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Late May 2016 

Canandaigua Lake - Trolling near bottom in 125 to 200 foot of water is producing some lake trout. Browns are being taken on stickbaits and spoons trolled near the surface on the south end. Yellow perch fishing has been good on the north end with fathead minnows and small jigs working.

Cayuga Lake - Trolling stickbaits near the surface is still producing some brown trout and Atlantic salmon early in the morning. Lake trout are being found in 100 to 150 foot of water. Yellow perch fishing has been slow but some are being found on the north end with small minnows or jigs working. Pickerel have been biting a variety of baits on the north end.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers - Look for walleye in the deeper pools with jigs or crankbaits. Try cut-bait for catfish.

Keuka Lake - Anglers are getting lake trout trolling 45 to 55 feet down over 150 foot of water. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 email link below.

Lake Ontario - Brown trout are being taken in 10 to 20 foot of water with both stickbaits and spoons working. Getting on the water early has been key. Using side planers is also recommended for these shallow water trout. Lake trout are being found in 100 foot of water near bottom.

Lake Ontario - Brown trout are still being taken in 10 to 25 foot of water on stickbaits or spoons, with the early morning action being the best. Natural colors have been working but so have bright colors, so don't be afraid to experiment. Using side planers is also recommended for these shallow water trout, especially on calm bright days. When the brown trout bite slows try moving out deeper as anglers have been getting some lake trout and Chinook salmon in 100 to 150 foot of water. Spoons in shades of green, or black and silver have been working for the Kings.

Oneida Lake - Walleye fishing has been hot or cold depending on the day. Fish are being taken in both shallow and deep water. Good baits have been stickbaits, blade baits and black/purple bucktail jigs. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds are being taken in the bays on worms. Smallmouth bass are being found in 5 to 10 foot of water on crankbaits. Pickerel are being taken on a variety of baits throughout the shallow water areas. As gobies become more abundant in the lake, it may be necessary to adjust your fishing style to avoid the bait stealing gobies. Sometimes just fishing worms 1.5-2 feet off bottom, instead of right on bottom, can help avoid some of the gobies.

Oswego River - The river is about the same as last week and is currently at 2,580 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 5/20. Walleye fishing has been slow so far. Try using large stickbaits after dark, as that is often a great way to catch walleye in the river. Bullhead are being taken around Wrights Landing. 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 on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Otisco Lake - Anglers taking advantage of the catch and release bass season are getting a few smallmouth bass on football jigs and crankbaits. Bluegills are biting on the north end along shore. For tiger musky try stickbaits, chatterbaits or large spinnerbaits in 5 to 15 foot of water. For walleye try casting stickbaits from the causeway after dark.

Owasco Lake - Look for lake trout in 150 foot of water, and try the north or south ends for yellow perch.

Salmon River - Things are slowing down on the river which is usual for this time of year. A few "drop-backs" are still being taken though. Covering water is often the key to catching steelhead during this late season fishing.

Sandy Pond - A few walleye are being taken on stickbaits or jigs.

Seneca Lake - Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 feet of water. Look for Atlantic salmon near the surface with stickbaits, spoons or streamers. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 email link below.

Skaneateles Lake - A few lake trout, rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon are being taken by anglers trolling. Yellow perch fishing continues to be hit or miss. The water is still really cold on the lake. No word on how the catch and release bass fishing has been.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bay - Fishing was difficult last weekend with the cold and wind so not much to report. With the warm weather this week, hopefully the water will start to warm up and action will increase. Look for yellow perch and black crappies in the bays with small minnows. Try worms for the bullhead and bluegill.

Whitney Point Reservoir - Look for bullhead and catfish on the north end or off Keibel Road, night crawlers are always a good choice. Try minnows or small jigs around woody structure near shore for crappies, and jigs or worm harnesses for walleye around the old river channel.

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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 50 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 62

Seneca Lake Temperature - 53 || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 59

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 55 || Lake Erie - 56

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of May 26, 2016

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