Central New York Fishing Hotline
March 7 - March 14
Tip of the week: This is the last week of walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky season. So, now is a good time to go if you haven't been, or a good chance to get a few last minute trips in. The season runs through March 15; it will re-open on May 3rd.
Ice thickness information is obtained from reports; we do not go out and check ice thickness. Remember ice thickness can vary greatly, even on the same water, so use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out. Some safety measures to follow are: use a spud and check ice thickness as you venture out, fish with a buddy, and bring a rope and ice-picks.
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.
The lake fishing report is over for the season.
The river is down from last week and is flowing at approximately 6,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 3/07. Once again the cold temperatures have made fishing difficult over the last week on the river, so no new information. With temperatures predicted to become more "seasonal" this weekend, hopefully activity will pick up and there will be some new information to report next week.
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.
The river is down from last week and is flowing at 285 cfs as of 3/07. Conditions were hard again this week with the cold temperatures. As mentioned above, the next few days will be more seasonable so conditions should be improving. Anglers fishing the deeper pools from Pineville to Altmar are still getting into steelhead. If float fishing or bottom bouncing, try egg sacs with blue, pink, white or chartreuse mesh or pink trout worms. Fly anglers have been using nymphs or single egg patterns.
Fishing has been a little harder over the last week, but anglers moving around and drilling lots of holes are getting some nice perch. Drilling lots of holes isn't easy though, with 18-20 (or more) inches of ice being reported. Perch are being caught shallower in 6-14 foot of water. Big Bay is still producing bluegills and pumpkinseeds, anglers need to sort through many small fish to get some keepers though. The walleye bite has been hard over the last few weeks so no new information.
There is 20+ inches of ice being reported on the pond. Perch fishing has been good on the pond and anglers using small minnows or jigs tipped with spikes are catching them. Anglers still need to sort through numbers of small ones to get keepers though. Pike are being taken on large minnows fished under tip-ups. Some black crappie are starting to be caught on jigs tipped with minnows or spikes, or just on minnows.
Whitney Point Reservoir
There is 12+inches of ice on the reservoir and some walleye are being taken north of the Islands.
There is 12-16 inches of ice being reported on the north end. Nothing new since last week. Bluegill and pumpkinseeds are still being taken, but few "keeper" size fish are being caught.
Anglers are fishing the north end with 8-10 inches of ice being reported, but as always use caution as ice thickness varies greatly in this area. The ice is also very slick so wear cleats or Korkers. Yellow perch and "lots of" pickerel are being taken on small minnows. Some anglers are also fishing the south end with 6 inches of ice being reported and getting some yellow perch there as well. Anglers fishing from shore around Taughannock are getting a few browns and Atlantics. Milleken Station has also been good for brown trout, with minnows working well.
Ice reports range from 8 to 14 inches and the ice surface is very slick, so wear cleats or Korkers. Anglers fishing the north and south ends and are getting yellow perch and some northern pike. Perch are being taken on small minnows in 20 to 60 feet of water. Lake trout are being taken around Ensenore Point on minnows and tip-ups or try jigging with spoons or plastics. This is mainly deep water fishing, 150 or more feet so make sure you have a lot of line on your spools.
The entire lake is frozen over which is extremely rare for Skaneateles Lake. Anglers are fishing both the north and south ends with 8-14 inches of ice being reported. Lake trout are being taken in 30-60 foot of water on both ends, along with some yellow perch.
Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers
No fishing information to report.
Eastern Region 8
The cold weather and snow has made fishing the smaller tributaries extremely difficult again this week, so no new information this week.
The cold and windy conditions continue to make getting a boat out difficult, but some anglers going out of Severne in boats are getting perch in 20-30 foot of water.
Perch fishing remains slow but anglers moving around and trying different baits are getting some. Small jigs tipped with spikes have been working, as have small minnows. Some northern pike are also being taken on minnows.
There is 10-12 inches of ice being reported. Perch fishing continues to be slow on the bay, with lots of bait being marked.
There are anglers fishing the north ends of both branches. Ice thickness varies but 8 to 12 inches is being reported. Anglers fishing for perch are getting fish on small jigs tipped with spikes or minnows fished in 10-15 foot of water. Those targeting lake trout are fishing deeper water, 100 to 165 feet, and using jigging spoons like Swedish pimples or minnows fished off tip-ups. Some anglers are fishing open water on the south end, and they are catching lake trout casting large spoons.
Anglers are fishing the north and south ends with 10 to 12 inches of ice being reported. Yellow perch are being taken on small minnows. Lake trout are being taken jigging in deep water, 100 to 160 feet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck fishing.
The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.