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Central New York Fishing Hotline

May 17 - May 24

For those interested, there are also other fishing hotline/reports available for the region. A few of the web sites are: Wayne County Tourism, Visit Oswego County, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (leaves DEC website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st to March 30th, so starting on April 1, 2019 the guide you want to be using is the 2019-20 Official guide which has a picture of a mother and daughter holding a nice steelhead on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Trout season kicked off on April 1st and for more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout, for places to go view Public Fishing Rights, and for anticipated stocking numbers view Trout Stocking.

As of Friday, May 17th the following waters will have been stocked with trout.

Broome County - Oquaga Creek (April 16), Finch Hollow Site 1(aka Overbrook, April 11), Greenwood Lake (April 10), Little Choconut 2E (April 11), Nanticoke 7a (April 11), Nanticoke Lake (April 10), Palmers Pond (April 9), Paterson Pond #1 (April 11), Arctic Lake (April 9), Chenango Lake (May 3, April 12 and March 27), Dudley Creek (March 26), East Br. Nanticoke Creek (May 8, April 17 and March 26), and Nanticoke Creek (May 8, April 17 and March 26).

Cayuga County - Owasco Outlet (May 3), North Brook (April 19), Salmon Creek (April 11), Owasco Inlet (April 10), and Fall Creek ( May 9 and April 3).

Chenango County - Bowman Lake (April 15), Jeffrey Pond (April 15), Guilford Lake (April 12), Mill Brook Reservoir (April 11), Genegantslet Creek (April 2), and the Otselic River (May 8 and April 1).

Cortland County - East Branch Tioughnioga River( May 17, April 29 and April 16,) West Branch Tioughnioga River (May 17, April 29 and April 16), Casterline Pond (April 12 and April 11), Pharsalia Y Pond (April 15), Little York Lake (April 11), Durkee Park Pond (April 15 and April 11), and the Otselic River (May 8 and April 1).

Madison County - Upper Lelands Pond ( May 8), Beaver Creek (April 8), Canaseraga Creek (May 9 and April 8), Canastota Creek (April 8), Cowaselon Creek (April 8), Eaton Brook Reservoir (April 11), Lebanon Reservoir (April 11), Old Chenango Canal (April 8), Payne Brook (April 8), Stone Mill Brook (April 8), T32 of E. Br. Tioughnioga River (April 8), Chenango River (May 9 and April 4), Chittenango Creek (May 9 and April 3), Oneida Creek (April 1), Otselic River (May 8 and April 1) and the Sangerfield River (May 9 and March 29).

Onondaga County - is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and the stocking list can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com under Stocking Report (leaves DEC website).

Oswego County - North Branch Salmon River (May 7), Salmon River (May 7 and April 16), Black Creek (April 12), Rice Creek (April 12) and W. Br. Fish Creek (April 12).

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek (April 17), Cayuta Creek (May 7 and April 16), Owego Creek (May 9, April 19 and March 26), West Br. Owego Creek (May 9, April 19 and March 26), and East Br. Owego Creek (May 8, April 18 and March 25).

Tompkins County - Virgil Creek (April 9), Enfield Creek (April 4), Enfield Ck. T4 (April 4), Buttermilk Creek (March 27), Sixmile Creek (March 27), Fall Creek (April 8 and March 25), and Salmon Creek (May 8, April 8 and March 25).

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake (April 26 and April 5), Park Station Pond (April 5), Cayuta Creek (April 23 and March 20), Post Creek (March 18), Sing Sing Creek (March 18), and Newtown Creek (March 18).

Schuyler County - Potomoc Pond (May 3), Fostor Pond (May 3), Ballard Pond (May 3), Cayuta Creek (April 22 and March 19).

Steuben County - Canisteo River (May 7 and April 3), Bennett Creek (April 3, ) Canaseraga Creek (April 24 and April 2), Meads Creek (March 29), Cohocton River (April 24, March 21 and 22), and Post Creek (March 18).

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

No Information to report this week as most waters are running high at the moment from recent rain events. Use caution if venturing out as there is debris floating around on most waters, and be mindful of your boat wake as to not cause property damage. There are boating advisories for the bays and shoreline of Lake Ontario. For information on these please view the county sheriffs office web pages for Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties.

Lake Ontario and Bays

With the high water levels there are no wake zones for many Lake Ontario shorelines and bays please view the county sheriffs web pages for Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties.

Oswego River

The flow is up from last week and its running at 21,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of May 17.

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 river is currently running at 2,200 cfs as of May 17.

Water flow information by Brookfield Renewable Energy for the Salmon River can be found at the Brookfield Renewable website (Leaves DEC website).

Seneca Lake

The following launch site update was copied from the Sampson State Park page (leaves DEC website), please view that State Parks website for more information. "PARK IMPROVEMENTS! The much-needed Sampson Marina rehab construction project for this spring will unfortunately delay the marina and boat launch opening for 2019. As of March, the anticipated opening is mid-June."

Oneida, Canandaigua, Keuka, Cayuga, Skaneateles, Owasco, and Otisco Lakes, Sandy Pond, Whitney Point Reservoir, the Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No Information to report this week as most waters are running high at the moment from recent rain events. Use caution if venturing out as there is debris floating around on most waters, and be mindful of your boat wake as to not cause damage to any property.

Warm water (bass, pike, etc.) angler diary cooperators are needed for Seneca, Keuka, Canandaigua, Hemlock and Canadice Lakes. If interested please contact Region 8 Fisheries at fwfish8@dec.ny.gov or by calling 585-226-5343.

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@dec.ny.gov.

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.