Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 2 – 9, 2019

The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 2 through August 9, 2019 at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html

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

Fish for free on Lake Ontario now through Labor Day, September 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM!

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1 to March 31. The 2019-2020 Official Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/fishguide.pdf

Region 7:

Lake Ontario and Bays

With the high-water levels there are no wake zones for many Lake Ontario shorelines and bays. For information on these, please view the County Sheriff’s website at https://www.cayugacounty.us/155/Sheriffs-Office.  For information on Lake Ontario Boat Launch Sites please view at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/117169.html.

Salmon fishing continues to be good for anglers who have been able to get out. In the west end, fish are in 120 to 200 feet of water down 60 to 90 feet. On the east end, it’s 100 to 300 feet of water down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons are still working and so are flashers and flies as well as cut-bait (meat rigs). 

Cayuga Lake

Water fleas are being a nuisance at this time on Cayuga Lake for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes helps, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. An algal bloom is also taking place on this lake.

Lake Trout are being taken in 60 to 150 feet of water by trolling or vertical jigging.

Owasco Lake

Water fleas are being a nuisance at this time on Owasco Lake for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes helps, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass are biting in 10 to 40 feet of water on wacky drop-shot rigs, Ned-rigs, and tube jigs.

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