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Central New York Fishing Hotline

April 20 - April 27

Remember that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide. A link can be found in the right hand column under Links Leaving the DEC Website.

Also a reminder that there other fishing hotline/reports available for the area. A few of the web sites are: waynecountytourism, visitoswegocounty, and oneidalakefishingreport.

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st to March 30th. The 2018-19 Official guide has a picture of an angler holding a giant smallmouth bass on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Region 7

Trout season kicked off on April 1st and for more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout and for places to go check out our Public Fishing Rights Brochures.

A few sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday April 20th. These streams and lakes are;

Broome County - Oquaga Creek (April 9), Chenango Lake (March 30), Dudley Creek (March 28), East Branch Nanticoke Creek (April 13 and March 28), and Nanticoke Creek (April 13 and March 28).

Cayuga County - North Brook (April 11) and Fall Creek (April 4).

Chenango County - Bowman Lake (April 18), Guilford Lake (April 18), Jeffrey Pond (April 18), Mill Brook Reservoir (April 18), Pharsalia Y Pond (April 18), Genegatslet Creek (April 3) and the Otselic River (April 3).

Cortland County - Casterline Pond (April 5), Durkee Park Pond (April 5), Merril Creek (April 5), East Br. Tioughnioga River (April 5), West Br. Tioughnioga River (April 5), and the Otselic River (April 3).

Madison County - Eaton Brook Reservoir (April 17), Lebanon Reservoir (April 17), Beaver Creek (April 10), Canaseraga Creek (April 10), Cowaselon Creek (April 10), Payne Brook (April 10), T32 of Limestone Creek (April 10), Limestone Creek (April 10), Old Chenanago Canal (April 10),Chenango River ( April 5), Chittenango Creek (April 5), Oneida Creek (April 4), and Sangerfield River (April 2).

Onondaga County - is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and a stocking list can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com. As of April 13th the following waters had been stocked: Butternut Creek, Carpenter's Brook, Fabius Brook, Furnace Brook, Geddes Brook, Green Lake, Limestone Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, West Br. Onondaga Creek, Pools Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Spafford Brook, and Tannery Creek.

Oswego County - Black Creek ( April 6), Rice Creek (April 6) and West Br. of Fish Creek (April 6).

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek (April 13), Cayuta Creek (April 10), West Branch Owego Creek (April 12 and March 28), Owego Creek (April 12 and March 28) and the East Branch of Owego Creek (April 11 and March 27).

Tompkins County - Enfield Creek (April 11), Trib. 4 Enfield Creek (April 11), Virgil Creek (April 11), Salmon Creek (March 27) , Fall Creek (March 27) and Buttermilk Creek (March 26).

Lake Ontario

With the recent howling winds getting out on the lake has been very difficult. On the few "nice" days that anglers have been able to make it out, they are getting brown trout trolling with stickbaits or small spoons in shallow water.

Oswego River

The river is down a little from last week and is running at 10,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 4/20. This flow still makes fishing from shore difficult, with the exception of maybe behind the Hotels.

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 about the same as last week and is at 1,500 cfs as of 4/20. Steelhead are being taken on egg sacs and egg imitating flies with the upper river producing the most action. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Cayuga Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide. There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. Brown trout and Atlantic salmon fishing has started to improve on the south end for anglers trolling with stickbaits or small spoons. With warmer temperatures in the forecast this bite should be steadily improving.

Skaneateles Lake

The launch is open and one dock is in. Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link is above). There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. Anglers getting out on the lake are catching yellow perch on small minnows.

Owasco Lake

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link above). There is likely still rainbow trout in the tributaries as this cold spring has prolonged spawning. No word on the lake fishery at this time.

Otisco Lake

Just a reminder that walleye and tiger musky season closed on March 15th. It reopens again on May 5th. No fishing information to report at this time and will likely not be any till walleye and tiger musky season starts.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, tiger musky and chain pickerel season closed on March 15th. It reopens again on May 5th. There was still a lot of ice floating around on the east end of the lake a week ago, so no new information to report. The walleye egg take should be completed by April 20th at the Oneida Fish Hatchery, Constantia. Though completed, there will still be walleye to see in the hatchery for the weekend and they are open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00PM.

Whitney Point Reservoir and Sandy Pond

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, tiger musky and chain pickerel season closed on March 15th. It reopens again on May 5th. There is no information to report this week for either water.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, tiger musky and chain pickerel season closed on March 15th. It reopens again on May 5th. There is no information to report this week as the rivers are high again and will likely not be any reports till walleye season opens.

Eastern Region 8

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 518-226-5343.

A few sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday April 20th. These streams and lakes are;

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake (April 6), Park Station Pond (Apil 6), Wyncoop Creek ( March 21), Cayuta Creek (March 21), Newton Creek (March 19), Sing Sing Creek (March 19), and Post Creek (March 19).

Steuben County - Cayuta Creek (April 4), Canisteo River (April 3), Canaseraga Creek (April 2), Meads Creek (March 29), Cohocton River (March 22 and 23), and Post Creek ( March 19).

Schuyler County - Cayuta Creek (March 20).

Lake Ontario

Steelhead are still being taken in many of the tributaries with egg sacs or beads working. When the weather cooperates and anglers can get out on the lake they are getting brown trout in 10 to 20 foot of water with stickbaits and small spoons working.

Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes

Tributary fishing began on April 1st so please review the Finger Lakes and Tributary Regulations section of your guide (link above). With the cold spring there should still be rainbows spawning in the tributaries. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshop, etc.), please use the fwfish7 link below.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

The wind has made even getting out on the bays difficult, but when anglers can get out in boats they have been getting some yellow perch and black crappies. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshop, etc.), please use the fwfish7 link below.

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.