Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 22-29, 2017

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 22 through 29 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

September 23, 2017 has been designated as a free fishing day. Anyone can fish in the freshwaters of NY on that day and no license is required, making it the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

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.

Region 7:

Lake Ontario

Salmon are still being found in 50 to 100 feet of water. Chinook salmon fishing continues to be good on the lake with flasher and flies or cut-bait producing the most action, with some fish being taken on J-plugs. Try for smallmouth bass in 20 to 30 feet of water with crayfish, tube jigs or drop-shot rigs.

Cayuga Lake

Fleas have been a little more of a nuisance again this week. So, be prepared to deal with them, just in case you run into 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 with flasher and flies or spoons, 70 to 90 feet down over 150 to 200 feet of water has been a good starting point, as has vertical jigging with plastics in 85 to 100 feet of water.

Skaneateles Lake

Trolling 40 to 60 feet down over 60 to 150 feet of water with small spoons is still working very well 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

Like on Cayuga Lake, fleas have been a nuisance at times, so be prepared to deal with them just in case (see Cayuga Lake above for tips on fleas). Lake trout are being taken 80 to 100 feet 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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