The Cayuga County fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 27 – October 4, 2019 at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html
Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.
The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1 to March 31. The 2019-2020 Official Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/fish_marine_pdf/fishguide.pdf
September 28th is National Hunting and Fishing Day.
Lake Ontario and Bays
Lake fishing for Trout and Salmon is winding down, which is normal for this time of year. Salmon are around river mouths so fishing from piers can be good at times. Smallmouth Bass fishing usually continues to be good into the fall in the lake and around the bays. Largemouth Bass and some Yellow Perch are being taken in the bays.
Water fleas are a nuisance for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes helps, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Weed matts can also be a nuisance while trolling this time of year. Lake Trout are being taken in 85 to 150 feet of water vertical jigging and 85 to 100 feet down over 120 to 300+ feet of water for anglers trolling. Flashers and flies, and cowbells with spin-n-glo’s are working.
Water fleas are a nuisance for anglers while trolling, so be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes helps, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. Anglers vertical jigging are having some luck with Lake Trout.
Trolling 25 to 50 feet down with small spoons is working for Trout and Salmon. These fish are feeding on young of the year Yellow Perch, so keep moving around until you mark these schools of small perch. Most of the action has been north of Lourdes Camp but the Perch fry are spread out across the lake over a variety of depths. Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass are biting in 20 to 40 feet of water on drop-shot rigs, Ned-rigs and tube jigs.
Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at www.tourcayuga.com!