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Mid November 2014

Very 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.

As 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 plan accordingly.

Also, 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.

Oswego River - 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.

Salmon River - 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.

Oneida Lake - 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 minnows working.

Skaneateles Lake - 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 spinnerbaiits.

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 -

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

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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 53 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 55

Seneca Lake Temperature - N/A || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 50

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 52

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of November 12, 2014

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