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Central New York Fishing Hotline

October 2 - October 9

A number of County web sites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web page as well.

Though we are experiencing some very nice weather, and there is still plenty of good fishing ahead, fishing reports are beginning to become more difficult to get. This trend will continue, especially with bow season starting.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Chinook salmon are still staging off river mouths and are being caught in 30 to 100 foot of water. Trolling 10 to 40 feet down with cut-bait, j-plugs, spoons and flashers and flies are all working depending on the day. Green and white continue to be good colors to start with. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

Oswego River

The river has really risen with recent rains and is up to 9,080 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 10/02. This higher flow coupled with the cool weather should help bring some more fish in. Look for salmon up by the dam with egg sacs or egg imitating plastics working.

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 flow is at 350 cfs. Some salmon continue to trickle into the river, a good run of coho's entered the river over the last couple of days. The mid and upper river areas have been seeing the most action the last few days. But this has also been changing depending on where most of the fish are being spotted. So, if not catching or seeing fish it may pay to move up or down the river. For information on fishing for pacific salmon please view Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Oneida Lake

Fishing continues to be slow on the lake, which may be due to the young of the year gizzard shad finally getting big enough for the walleye to start feeding on, and the fact that round gobies are also becoming more abundant. There is a bunch of forage available for the walleye and bass right now, which can make them harder to catch. Though a few walleye are starting to be caught by shore anglers, some colder temperatures are needed to get the fall walleye bite going.

Skaneateles Lake

Anglers fishing from 10 to 35 foot of water are still getting smallmouth bass with tube jigs and drop-shot rigs. Trout are being taken 50 to 60 feet down over 120 to 200 foot of water on small spoons.

Sandy Pond

No new information and most likely nothing to report till ice fishing.

Otisco Lake

The lake is currently down a couple feet so use caution when boating near shore. Largemouth bass are hitting south of the narrows around the big weed beds. Try tube baits or creature baits in the weeds and spinnerbaits or chatterbaits over them. Tiger musky are still being caught by anglers fishing in 5 to 10 foot of water casting spinnerbaits, large in-line spinners or chatterbaits. Some cooler temperatures are needed to get the fall walleye bite going.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout fishing continues to be good for both anglers trolling and vertical jigging. Trolling 80 to 110 feet down in 100 to 150 foot of water, with spoons or flasher and flies continues to work for the lake trout. Vertical jigging with plastics in 75 to 115 feet of water also continues to work well.

Owasco Lake

Lake trout are being taken by anglers vertical jigging in 55 to 105 foot of water in the north end of the lake, and also by anglers trolling spoons or flasher and flies 70 feet down over 100 to 135 foot of water. A few rainbow trout are also being taken by anglers trolling; water fleas are becoming a nuisance so be prepared to deal with them if trolling.

Whitney Point Reservoir

For walleye, try jigging a bucktail jig tipped with nightcrawler or trolling worm harnesses in the old river channel. Look for bass along shore with crankbaits or tube jigs.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Look for walleye in the deeper holes with crankbaits or jigs and try tube jigs for the bass. Usually darker or more natural color lures work best. If looking for musky try large stickbaits, spinnerbaits or large minnows. If a musky follows but doesn't hit try some of the suggestions mentioned above for tiger musky.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

Chinook salmon are being found in 90 to 100 foot of water. Cut-bait, j-plugs , spoon, and flashers and flies are all working depending on the day with green and white being good colors. Brown trout are being found in 20 to 50 foot of water and lake trout are hitting near bottom in 90 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

Overall fishing has been slow but anglers are reporting marking a lot of bait. Lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling 80 to 120 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of water. Vertical jigging is producing lake trout in 75 to 110 feet of water.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bay

Anglers continue to catch bass in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, topwaters and plastics. A few walleye are being taken after dark on jigs by the mouth of Sodus Bay.

Keuka Lake

Trolling spoons or flasher and flies, down 60 to 135 feet over 80 to 170 foot of water is working for lake trout.

Canandaigua Lake

Fishing continues to be slow but some lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling 55 to 90 feet down over 100 to 125 foot of water.

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.