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Early November

November 11th has been designated as a Free Fishing Day. On that day, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required! It's a perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

As mentioned in previous weeks, reports are getting harder to come by as anglers put down their fishing gear and begin heading to the woods. This trend will continue through the fall/early winter until ice fishing begins. So, there will likely be little new fishing information in coming weeks.

Also, as a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So, please plan accordingly. Some DEC docks that have been removed are; Port Byron and Mud Lock (Seneca River), Bonstead Road (Oneida River), and South Shore (Oneida Lake).

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

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide. A link can be found in the right hand column under Links Leaving the DEC Website.

Cayuga Lake - Last week's heavy rain should have helped to bring some brown trout and Atlantic salmon into the tributaries. Egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are usually good bait choices. Please review the Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations before heading to the streams.

Chemung River - An angler was nice enough to send in some Chemung River fishing information a two  - weeks ago, so we will be re-posting it again this week. With the low water levels wading has been a better option than fishing from a boat (that has likely changed after last weekend's rain). The section between Waverly and Elmira has been good early in the morning. A mixed bag of smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish are being taken on stickworms (Senko style baits) or spinners. White has been a good color for the stickworms and black/silver or perch colored for the spinners. With the low/clear water light line is recommended, 4 to 6 pound test and the real early morning bite has been best with action slowing down by 8:00 AM.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers - Last week's rain helped to bring the water level up. When the river clears, try fishing with tube jigs or stickbaits (like Rapala Husky jerks) in the deeper holes for some nice sized smallmouth bass. For the tubes natural colors often work best and for the stickbaits the flashier the bait the better. Minnows are also working for the smallmouth bass. A number of muskies were tagged on the Chenango and Susquehanna with gray Floy tags (looks like a piece of spaghetti) placed by the dorsal fin. If you catch one of these tagged fish, please Do Not remove the tag if releasing the musky. Please, write down the tag number and report the tag number, date of catch, location, and length to 607-753-3095. If keeping the musky please report the same information.

Lake Ontario - Last week's rain helped to get some salmon and a few brown trout into the streams. Egg sacs or egg imitating plastics are good choices. Casting spoons off from piers is still working for trout.

Oneida Lake - The Lewis Point fishing access location is now open for the season. The South Shore Launch docks have been removed. The strong winds and heavy rains over last weekend made fishing very difficult, so no new information to report. Before the rain and wind: yellow perch fishing was picking up with fish being taken on small minnows or jigs in 5 to 10 foot of water. The fall walleye bite hasn't really kicked in yet, though anglers are starting to get a few. With the rain and cooler temperatures we've had, action could be improving in a hurry. Casting stickbaits (minnow imitating lures) from shore, just before and after dark can often be a great way to catch walleye this time of year on Oneida.

Oswego River - Last week's major rain event really brought the river up. It has been dropping, but as of 10/27 it is still flowing at 10,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). With the very high water over the weekend fishing was impossible. So no new information to report. Before the raise in the water level anglers were catching salmon by the dam and off the wall. Egg imitating flies and plastics were working, as was skein (salmon eggs still attached to the membrane). Fishing skein under a slip bobber was also starting to produce a few steelhead. These methods should work when the river gets back to a fishable level. Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism web site for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Otisco Lake - Last week's rain should have helped to bring the lake level up "some". But, it's still way lower than normal, so use caution when boating. As everywhere else, last weekend's weather made fishing very difficult so no new information. Before the rain and windy weekend: tiger musky fishing had been good for anglers casting swimbaits, chatterbaits, swim jigs and spinnerbaits.

Owasco Lake - Last week's major rain event should have helped to bring some brown trout, and maybe some rainbow trout, into the Inlet. Egg sacs or egg imitating flies and plastics are usually good bait choices. Please review the Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations before heading to the streams.

Salmon River - The Lower Fly Section Opened on Friday, October 21st. The river is flowing at 500 cfs as of 10/27. There are still plenty of Chinook and coho salmon to be found in the river, with most of the activity taking place in the upper stretches. Steelhead are starting to show up in the lower river. The Chinook and coho egg collection is now complete at the hatchery. Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Sandy Pond - No new information to report.

Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes - No new information.

Skaneateles Lake - No new information to report. The docks at the launch site will be coming out sometime during the week of 11/7 to 11/11.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Some largemouth bass, yellow perch and a few northern pike are still being taken in the bays.

Whitney Point Reservoir - Our fall walleye assessment electrofishing survey turned up some nice legal length walleye and a few nice largemouth bass. It may pay to try casting stickbaits along the shore early and late in the day. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 email link below.

November 11th has been designated as a Free Fishing Day. On that day, anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required! It's a perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing.

Weather Forecasts

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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - 55 || Keuka Lake Temperature - 69

Seneca Lake Temperature - N/A || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 52

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 56 || Lake Erie - 57

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of November 1, 2016

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