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Late August 2014

Lake Ontario

Salmon fishing improved this week and fish are being taken 120 to 175 feet down over 350 to 600 foot of water. Flasher and flies, spoons and cut-bait are all working.

Oswego River

The river is down from last week, and is flowing at approximately 2,830 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 8/28. Little has changed from last weeks report, with freshwater drum (sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass being taken in the river. Try crayfish for the sheepshead and bass, and worms or cut-bait for the catfish.

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 750cfs and will stay at 750 until Tuesday. A few salmon have been spotted in the lower river, but overall things are still quite on the river.

Oneida Lake

Fishing remains the same, with some walleye being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water with stickbaits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), buck tail jigs tipped with night crawlers and worm harnesses. Bass fishing continues to be good for anglers fishing around the shoals with drop-shot rigs or tube baits. Fishing spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in 5 to 8 foot of water is also working for bass. Keep an eye out for birds diving; when bass are feeding on young of the year (YOY) gizzard shad or yellow perch they often drive them to the surface. Terns and gulls take advantage of this and can be seen from a long ways off as the dive to catch the shad or perch. Also keep an eye out for individual fish breaking, this is harder to see then the birds though. Bass usually don't stay up long during this, so you need to get to the area quickly. Casting topwaters, lipless crankbaits, chatterbaits, swimbaits or stickbaits into these feeding fish can produce some exciting action when this is taking place.

Otisco Lake

Look for walleye and smallmouth bass in 15 to 25 foot of water. A few tiger musky are hitting on spinnerbaits on the north end of the lake.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Walleye are still being taken around the islands.

Owasco Lake

Trolling spoons or flasher and flies 70 to 90 feet down over 100 to 120 foot of water is producing lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. Smallmouth bass and rock bass are hitting tube jigs and drop-shot rigs fished in 10 to 30 foot of water.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Walleye are hitting on brown colored jigs fished near bottom and also on stickbaits.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth bass are being found in 20 to 30 foot of water. Good baits have been drop-shot rigs and tube jigs.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 95 feet of water for anglers vertical jigging with plastics. Largemouth bass are being caught around the lake in 15 to 20 foot of water on weed edges. Good lures have been bass jigs and a variety of plastics. There were some very impressive bass caught during the BASSMASTER Elite fishing tournament that took place on the lake last weekend.

Sandy Pond

Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult. There are still some largemouth bass being taken.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

Salmon fishing has improved over the last few weeks and fish are being found in 150 to 400 foot of water. Try fishing spoons, flasher and flies, cut-bait or j-plugs down 40 to 100 foot.

Seneca Lake

Fleas have been less of an issue this week, but weed mats are still making trolling difficult on the lake. Lake trout are being taken 50 to 70 feet down over 150 to 350 foot of water. Spoons and flasher and flies (green has been a good color) are both working.

Canandaigua Lake

Weed mats are also making trolling difficult this week on this lake as well. Overall, fishing remains slow but a few lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 50 to 80 feet down over 80 to 200 foot of water. Like the other Finger Lakes, anglers are using a variety of methods to get baits down. A good starting point has been 150 feet for wire and divers and 250 feet for copper.

Keuka Lake

Fishing has been slow but anglers trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 foot of water are getting some lake trout. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Jigging has also been slow, with fish being marked in 100 to 120 foot of water, but they are being tight lipped.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Bass are still biting well for anglers fishing along the weed edges with a variety of baits. Fishing topwaters above the vegetation is also working.

Wayne County Fishing Report

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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 73 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 77

Seneca Lake Temperature - 71 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 70

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 65

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of August 29, 2014

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