kenyon is on vacation in Maine - this report is from September 17th
- Lake Ontario- Some
kings have entered Maxwell Creek; however you can still fish the lake for
salmon. They have been in 100 feet of water. The last few days have been rough;
however the lake is flat as a pancake today. While waiting for the autumn run
you can easily cast into the channels at Port and Sodus Bays. Some big kings
come out of the water from pier fishing. Use braided line and a nice stiff rod
and cast “Cleos” out in the channel. Sounds simple, but this has work for
- Bays- The summer
crowd is now pulling their boats for the season and you have all the bays to
yourself. The perch are in at Port Bay. You should fish the north end or launch
a boat and concentrate along the points. Use spikes and small jigs. Largemouth
bass are being caught in Sodus Bay. The big bay has plenty of access points and
with over 2,000 acres of water you can fish any where you want. Check out the
rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local
bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com
- Erie Canal- Canal
fishing has been excellent for just about anything. The bass range in the three
to five pound class.
Wayne County Fishing Report - compliments of Chris Kenyon at Wayne
County Tourism (http://www.waynecountytourism.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=143:wayne-county-fishing-update
Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 62.6 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 74
Seneca Lake Temperature - 63 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 60
Temperature - 57
All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of October 6, 2014
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