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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 walleye bite.

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 water.

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

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 - 62.6 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 74

Seneca Lake Temperature - 63 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 60

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 57

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of October 6, 2014

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