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OUR UPDATED REPORTS
Late July 2014
Salmon fishing has been good one day and slow the next. Look for
salmon in 150 to 300 foot of water and from 40 to 110 feet down. Fish
are being taken on spoons, flasher and flies and cut-bait. Green and
white continue to be good colors. Brown trout are being taken on spoons
fished 80 feet down. While lake trout are being found near bottom with
cowbells and peanuts (small flies or plugs) working well.
Oswego Harbor Fest is taking place this weekend (7/25-27) so expect a
lot of boat traffic. The river is down and is flowing at approximately
2,040 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 7/24. Some freshwater drum
(sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass are 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.
The current flow is 185cfs. Fishing is slow on the river at this time, which is usual for this time of year.
The walleye bite continues with fish 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 all producing fish. Some
walleye are also being taken on worm harnesses being trolled along weed
edges. Bass fishing has been good for anglers fishing around the shoals
with drop-shot rigs or tube baits. Chain pickerel fishing continues to
be good on the lake. Though boney, pickerel are good eating and one way
of dealing with the bones is to grind the filets in a food processor and
then make fish patties out of them. The daily limit for pickerel is 5
and minimum length is 15 inches.
Fishing has slowed down on the lake over the last few weeks, but some
largemouth bass are being taken around the weed edges on spinnerbaits
Jigging is still producing lake trout in 90 to 110 feet of water. It
varies by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give
both a try. Lake trout are also being taken by anglers trolling spoons
60 to 80 feet down over 90 to 110 feet of water. A variety of methods
are working to get baits down: wire with divers, copper (300 feet has
been a good starting point) and down riggers. No word on how the water
fleas have been, but it would be a good idea to be prepared to deal with
them. Smallmouth bass are being taken off the points with drop-shot
Walleye action has been good around the islands for anglers drifting with worms or minnows.
Rain events continue to make the river difficult to fish. When
conditions allow, anglers have been getting walleye on crankbaits;
walleye divers have been working well.
Lake trout and rainbow trout are being found 35 to 60 feet down for
anglers trolling with small spoons. Smallmouth bass are being found from
the bank out to 20 feet of water. Good baits to try would be stick
worms (some examples are Senkos, Stik-O's and Yum Dingers), drop-shot
rigs, tube jigs or live crayfish.
Fleas and weed mats seem to be less of a nuisance this week, but it
does vary by day and wind direction. Anglers trolling 40 to 80 feet down
over 150 to 250 feet of water are getting lake trout and a few brown
trout. Darker colored spoons seem to be working better than flasher and
flies lately and anglers are using wire with divers (200 feet back) and
down riggers to get baits down. Vertical jigging is also producing fish
in 75 to 95 foot of water with a variety of plastics working, and is a
good option if fleas and weeds become too much of a hassle. Bass fishing
has been good on the north end for anglers fishing plastics in 15 to 20
feet of water.
Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more
difficult. There are still a few northern pike being and largemouth bass
Trolling spoons or stickbaits real early in the morning in 20 to 30
feet of water is still producing some brown trout. As the day brightens
move to deeper water. Look for salmon 80 to 85 feet down over 100 to 150
feet of water. Spoons, flasher and flies and cut-bait are all working
at this time. Look for lake trout near bottom with spoons or cowbells
and peanuts. Trolling crankbaits in 20 to 30 feet of water is producing a
few smallmouth bass.
Weed mats and water fleas are still making trolling difficult on the
lake. If fishing with a down rigger try using flea flicker line, or use a
Dipsey diver with wire, or try trolling with copper line. Trolling
spoons from 40 to 120 feet down continues to work well for lake trout.
Vertical jigging is also producing lake trout in 85 to 95 feet of water,
and is a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an
Overall, fishing has been slow recently but some lake trout are being
taken by anglers trolling spoons 50 to 85 feet down over 200 feet 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. Fleas and weeds have been less
of a nuisance this week when trolling.
Trolling 60 feet down over 120 to 135 feet of water was working for
lake trout. Flasher and flies, or spoons were both producing fish. Water
fleas have started and can make trolling more difficult. With the fleas
starting it may pay to vertical jig instead or try flea-flicker lines,
wire and divers or troll with copper. Jigging was producing fish in 110
to 120 feet of water around the Bluff area.
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 - 75 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 79
Seneca Lake Temperature - 68 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 68
Lake Ontario Temperature - 66
All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of July 30, 2014
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