Cayuga County Fishing Report for October 27 – November 10, 2017

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for October 27 through November 10 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

Reports will be harder to come by because many anglers have pulled their boats for the season, so there will likely be few changes to the report in the coming weeks. 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 (

Veterans Day, November 11, has been designated as a Free Fishing Day. Anyone can fish the freshwater of the state and no license is required that day. As no license is required, it’s a great time to take a friend or family member fishing.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard any pleasure vessel less than 21 feet long must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater’s Guide. Also, as a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So, please plan accordingly.

April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Region 7:

Lake Ontario

The lake fishing is done for the season, most of the activity is now taking place in the tributaries.

Cayuga Lake

Significant rain fall is predicted for the weekend and rain events often help to draw spawning brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. With the number of large salmon caught in the lake this summer it may be a very interesting fall salmon run. Lake trout fishing has slowed down over the last few weeks, but some are still being taken by vertical jigging in 85 to 90 feet of water or trolling 40 to 50 feet down over 100 to 150 feet of water.

Skaneateles Lake

Lake trout fishing has slowed down. Fish are being marked but have been hard to catch, which isn’t uncommon during spawning time. No word on the yellow perch bite or the shore rainbow trout bite.

Owasco Lake

Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, though success has been very sporadic due to variable temperatures.

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