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Late July 2014

Lake Ontario

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 River

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.

Salmon River

The current flow is 185cfs. Fishing is slow on the river at this time, which is usual for this time of year.

Oneida Lake

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.

Otisco Lake

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 or plastics.

Owasco Lake

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 rigs working.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Walleye action has been good around the islands for anglers drifting with worms or minnows.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

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.

Skaneateles Lake

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.

Cayuga Lake

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.

Sandy Pond

Fishing has slowed on the pond as vegetation has made fishing more difficult. There are still a few northern pike being and largemouth bass being caught.

Lake Ontario

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.

Seneca Lake

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 issue.

Canandaigua Lake

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.

Keuka Lake

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.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Bass are being taken on the outside weed edges with spinnerbaits, stick worms (some examples are Senkos, Stik-O's, and Yum Dingers) and a variety of plastics.

Wayne County Fishing Report

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 - 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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