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Ninemile Creek

Ninemile Creek, located in Onondaga County, begins as the outflow of Otisco Lake and flows for approximately 22 miles to Onondaga Lake. There are five miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR) along this medium sized mostly open stream. Ninemile Creek is a very popular trout fishing destination as it supports good numbers of both stocked and wild brown trout, and it's only a short drive from the city of Syracuse.

Public Access

5 Miles of PFR. There are five PFR parking areas and many unofficial pulloffs along the stream.

  • Route 174 parking areas. There are four PFR parking areas along Route 174, all located between the villages of Marcellus and Camillus.
  • Amboy parking area and canoe/kayak launch. A half mile south of Amboy on Tompson Road. Parking for 8 cars.
  • Marcellus County Park. Located off Pratt Road in the village of Marcellus. For directions and hours visit their link under links leaving DEC's website.

Ninemile Creek Public Fishing Rights Brochures (486 kB PDF)

General Fishing Information

The upper section of stream between Otisco Lake and the Village of Marcellus primarily supports warmwater fish like tiger musky, smallmouth bass, and some common carp, but trout are also stocked to support a put-and-take fishery. The tiger musky are escapees from fish stocked in the lake. Both wild and stocked brown trout along with the occasional wild brook trout are found in the middle section of stream from Marcellus to Camillus. This section contains the best trout habitat mainly due to a number of cold water springs in this area, making the water temperature more hospitable for trout. Between Camillus and the end of Ninemile Creek at Onondaga Lake, warmwater fish become more abundant in the stream again, but wild brown trout are still present nearly all the way to the lake.

Most of the fishing pressure takes place during spring and early-summer shortly after the trout are stocked. Anglers use both natural and artificial baits, and fly fishing is also popular on the stream. Wild or holdover trout, which are abundant in the stream, can often be more difficult to catch than the stocked fish. Generally using a more stealthy approach works better for these trout. Some anglers even target large brown trout by fishing after dark when there are fewer anglers and less commotion on the stream. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for more advice on fishing for both wild and stocked trout.

Fisheries Management

The stream is stocked annually by Onondaga County's Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery with around 11,500 one year-old brown trout (8-9"), 4,300 two year-old brown trout (12-14") and 2,280 one year-old brook trout (9-11"). In 2004-2005 a major habitat improvement project was accomplished on Ninemile Creek as a joint effort by NYSDEC Region 7 Fisheries unit, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Town of Marcellus and the Village of Marcellus. A summary of this project can be viewed at Ninemile Creek Electrofishing Survey.

Fishing Regulations

Special fishing regulation exist for trout in Onondaga County, so please review the Special Regulations by County section of your Freshwater Fishing Guide.