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Central New York Fishing Hotline

October 17 - October 24

Very little new information to report this week and this trend will probably continue. The strong winds over the last week coupled with more anglers starting to pull their boats out for the winter, add in many anglers heading out hunting and new reports will become harder and harder to come by.

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.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Lake report is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river is flowing at 7,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 10/17. Fishing has been more difficult over the last week with the warm sunny days, coupled with low water conditions over the weekend. The rain this week did help to bring the water level back up and with cooler conditions expected salmon fishing should improve. Salmon are being taken on egg sacs, skein, egg imitating plastics and flies.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit the Oswego County Tourism web-site for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Salmon River

The current flow is 350cfs. A good run of steelhead entered the lower river earlier in the week, while another big pod of salmon ran the river on Thursday morning. Salmon are being taken throughout the river at this time with egg imitating flies and plastics, and streamers working. Most of the steelhead action is taking place in the lower and mid-river areas with egg sacs working well.

Oneida Lake

The strong winds made fishing difficult this week, but the shore walleye bite continues to improve. Casting stickbaits (minnow imitating plugs like Rapala's or Thunderstiks) or crankbaits (Shad Raps) just before and after dark is producing walleye. Yellow perch fishing has been good in the 12 to 15 foot depth range with minnows working. The Lewis Point Fishing Access Site opened on October 15th.

Otisco Lake

The lake is down some, so use caution when boating. Tiger musky are hitting on spinnerbaits or swimbaits cast along the shoreline or weed edges.

Whitney Point Reservoir and Sandy Pond

No new information. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.

Skaneateles Lake

Yellow perch are hitting small minnows fished in 15 to 25 foot of water.

Owasco Lake

Anglers jigging are getting some lake trout with both spoons and plastics working.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Smallmouth bass and walleye are hitting on crankbaits, while channel catfish are biting on jig and minnows fished in the deeper holes. A few muskellunge are also hitting on the Chenango for anglers using crankbaits or spinnerbaiits.

Cayuga Lake

Trolling is producing lake trout with flasher and flies, and spoons working well. Trolling 70 to 90 feet down has been a good starting point.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

The lake report is pretty much done for the season. Some salmon are still being taken by anglers casting spoons off piers though. Some rain is needed to bring the streams up so salmon can enter them. There are some salmon being taken in the Genesee River and around the mouth Maxwell Creek.

Seneca Lake

Lake trout are being taken 50 to 85 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of water.

Canandaigua Lake

No new information.

Keuka Lake

Jigging is producing lake trout around the Bluff area.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Yellow perch action has started to pick-up in the bays.

Note: We are always looking for new participants in our Angler Diary Cooperator Program for our program on the Finger Lakes. Our numbers have dropped in recent years, and we need new cooperators now more than ever. If you fish Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Lake or any of their tributaries and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us. If you fish Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake or Seneca Lake and want to learn more about this program and how to sign up, please contact the Region 8 Fisheries office at (585) 226-5343, or on-line at fwfish8@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

If you would like to contribute to the fishing report, or need more fishing information, or have any fishing/fishing equipment related questions, you can contact fwfish7@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Good luck fishing.

The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.