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Mid-October 2013

Lake Ontario - The lake fishing report is pretty much done with for the season.

Oswego River - The river is down from last week and is flowing at approximately 5,060 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 10/18. Salmon are still being caught throughout the river and more steelhead and brown trout are showing up. Good baits are egg imitating flies, beads and plastics, and also egg sacs or skein. 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 river is running at 335cfs as of 10/18. Most of the salmon action is now in the upper river. Many of the salmon are still actively spawning in the riffle areas. After spawning, Pacific salmon (Chinook and coho) die, so each day there will be fewer and fewer of them in the river. More steelhead and brown trout are being caught in the lower river and this fish will also be working their way into the upper river. Good baits have been beads, egg sacs, egg imitating flies and various streamers.

Sandy Pond - Fishing is generally slow on the pond this time of year. So, no new information to report and will probably remain so until we get ice.

Oneida Lake - Yellow perch are still being found in 10-20 feet of water with minnows, worms and small jigs working. The shore walleye bite has started to pick up and fish are being caught by shore anglers casting stickbaits just before and after dark. With cooler weather this bite should continue to improve.

Cayuga Lake - No new information and no word on any brown trout or Atlantic salmon activity in the tributaries yet. Vertical jigging had been working for lake trout with fish being found in 85-95 foot of water. Trolling down 60-90 feet over 100-160 foot of water with spoons or flasher and flies was also producing some lake trout. Yellow perch are being caught in the north end on small minnows.

Otisco Lake - Largemouth bass are hitting on stickworms and swimbaits cast near shore and also on outside weed edges. Bass are also hitting creature baits (Zoom brush hogs, beaver style baits, etc.) flipped or pitched into weed beds on the north end. A few bonus tiger musky are also hitting on these creature baits fished in the weeds. Also, try swimbaits and stickbaits around the edges for the tigers. No word on the nighttime shore walleye bite.

Owasco Lake - Yellow perch are hitting minnows on the north end of the lake. Lake trout are also being taken on the north end by vertical jigging or trolling. Smallmouth bass are hitting crayfish or drop-shot rigs fished in 25-30 foot of water.

Skaneateles Lake - Yellow perch are starting to hit on minnows fished in 30 foot of water. Smallmouth bass are still being taken on tube jigs, stick worms (Senko style baits) and drop-shot rigs in 10-35 feet of water. No word on the shore rainbow trout bite yet, typically in fall anglers start getting rainbows on the marshmallow and worm rigs. We may need some colder weather for that bite to start.

Whitney Point Reservoir - Walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass are hitting on crankbaits fished in 5-10 foot of water. Some large yellow perch are being taken.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers - Bass and walleye fishing has been very good on the rivers and fish are hitting a variety of baits. Try crankbaits, tube jigs, bucktail jigs or stickbaits.

Seneca Lake - Lake trout are being taken 50-80 feet down over 115-130 foot of water on spoons and flasher and flies. Yellow perch are hitting on small minnows.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Bass fishing has slowed, but fishing spinnerbait in 15-20 foot of water has been working. Though fewer bass are being caught, the ones being caught have been nice sized. Some northern pike are also starting to hit in the bays. Yellow perch are being found in 30 foot of water in Sodus, and are hitting on minnows.

Keuka Lake - Anglers vertical jigging around the Bluff are still catching lake trout on plastics in 100-115 foot of water. Trolling spoons 110 feet down over165 foot of water is also working for lake trout.

Canandaigua Lake - Some lake trout are being taken 60-90 feet down over 150-250 foot of water on spoons and flasher and flies. Rainbows are being found 45-60 feet down over 140-150 foot of water.

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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