Cayuga County Fishing Report for August 30 – September 6, 2019: Scattered Salmon, Cooler Water, and More

The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for August 30 – September 6, 2019 at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html

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

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.

As the cold water has been blown around, Salmon are now scattered with fish being taken from 100 to 500 feet of water fishing 45 to 130 feet down. When fish are found, Salmon fishing continues to be good. Basically, it’s a cover water until you mark bait and fish. Spoons, flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs) are all still working.

Cayuga Lake

Water fleas are 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. Lake Trout are being taken in 85 to 150 feet of water vertical jigging and 85 to 100 feet down over 120 to 300+ feet of water for anglers trolling. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo’s are working.

Owasco Lake

Water fleas are a nuisance for anglers while 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 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for Trout and Salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year Yellow Perch, so keep moving around until you mark these schools of small perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the Perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Smallmouth bass and rock bass are biting in 20 to 40 feet of water on 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!