Cayuga County Fishing Report for October 26 – November 9, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for October 26 through November 9, 2018 at

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

As a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed soon or may have been removed already. So, please plan accordingly. Some DEC docks that have been removed as of 10/26 are: Port Byron, Sandy Pond, and Redfield Reservoir.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater’s Guide (link leaves DEC’s website).

Free fishing day on November 11, 2018! Anglers are reminded that in celebration of Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018 residents and non-residents can enjoy a day of freshwater fishing in New York without the requirement for a fishing license. Fall is a great time to fish and there’s no better place to do it than the State of New York. Learn more about Free Fishing Days in New York at

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

The lake fishing is done for the season.

Cayuga Lake

Lake Trout are being taken in deep water from 120 feet and out by anglers’ vertical jigging. Some Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout are being caught in the tributaries. This bite is often dependent on rain events occurring to raise the water level in some of the streams.

The Mud Lock boat launch is closed due to construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue until late October.

Owasco Lake

Lake Trout are being taken in 65 to 90 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging.

Skaneateles Lake

As of 10/26 the docks are still in the water. No word on the shore Rainbow Trout bite at this time. Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass and some Yellow Perch are being taken in 20 to 30 feet of water on drop-shot baits.

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