The soaking rain continues in the region and Oneida Lake is very high with a record low high-temperature yesterday. Still cool and rainy today before things clear for tomorrow. Thursday is projected to be much warmer but very breezy.
Due to the extended rainfall, the shore bite has been slow except for the canal. Fish being taken off the wall on black and gold sonars along with jigs tipped with minnows. With all the rain, the fish are being pushed out which has led to a nice bite in the canal. The bite over the weekend was solid in the 23-33 foot range dependent upon finding warm pockets of water, look for this over the coming days. The coming jump in temperature should help you locate more walleye. Jigging raps and bucktails are working on the days where people can actually get out into the lake, with darker colored sonars the go-to lure. The bite is super light when using sonars so don’t jig them hard, almost swim them along the bottom instead of ripping them. Black and gold has been steady so far this season due to a lot of overcast days. With the darker skies, the darker lures are producing, switch back to the brighter colors as the sun eventually comes back. Natural colors have been much hotter this year than brighter colors. The occasional silver and whites have worked well even though it’s not typical with the dark water from all this rain.