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Central New York Fishing Hotline

October 24 - October 31

Very little new information to report this week and this trend will continue. The strong winds over the last few weeks 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.

Also, just a reminder that from November 1st - May 1st, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Lake report is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river is down from last week and is flowing at 2,730 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 10/23.Fishing picked up with the cooler weather and salmon and steelhead are being taken throughout the river. Try egg sacs, skein, and 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 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. Steelhead fishing has been very good in the lower and mid-section of the river, while salmon are being taken in the mid-to-upper sections of the river. Good baits for the steelhead and salmon have been streamers and egg imitating flies and plastics. Egg sacs have also been working well for the steelhead.

Oneida Lake

Once again strong winds along with the rain over the weekend made getting out on the lake difficult. The shore walleye bite continues to improve though. Casting stickbaits (minnow imitating plugs like Rapala's or Thunderstiks) or crankbaits (Shad Raps) just before and after dark is producing some good catches of walleye. When anglers can get their boats out, yellow perch fishing continues to be good in the 12 to 15 foot depth range with minnows working.

Otisco Lake

The lake is still down some, so use caution when boating. Tiger musky are still being taken around the lake with spinnerbaits, swimbaits or large minnows working.

Skaneateles Lake

Yellow perch are hitting small minnows fished in 15 to 25 foot of water. A few rainbows are starting to hit for anglers fishing from shore with the marshmellow worm rig.

Owasco Lake

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

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Smallmouth bass and walleye are still hitting on crankbaits. A few muskellunge are also hitting on the Chenango for anglers using crankbaits or spinnerbaiits.

Cayuga Lake

Trolling 70 to 90 feet down with spoons or flasher and flies is still producing some lake trout. No word on the tributary fishing but some rain is needed to bring the flows up to spur some fish to run.

Whitney Point Reservoir and Sandy Pond

Few anglers have been out so no new information to report this week. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 link below.

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. Salmon are being taken in the Genesee River and also around the mouth of Maxwell Creek. Rain is still needed to bring the other streams up to get the tributary fishing going.

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 in 85 to 105 foot of water.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Yellow perch action has been good in the bays, when it hasn't been too windy, with small minnows working well.

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@dec.ny.gov. 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@dec.ny.gov. Good luck fishing.

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