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!