New York Fishing Report: August 2010

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Lake Ontario
Brown trout fishing slowed a little last week, but fish are still being caught in 90 to 130 feet of water with spoons working well both off down riggers and Dipsey divers. Dream Weaver and Michigan Stingers in green and yellow shades are working well. The chinook salmon fishing has picked up some with fish being taken 100 to 140 feet down over 180 to 270 feet of water. Salmon are hitting the same spoons as the brown trout and also on green and white E-chip flashers and Atomik flies. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around Mexico Bay with jig heads and twister tails working.

Oswego River
Sheephead (freshwater drum) continue to hit crayfish and catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cut-bait. Bass are biting on minnows and crankbaits.

Salmon River
There continues to be a few brown trout and Atlantic salmon being taken in the river.

Oneida Lake
Walleye fishing continues to be better early in the day for anglers trolling with stickbaits or worm harnesses. The deeper water between Buoy 117 to 121 has been good. Smallmouth bass fishing has been hot or cold depending on the day. Fishing around structure with Senkos and a wide variety of other plastic baits are getting some fish. When birds are found diving on schools of baitfish, the smallmouth bass are actively feeding underneath them. Tossing topwater baits and a wide variety of plastic baits is working. Largemouth bass are hitting creature baits fished in and around the deep weed edges.

Sodus Bay
Largemouth bass are hitting on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and rubber worms fished in the deeper water.

Sandy Pond
There has been some largemouth bass and northern pike action along the outside weed edges. Spinnerbaits, rubber worms and crankbaits are working.

Cayuga Lake
Water fleas have died down and are less of a nuisance, but weed mats are still making trolling difficult on the lake. The thermocline is around 65 to 80 feet. Lake trout are being caught in 65 to 110 feet of water by anglers vertical jigging with plastics. They are also being taken 75 to 110 feet down over 180 to 210 feet trolling with flasher & flies or spoons. White or white & green are working well. Some nice brown trout are also being taken down 50 to 65 feet or mixed in with the lake trout.

Owasco Lake
Anglers trolling 50 to 70 feet down with spoons or flasher & fly rigs are still catching some lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. Anglers are also catching a few lake trout vertical jigging. Though overall, lake trout fishing has been slow. Smallmouth bass are hitting in 10 to 20 feet of water on drop-shot rigs with Berkley Gulp baits. Good colors have been smelt imitating colors and green pumpkins. Look for schools of bait and fish around them for the bass.

Skaneateles Lake
Trolling 25 to 30 feet down with glow spoons is producing some rainbows and 50 to 60 feet down is working for lake trout. Anglers fishing near shore with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs, white Mr. Twisters and night crawlers and are still catching smallmouth bass.

Otisco Lake
Tiger muskie fishing is really starting to pick up with tigers being caught on almost anything from nightcrawlers to swim baits. Smallmouth bass are being taken in 15 to 25 feet of water on drop-shot rigs with darker colored baits working well. Largemouth bass can be found on the outside weed edges. A few walleye are being taken by anglers trolling 35 feet down with stickbaits.

Seneca Lake
Atlantic salmon are hitting Big Weenie flies down 55 feet over very deep water, like 500 feet of water. Lake trout are being taken 75 to 120 feet down by anglers trolling spoons and flasher & fly rigs. Vertical jigging has been producing fish at 75 to 90 feet with chartreuse and white plastics. A few northern pike are being taken off the pier. Anglers looking for large holes in weedbeds and fishing with crayfish are catching perch. They’re not getting a lot of them, but the ones they are getting are big.

St. Lawrence River

Try fishing for smallmouth bass about 35 to 45 feet down, using crayfish or worms. A number of nice northern pike are being caught along weedbed lines, at about 20 feet. Try using minnows or worms. Some nice jack perch are also being caught up in Mud Bay.

Whitney Point Reservoir
Walleye fishing has slowed but some fish are being taken in the deeper water on worm harnesses and jigs tipped with night crawlers.