Cayuga County Fishing Report for September 28 – October 5, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for September 28 through October 5, 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

The lake fishing is really slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths or have started entering the rivers. Some are still being taken in 100 feet of water or less on spoons or cut-bait and flashers.

There will be public meetings on the status of Lake Ontario alewife population and changes to 2019 salmon stocking. For meeting dates and location please view Lake Ontario Fisheries Meetings.

Cayuga Lake

Lake Trout are being taken in 75 to 120 feet of water by anglers’ vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are getting fish 60 to 90 feet down. We are getting closer to the Lake Trout spawning time which generally makes them a little harder to catch.

The Mud Lock boat launch is closed due to construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue until 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. Some Smallmouth Bass are hitting near shore in 10 to 20 feet of water.

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