Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 14 – 21, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 14 through 21, 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:

Lake Ontario

Weather conditions have made fishing a little more difficult but when anglers can get out, Salmon are being found in 80 to 200 feet of water and are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons.

Cayuga Lake

Little has changed, and Lake Trout are being taken in 80 to 110 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing in the 150- to 200- foot range and fishing 70 to 90 feet down. Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them if trolling. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times.

The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October.

Skaneateles Lake

Trolling 60 feet down with small spoons is producing some Trout action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out, so keep covering water until you find them. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 15 to 30 feet water was working for Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass.

Owasco Lake

Lake Trout are being taken in 75 to 90 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging. Trolling 70 feet down over 100 to 120 feet of water is also working for Lake Trout and a few Rainbow Trout are being taken. Water fleas have been a nuisance here at times as well for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them.

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