Cayuga County Fishing Report for April 27 through May 4, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for April 27 through May 4, 2018 at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html

Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard any pleasure vessel less than 21 feet long must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater’s Guide. A link can be found in the righthand column under ‘Links Leaving DEC’s Website.’

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st to March 30th. The 2018-19 Official guide has a picture of an angler holding a giant smallmouth bass on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations

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).

Region 7:

Trout season kicked off on April 1st and for more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout and for places to go check out our Public Fishing Rights Brochures.

A few sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday, April 20th. These Cayuga County streams and lakes are: North Brook (April 11) and Fall Creek (April 4).

Lake Ontario

On the few “nice” days that anglers have been able to make it out on the lake, they are getting brown trout trolling with stickbaits or small spoons in shallow water. Natural colors seem to be working better at the moment, that may change if we get some off colored water.

Cayuga Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. Brown trout and Atlantic salmon fishing has really started to improve on the south end for anglers trolling with stickbaits or small spoons. Lake trout are being taken in 120 to 150 foot of water.

Skaneateles Lake

The launch is open and one dock is in. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link is above). There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows.

Owasco Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link above). There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. No word on the lake fishery at this time.

Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at www.tourcayuga.com!