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OUR UPDATED REPORTS
Mid July 2014
Fishing has become more consistent in the last few weeks with water
temperatures becoming a "little" more stable. Look for salmon in 150 to
200 feet of water. Fishing spoons or flasher and flies (green has been a
good color) 90 feet down has been a good starting point. Lake trout are
being found near bottom with cowbells and peanuts (small flies or
plugs) working well.
The river is down and is flowing at approximately 3,370 cubic feet
per second (cfs) as of 7/18. This flow makes the river easier for shore
anglers than the flows we have been dealing with the past few weeks.
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 750cfs but it will be dropping back to 185cfs
soon. These high flows sometimes trigger Skamania strain steelhead and
Atlantic salmon to enter the river. Otherwise fishing is slow on the
river at this time.
The walleye bite continues with fish being taken in 30 to 40 feet of
water with stickbaits, blade baits (gold or fire tiger), or buck tail
jigs tipped with night crawlers is producing walleye. 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 bony, 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. Some
largemouth bass are being taken around the weeds on spinnerbaits or
Jigging is producing some lake trout in 110 foot of water. It varies
by day on whether plastics or spoons are working better, so give both a
try. Some lake trout are also being taken by anglers trolling spoons or
flasher and flies 60 to 80 feet down over 90 to 110 feet of water. 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 topwaters and drop-shot rigs working.
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 40 to 60 feet down over
200 feet of water for anglers trolling with small spoons working well.
Bass fishing has slowed down some, but still look for smallmouths near
the bank or slightly off it. Good baits to try would be topwaters and
stick worms (some examples are Senkos, Stik-O's and Yum Dingers). If
that doesn't work try moving deeper with drop-shot rigs, tube jigs or
Fleas and weeds are starting to make trolling more difficult. Anglers
trolling 40 to 80 feet down over 150 to 250 feet of water are getting
some lake trout. Vertical jigging is also producing fish in 65 to 90
feet of water and is a good option if fleas and weeds become too much of
Fishing has slowed on the pond but a few northern pike are still being taken on spoons or minnows and bobbers.
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 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 copper. Trolling 50 to 80 foot down over 90 to
120 feet of water has been working for lake trout. Vertical jigging is
also a good alternative to trolling if fleas or weeds become an issue;
lake trout are being taken in 60 to 100 feet of water on plastics.
Overall, fishing has been slow recently but some lake trout are being
taken by anglers trolling spoons 65 to 85 feet down over 200 feet of
water. Water fleas are making trolling difficult on the lake though. It
may be a good time to try vertical jigging instead.
Trolling down 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. Jigging was producing fish in 110 to 120 feet of water around the
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 - 78 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 78
Seneca Lake Temperature - 68 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 70
Lake Ontario Temperature - 65
All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of July 21, 2014
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