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Seneca River

The Seneca River is a large river that begins as the outflow of Seneca Lake (Seneca County) and flows eastward for approximately 61 miles to Three-Rivers (Onondaga County) where it combines with the Oneida and Oswego Rivers, with the Oswego River then emptying into Lake Ontario. The Barge Canal, Erie Canal and Cayuga-Seneca Canal systems are all part of the Seneca River.

Public Access Sites

On Bonta Bridge Road, 2 miles east of the village of Weedsport. Hand launch. 10 cars and trailers.
On Route 38 approximately 3 miles north of the village of Port Byron. Gravel ramp. 15 cars and trailers.
In the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Area off Route 20, on the Barge Canal just south of Freebridge in the town of Tyre. Hard surface ramp. 25 cars and trailers.

General Fishing Information

Main gamefish found in the river are walleye, tiger musky, northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass. Panfish found in the river are black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, white perch and brown bullhead. Other popular fish found in the river are channel catfish, carp and sheephead (freshwater drum). The Seneca River has become a popular fishing location for bass and carp tournament anglers.

Fisheries Management

Overview map of Seneca River Water Bodies
Click on thumbnail to access a large map
in PDF (156 Kb)

The Cayuga County section of the Seneca River is stocked annually with approximately 7,600 tiger musky and Cross Lake (Onondaga County) is stocked with 33,500 walleye and 7,200 tiger musky. Due to the large number of locks and dams found on the Seneca River and the water bodies associated with it, some water bodies have been combined. Water body definitions can be found under Water Body in the freshwater Fishing Guide. A printable PDF overview map can also be viewed by clicking on the map to the left. Personally collected baitfish may not be transported between these water bodies.

Special regulations exist so please review the Special Regulations by County section of your fishing guide.