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your complete guide to fishing conditions on the Finger Lakes of New York.
This site was launched on June 13, 2006
and was last updated on November 12, 2014
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OUR UPDATED REPORTS
Mid November 2014
little new information to report this week and this trend will
continue. The strong winds over the last few weeks coupled with more
anglers starting to pull their boats out for the winter, add in many
anglers heading out hunting and new reports will become harder and
harder to come by.
a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches
will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So, please
just a reminder that from November 1st - May 1st, all persons aboard a
pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a
Personal Flotation Device while underway.Lake Ontario - Lake report is done for the season.
- The river is down from last week and is flowing at 2,730 cubic
feet per second (cfs) as of 10/23.Fishing picked up with the cooler
weather and salmon and steelhead are being taken throughout the river.
Try egg sacs, skein, and 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 on this and also for information on the
life jacket loaner programs in the area.
- The current flow is 350cfs. Steelhead fishing has been very good
in the lower and mid-section of the river, while salmon are being taken
in the mid-to-upper sections of the river. Good baits for the steelhead
and salmon have been streamers and egg imitating flies and plastics.
Egg sacs have also been working well for the steelhead.
- Once again strong winds along with the rain over the weekend
made getting out on the lake difficult. The shore walleye bite
continues to improve though. Casting stickbaits (minnow imitating plugs
like Rapala's or Thunderstiks) or crankbaits (Shad Raps) just before
and after dark is producing some good catches of walleye. When anglers
can get their boats out, yellow perch fishing continues to be good in
the 12 to 15 foot depth range with minnows working.
Otisco Lake - The
lake is still down some, so use caution when boating. Tiger musky are
still being taken around the lake with spinnerbaits, swimbaits or large
- Yellow perch are hitting small minnows fished in 15 to 25 foot
of water. A few rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from
shore with the marshmellow worm rig.
Owasco Lake - Anglers jigging are still getting some lake trout with both spoons and plastics working.
Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers - Smallmouth
bass and walleye are still hitting on crankbaits. A few muskellunge are
also hitting on the Chenango for anglers using crankbaits or
Cayuga Lake - Trolling
70 to 90 feet down with spoons or flasher and flies is still producing
some lake trout. No word on the tributary fishing but some rain is
needed to bring the flows up to spur some fish to run.
Whitney Point Reservoir and Sandy Pond - Few
anglers have been out so no new information to report this week. If
anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.
Lake Ontario - The
lake report is pretty much done for the season. Some salmon are still
being taken by anglers casting spoons off piers though. Salmon are
being taken in the Genesee River and also around the mouth of Maxwell
Creek. Rain is still needed to bring the other streams up to get the
tributary fishing going.
Seneca Lake - Lake trout are being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of water.
Canandaigua Lake - No new information.
Keuka Lake - Jigging is producing lake trout in 85 to 105 foot of water.
Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Yellow perch action has been good in the bays, when it hasn't been too windy, with small minnows working well.
Wayne County Fishing Report -
has a little more water flow, although the south side of Lake Road is
low. Fish the north side in the slower water and cast out into the lake
near the mouth of the stream. Some browns and salmon were caught on egg
sacs earlier this week. You can see the fish rolling around in the
slower water. The other smaller streams have a little better flow than
last week… but a nice drenching would help. Pier fishing has been
another option and anglers were catching salmon and a few steelhead.
You can cast on either side of the Sodus Pier. It’s not like fishing
the stream however it works.
Another option is Hughes’ Marina on
Lake Road just east of Pultneyville. There is a $5 permit fee and you
can fish the small lagoons which connect to the lake.
- Bays- The
water is level in the bays is low which occurs every season. Be careful
when you launch and watch out for shallow spots in the bays.Sodus…the
big bay… has seen a lot of largemouth bass action. Fish the weedlines.
Bass season closes the last day of November. They have been fishing off
the points at Port Bay, although we haven’t
had any reports of great catches. When the perch bite, Port Bay gives
anglers an opportunity for action.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- The
bass were hitting last Sunday near Widewaters in Newark. The best bait
was plastic. The canal is also a great waterway to fish from kayaks.
It’s always calm and holds all kinds of species.
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 - 53 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 55
Seneca Lake Temperature - N/A || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 50
Temperature - 52
All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of November 12, 2014
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