Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 1-8, 2017

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 1 through 8 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the region, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (; Oswego County (; and Wayne County ( Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well.

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.

Labor Day weekend is typically a very busy boating weekend so be prepared to deal with longer lines at launch sites. A little courtesy can go a long ways to making everyone’s day more enjoyable.

Region 7:

Lake Ontario
Salmon are being found in 100 to150 foot of water, though some are still being taken in water as deep as 400 feet. Chinook salmon fishing continues to be very good with flasher and flies producing the most action at this time, but cut-bait is also working. J-plugs usually become productive as we get into September, but so far that hasn’t seemed to be the case. Green and white continue to be good colors. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs.

Cayuga Lake

Fleas and weed mats can still be in an issue at times when trolling, so be prepared to deal with them. Sometimes using a heavier pound monofilament helps to avoid some of the fleas, as does trolling with lines that don’t run straight “up and down”, as lines fished off downriggers do. Instead try trolling with wire and Dipsey’s, or copper. Vertical jigging is also another option if fleas get too bad. Anglers continue to have good luck catching lake trout either trolling or vertical jigging. Trolling 60 to 90 feet down has been a good starting point as has vertical jigging in 85 to 105 feet of water.

Skaneateles Lake

Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 foot of water with small spoons is still working for lake trout and an occasional rainbow trout. Look for smallmouth bass in 15 to 35 feet of water on perch colored Rapalas, tube baits, drop-shots, topwaters, and wacky rigged stickworms (Senko style baits). Rock bass should be biting in the same areas and on the same baits.

Owasco Lake

Weed mats and fleas have been an issue at times for anglers trolling so be prepared to deal with them (see Cayuga Lake above for tips on fleas). Lake trout are being taken 80 to 100 foot down on spoons or flasher and flies. A few rainbow trout are also being caught 40 to 60 feet down on small spoons over the same depths.

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