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Early April 2016

 Cayuga Lake - Anglers are getting some brown trout and Atlantics fishing stickbaits near the surface. There have been numerous reports of both the browns and Atlantics feeding on gobies. It may also pay to try tube baits or other methods of bottom fishing that imitate gobies. Lake trout are being found in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers jigging and trolling. Yellow perch are being caught on the north end. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset from April 1 through May 15. Please view Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations.

Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes - No new information to report. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset from April 1 through May 15.

Lake Ontario - Though it was another windy week, when anglers were actually able to get on the lake they are getting some nice brown trout. Fishing in 10 to 20 foot of water with stickbaits or spoons has been working. When anglers can get out on the lake they are getting some nice brown trout in 10 to 20 foot of water. Both stickbaits and spoons are working. There are good numbers of white suckers being seen in the tributaries. There are still some steelhead spawning though, with Maxwell Creek producing the most action. Try egg sacs or orange glo bugs with a red spot.

Oneida Lake - The walleye egg take is taking place at the Oneida Fish Hatchery in Constantia. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Strong winds have made fishing difficult this week, but when anglers can get out they are getting yellow perch in the bays. The docks at the South Shore Launch are now in.

Oswego River - The river is down from last week and is currently at 3,390 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 4/01. Anglers are getting some brown trout and steelhead with egg sacs, beads, pink trout worms or jigs. A few bullhead are being taken around Wright's Landing on night crawlers or minnows. 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.

Owasco Lake - Anglers are getting some yellow perch on the north end. Lake trout are being found in 100 to 150 foot of water. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset from April 1 through May 15

Salmon River - The river is down from last week, and is at 500 cfs, as of 4/01. Most of the activity is still taking place in the upper river. Reports of anglers getting spent fish have been coming in, so spawning is taking place in the riffle areas. Often these "drop-back" fish are very hungry from the rigors of spawning and can offer some exciting action when they hit a bait. For steelhead try salmon egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh, pink trout worms, single egg pattern flies, or a good old night crawler often works well this time of year as well. Bottom bouncing or float fishing all these baits has been working depending on the day. The Upper Fly Section is open from April 1st to November 30th.

Sandy Pond, Otisco Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers - No new fishing information to report this week, and remember walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky season closed on March 15th.

Seneca Lake - Atlantic salmon are being taken by anglers trolling near the surface over 100 foot of water. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset from April 1 through May 15

Skaneateles Lake - The state launch is open and the docks are in. Shore anglers are getting some rainbow trout using the marshmallow and worm rig. Yellow perch are being caught on the north end on minnows. A reminder that on Finger Lakes tributaries fishing is from sunrise to sunset from April 1 through May 15.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bay - Anglers are getting some yellow perch in the bays, a few bullheads are also starting to be caught. Anglers casting spoons from the pier at Sodus were getting some steelhead and brown trout.


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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 39 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 45

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All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of April 4, 2016


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