The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for July 12 through July 19, 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
Lake Ontario and Bays
With the high-water levels there are no wake zones for many Lake Ontario shorelines and bays. There are boating advisories for the bays and shoreline of Lake Ontario. 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 has been good for anglers who have been able to get out. In the west end, fish are in 150 to 200 feet of water down 40 to 80 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 at times.
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. An algal bloom is also taking place on this lake.
Look for Largemouth Bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Some Smallmouth Bass are still spawning along shore in the mid-lake area. Lake Trout are being taken in 50 to 150 feet of water by trolling or vertical jigging.
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.
Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass are biting along the shore on wacky rigged stick worms, Ned-rigs, and tube jigs. Some Brown Drakes have been hatching on the lake so it may be a good time to break out the fly rod.
Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at www.tourcayuga.com!