Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 24 – 31, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 24 through 31, 2018 at

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

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 (; and Wayne County ( Though Onondaga County doesn’t have a weekly fishing report, their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (

Region 7:

Lake Ontario

Salmon are still scattered as the cold water keeps getting blown around and fish are spread out from 150 to 500 feet of water. When found, they are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons with green being a good color choice. Anglers have been fishing those baits off down-riggers, wire and divers, and copper line. Brown Trout are being taken in 60 to 100 feet of water on spoons. Smallmouth Bass are being taken around Mexico Point on crayfish.

Cayuga Lake

Watch out for debris on the lake after the heavy rains that occurred in August. Lake Trout are being taken in 75 to 90 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing in the 150- to 200- foot range and fishing 50 to 80 feet down. Water fleas have been an issue at times, so be prepared to deal with them if trolling. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times. Look for Largemouth Bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or top-waters.

Skaneateles Lake

Trolling 60 feet down with small spoons is producing some Trout action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) Yellow Perch which have spread out, so keep covering water until you find them.

On the south end of the lake the thermocline was reported to be at about 75 feet last week. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 15 to 30 feet of water was working for Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass.

Owasco Lake

Lake Trout are being taken in 80 to 90 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging. Trolling 70 feet down over 100 to 120 feet of water is also working for Lake Trout and a few Rainbow Trout are being taken. Water fleas are occasionally a nuisance here for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them.

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