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Mid July 2014

Lake Ontario

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.

Oswego River

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.

Salmon River

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.

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), 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.

Otisco Lake

Fishing has slowed down on the lake over the last few weeks. Some largemouth bass are being taken around the weeds on spinnerbaits or plastics.

Owasco Lake

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.

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 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 crayfish.

Cayuga Lake

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 a hassle.

Sandy Pond

Fishing has slowed on the pond but a few northern pike are still being taken on spoons or minnows and bobbers.

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 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.

Canandaigua Lake

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.

Keuka Lake

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 Bluff area.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

For bass, start shallow and work out towards the outside weed edges. Try spinnerbaits, stick worms (some examples are Senkos, Stik-O's, and Yum Dingers). Rock bass are biting on worms in the shallows and a few walleye are being taken around the islands on Sodus.

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 - 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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