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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-21-2019, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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So I am taking a trip this fall to the finger lakes region, and I was wondering if anyone on here has any insight on fishing the tributaries for Salmon and Brown Trout. I feel like I have a done all of the online research I can do, but I still have some questions. I'm going to ask a lot, but any help at all would be much appreciated. I also want to mention that I am by no means looking for anyone's secret spot or anything. I like to do my own exploring. I will be up there hoping to fish some of the fall runs for Salmon and Brown Trout. So far it looks like the Ithaca area on Cayuga would be my best bet. I was also thinking about taking a day to go up to Oswago Lake as well. Every fall I go to Lake Erie in PA for the Steelhead runs, but I just want to do something different this year. I am just going to list a few questions below, and feel free to send a message to me if you would rather not post on here.



-When is prime for the run? I was thinking about going in either late October or Early November.

-How crowded does it get?

-I've researched the major tributaries that fish will run up, but will they run in some of the smaller streams as well? Like I said, I like doing some exploring.

-I also read that Lake Trout may find their way into the tribs, any truth to this? Also, how is the shore fishing for Lakers around the same time.

-How are the Brown Trout runs? I would love to hook into some big browns.

-Lastly, how is the shoreline access on Cayuga?
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I love the finger lakes and never thought of fishing the fall runs. Personally, I would make the trip a few more hours and fish lake ontario tribs. You will get salmon, steelhead, and big ole browns. As for shoreline access around cayuga seems to be limited to the state or local parks. Ithaca is a crowded busy town. I'll be up there camping over the holiday weekend and keep my eye out for anything interesting in regard to access.
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I love the finger lakes and never thought of fishing the fall runs. Personally, I would make the trip a few more hours and fish lake ontario tribs. You will get salmon, steelhead, and big ole browns. As for shoreline access around cayuga seems to be limited to the state or local parks. Ithaca is a crowded busy town. I'll be up there camping over the holiday weekend and keep my eye out for anything interesting in regard to access.
I'm sure the fishing would be a lot better up in the ontario tribs, but a few friends are going with me. They are more set on the Finger Lakes for things other than fishing. I, however, am all in on the fishing haha. I will be on Ontario in fall of 2020, so I guess I will just have to wait. Ithaca seems like a pretty cool town, so I believe that is where we will be staying.
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I'm sure the fishing would be a lot better up in the ontario tribs, but a few friends are going with me. They are more set on the Finger Lakes for things other than fishing. I, however, am all in on the fishing haha. I will be on Ontario in fall of 2020, so I guess I will just have to wait. Ithaca seems like a pretty cool town, so I believe that is where we will be staying.
Fair enough. I hope you have a good time. Ithaca is a cool town. Busier than I like but I still a very cool town. We usually stay in campgrounds near Cayuga lake just north of Ithaca.

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Fair enough. I hope you have a good time. Ithaca is a cool town. Busier than I like but I still a very cool town. We usually stay in campgrounds near Cayuga lake just north of Ithaca.
Thank you! And yeah I'm not in love with huge towns, but from what I hear there is some cool stuff around. The waterfalls are worth checking out I hear. I'll most likely post my results on here.
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The Farmers market is worth checking out. All stuff source from the local area. Boat docks on Cayuga, music and awesome food.
When I go up I'm always duck hunting or touring the wineries. Never fished it. North end of Cauyga is more shallow with lots of Hydrilla.
If I were shore fishing for trout I'd try Taughannock Falls State Park first.
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The Farmers market is worth checking out. All stuff source from the local area. Boat docks on Cayuga, music and awesome food.
When I go up I'm always duck hunting or touring the wineries. Never fished it. North end of Cauyga is more shallow with lots of Hydrilla.
If I were shore fishing for trout I'd try Taughannock Falls State Park first.
Thanks for the reply! I was looking at the state park for sure. Looks like the Southern end of the lake would be my best bet. Looking forward to it!
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what area do they consider the finger lakes .only been in the southern tier between Wellsville and corning a few times passing thru. thanks for any info
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Cayuga, Seneca,Keyuka, Canandaigua, Consensus and Honeoye are the main ones but there are 11 total. They kinda look like fingers on a map, Hence the name.
Beautiful Country. Lots of Mennonite and Amish moved up there. The community around Keyuka seems like you are driving through Lancaster County. Martins Chair Shop, Weavers hardware, Brubakers Bake shop Burkholders .....etc.
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thanks for the info
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