Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 23 – 30, 2019: Free Fishing, Great Salmon Fishing, and More

The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 23 through August 30, 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. In the west end, fish are in 200 to 300 feet of water down 90 to 150 feet. On the east end, it’s 200 to 300 feet of water down 90 to 100 feet. Spoons, flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all working.

Cayuga Lake

The Bassmaster Elite Tournament will take place August 22-25, 2019 at Frontenac Park in Union Springs. Expect increased boat traffic during this time. Find more details at https://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/coast-coast-2019-elite-series

Water fleas are being a nuisance 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 65 to 150 feet of water by vertical jigging. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo’s are working.

Owasco Lake

Water fleas are being a nuisance 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

Trolling 50 feet down with small spoons is working for Trout. These Trout are feeding on young of the year Perch. 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!