Cayuga County Fishing Report for May 11-18, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for May 11 through 18, 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:

Trout season kicked off on April 1st and for more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout and for places to go check out our Public Fishing Rights Brochures.

A few sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday, May 11th. These Cayuga County streams and lakes are: Owasco Outlet (May 4), North Brook (April 11) and Fall Creek (May 3 and April 4).

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing has been good on the big lake and they are being taken by trolling with stick baits or small spoons in shallow water. Fishing off colored water, if you can find it, has been good. Some spring Kings are also being taken and lake trout are being found in 120 feet of water.

Cayuga Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. Brown trout and Atlantic salmon fishing has really started to improve on the south end for anglers trolling with stick baits or small spoons. Keep an eye out for debris when trolling. Lake trout are being taken in 120 to 150 feet of water.

Skaneateles Lake

The launch has opened and one dock is in. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows.

Owasco Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link above). There are likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as the cold spring prolonged spawning. No word on the lake fishery at this time.

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