Cayuga County Fishing Report for July 3 – 12, 2019

The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for July 3 through July 12, 2019 at

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

Due to lake Ontario’s high-water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information please view the North Sandy Pond press release.

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 (

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1 to March 31. The 2019-2020 Official guide has a picture of a mother and daughter holding a nice steelhead on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Region 7: The Fourth of July is a very big boating weekend, so expect more traffic on the water and at launch sites. Little things that can help at launch sites are to practice backing your boat trailer up at home or in an empty parking lot before heading to the crowded launch site. The other is to make sure your boat will start if you haven’t had it out yet by seeing if it starts in your driveway. You can do this by using a set of muffs that provide water for your water pump intake. A little patience can also go a long way to making everyone’s day a little better under crowded conditions. Use caution if venturing out as there is debris floating around on most waters and be mindful of your boat wake as to not cause property damage.

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  For information on Lake Ontario Boat Launch Sites please view at  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 80 to 200 feet of water down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons are still working and so are flashers and flies at times.

Cayuga 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.

Owasco Lake

No Information to report this week as most waters are running high from recent rain events.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass are biting along the shore on wacky rigged stick worms, neg-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!