Cayuga County

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  1. Cayuga County Fishing Report for October 6 - 20, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for October 6 through October 20 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. Reports will be harder to come by because many anglers have pulled their boats for the season, so there will likely be few changes to the report in coming weeks. Oswego and Wayne Counties have weekly fishing hotlines on their web sites as well and would be another good option for fishing reports; Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Though Onondaga County doesn't have a weekly fishing report, their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (fishonondagacounty.com). April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Region 7: Lake Ontario There are still Salmon being taken from the lake, look in 50 to 100 feet of water. Most of the activity is now taking place in the rivers, though with both Chinook salmon and cohos being caught. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Cayuga Lake With the continued warm weather, fleas are still being a nuisance at times. So, be prepared to deal with them, just in case you run into them. Sometimes using a heavier pound monofilament helps to avoid some of the fleas, as does trolling with lines that don't run straight "up and down," as lines fished off downriggers do. Instead, try trolling with wire and Dipsey's, or copper. Vertical jigging is also another option if fleas get too bad. Lake trout fishing has slowed down in the last week but some are still being taken by vertical jigging in 85 to 90 feet of water. Trolling 70 to 90 feet down over 150 to 200 feet of water has also been working. Skaneateles Lake Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 feet of water with small spoons is still working very well for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. Look for smallmouth bass in 15 to 35 feet of water on perch colored Rapalas, tube baits, drop-shots, topwaters, and wacky rigged stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Owasco Lake Like Cayuga, fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared to deal with them just in case (see Cayuga Lake above for tips on fleas). Lake trout are being taken 80 to 100 feet down on spoons or flasher and flies. A few rainbow trout are also being caught 40 to 60 feet down on small spoons over the same depths. Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at www.tourcayuga.com!
  2. Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 22-29, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 22 through 29 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. September 23, 2017 has been designated as a free fishing day. Anyone can fish in the freshwaters of NY on that day and no license is required, making it the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page, as well. April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Region 7: Lake Ontario Salmon are still being found in 50 to 100 feet of water. Chinook salmon fishing continues to be good on the lake with flasher and flies or cut-bait producing the most action, with some fish being taken on J-plugs. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  3. Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 1-8, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 1 through 8 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well. April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Labor Day weekend is typically a very busy boating weekend so be prepared to deal with longer lines at launch sites. A little courtesy can go a long ways to making everyone's day more enjoyable. Region 7: Lake Ontario Salmon are being found in 100 to150 foot of water, though some are still being taken in water as deep as 400 feet. Chinook salmon fishing continues to be very good with flasher and flies producing the most action at this time, but cut-bait is also working. J-plugs usually become productive as we get into September, but so far that hasn't seemed to be the case. Green and white continue to be good colors. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. To see the rest of this report, please visit www.ILoveNYFishing.com!
  4. Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 25 - September 1, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 25 through September 1 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well. April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Region 7: Lake Ontario Strong winds during the week have made getting out difficult at times. Salmon are moving shallower and are being found in 100 to 150 feet of water. Chinook salmon fishing continues to be very good with flasher and flies producing the most action, but cut-bait is also working. J-plugs usually become productive as we get closer to September as well. Green and white continue to be good colors. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. To see the rest of this report click here to visit ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 11-18, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 11 through 18, 2017 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well. April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Region 7: Lake Ontario The strong winds we had last weekend "scattered" the salmon around and they are being found in 150 to 650 feet of water. Basically, keep covering water till you mark fish. When found, the Chinook salmon fishing continues to be very good with cut-bait, and flasher and flies producing the most action. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. To view the rest of this report, click here to visit www.ILoveNYFishing.com
  6. Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 4 - 11, 2017 The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 4 through 11 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. Please visit that site for more information or to follow links. A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well. April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Region 7: Lake Ontario Chinook salmon fishing continues to be very good with fish being found in 150 to 450 feet of water. Down depth varies but 60 to 90 feet down has been a good starting point. Cut-bait, spoons and flasher and flies are still working and green continues to be a good color. Try for smallmouth bass in 10 to 20 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs. Cayuga Lake VHS was confirmed on some round gobies collected on Cayuga Lake in early May. For more information on this please view the Press Release. Keep an eye out for weed mats and other debris, as they have been an issue for some anglers when trolling. Fleas have also been a nuisance for some anglers when trolling. Sometimes using a heavier pound monofilament helps to avoid some of the fleas, as does trolling with lines that don't run straight "up and down", as lines fished off downriggers do. Instead try trolling with wire and dipseys, or copper. Vertical jigging is also another option if fleas get too bad. Anglers continue to have good luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 80 feet down over 90 to 120 foot of water has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 65 to 95 feet. Skaneateles Lake Trolling 40 to 50 feet down over 60 to 80 foot of water with small spoons is working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. Look for smallmouth bass in 10 to 20 feet of water on perch colored Rapalas, tube baits, drop-shots, topwaters, and wacky rigged stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits. Owasco Lake Weed mats and fleas are making trolling difficult at times. See Cayuga Lake above for tips on fleas. Lake trout are being taken 50 to 60 feet down on spoons or flasher and flies. A few rainbow trout are also being caught at that depth. Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at www.tourcayuga.com!