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.
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.
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.
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.
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!