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OUR UPDATED REPORTS
Mid to Late September 2014
Lake Ontario -
Salmon are still spread out and are being taken in 80 to 200 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; with green and white being good colors. Things
can change quickly this time of year when fish decide to head to the
tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not marking
- The river has been fluctuating over the last few days but is flowing
at approximately 1,350 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 9/18. There are
some salmon coming into the river. Try egg sacs, egg imitating plastics
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 350cfs. There are reports of good numbers of
salmon being spotted in the estuary but so far no big runs have made it
into the river. There are a few fish moving into the river each day
though and there are some fish being taken as far up as the Lower Fly.
As mentioned above things can change quickly this time of year and this
early season salmon fishing is really hit-or-miss. So, If not seeing
fish cover water looking for them. Just a reminder that the Lower Fly
Section opened on September 15th.
- We continue to be stuck in the same general pattern, with walleye
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.
With the cooler temperatures it shouldn't be long before the shore
walleye bite starts to pick-up. Casting stickbaits from shore just
before and after dark can often be very good in the fall on this lake.
Bass fishing has been hot-or-cold depending on the day and they are
being taken both shallow and deep. 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. YOY gizzard shad are running small this year so
it may pay to down size your baits. Yellow perch action is starting to
pick up on the lake as well.
- 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.
Like mentioned for Oneida, these cooler temperatures may help start the
nighttime shore walleye bite here as well.
Whitney Point Reservoir
- Smallmouth bass fishing has been good along shore with stick worms,
crankbaits, jigs and crayfish all working. Some nice white crappie have
also been caught recently.
- Trolling spoons or flasher and flies 50 to 70 feet down over 100 to
160 foot of water is still working for lake trout and the occasional
rainbow trout. Both the north and south ends have been producing fish.
Smallmouth bass and rock bass are still being taken on drop-shot rigs
and tube baits in 10 to 30 foot of water.
Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers
- Some walleye are being taken on brown colored jigs fished near bottom and also on stickbaits.
- Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good with fish being found
shallower then they have been, with 10 to 20 foot being a good depth
range to try. Good baits are drop-shot rigs and tube jigs. Rock bass are
also hitting well for anglers targetting smallmouths. Yellow perch are
being found in 25 foot of water with small minnows working. Have not
heard any reports on the trout fishing lately. If anyone would like to
contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.
- 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. Keep an eye out for weed
mats, as they are still creating head-aches for anglers trolling.
Largemouth bass are being found around the lake along outside weed
edges, with bass jigs or plastics working well.
- Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult.
- 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
- Trolling spoons 45 to 60 feet down is producing some lake trout and
an occasional rainbow trout. Fleas are still making trolling difficult
on this 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
Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Bass are still biting well for anglers fishing along the weed edges
and shore line. Stick worms (Senko's, Stik-o's, etc.) have been working
really well as have bass jigs. No word on the perch fishing yet.
Wayne County Fishing Report
- Lake Ontario- Some
kings have entered Maxwell Creek; however you can still fish the lake for
salmon. They have been in 100 feet of water. The last few days have been rough;
however the lake is flat as a pancake today. While waiting for the autumn run
you can easily cast into the channels at Port and Sodus Bays. Some big kings
come out of the water from pier fishing. Use braided line and a nice stiff rod
and cast “Cleos” out in the channel. Sounds simple, but this has work for
- Bays- The summer
crowd is now pulling their boats for the season and you have all the bays to
yourself. The perch are in at Port Bay. You should fish the north end or launch
a boat and concentrate along the points. Use spikes and small jigs. Largemouth
bass are being caught in Sodus Bay. The big bay has plenty of access points and
with over 2,000 acres of water you can fish any where you want. Check out the
rest of the Wayne County Tourism web page for the locations and hours of local
bait and tackle shops. www.waynecountytourism.com
- Erie Canal- Canal
fishing has been excellent for just about anything. The bass range in the three
to five pound class.
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 - N/A || Keuka Lake Temperature - 76
Seneca Lake Temperature - 67 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 64
Temperature - 63
All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of September 19, 2014
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