D E C banner
D E C banner


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has added a link to a translation service developed by Microsoft Inc., entitled Bing Translator, as a convenience to visitors to the DEC website who speak languages other than English.

Additional information can be found at DEC's Language Assistance Page.

Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 27 - December 11

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 there is still plenty of good fall fishing ahead, fishing reports are beginning to become more difficult to get. This is normal for this time of year as more anglers begin pulling their boats for the winter, and begin focusing more on hunting than fishing. Because of this, reports will go to every other week, instead of weekly. The two week reports will continue till ice begins to form and more fishing activity is available to report.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, 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's Website.

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.

Tip of the week: Though it's most likely going to be awhile yet, it may be a good time to start digging out the ice fishing gear. You can go over it to make sure everything is in order and working for when the ice forms. It's also a good time to get new gear for the upcoming season. Also, a reminder there is a new ice fishing regulation this year. A total of seven ice fishing devices/lines is allowed. See page 54 in the freshwater fishing guide, or see General Regulations.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The lake report is done for the year.

Oswego River

The river is currently at 7,850 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 11/24. Anglers are still getting some steelhead and brown trout on beads or skein.

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 335 cfs, as of 11/17. Most of the steelhead activity is still taking place in the mid-to-upper river. For the steelhead try salmon egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh, pink trout worms, single egg pattern flies or nymphs. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Section will be closing soon; it's open from April 1 through November 30.

Oneida Lake

Yellow perch are still being caught in some of the bays on small minnows. The shore walleye bite continues to provide some action for shore anglers fishing just before and after sunset. Stickbaits, blade baits and shad shaped crankbaits (like Rapala shad raps) are still working.

Skaneateles Lake

The docks have been removed for the season. Rainbow trout are hitting for anglers trolling streamers near the surface. Yellow perch are being caught on small minnows and smallmouth bass are still being caught on stickbaits.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 110 foot of water and a few salmon are being caught in 60 to 70 foot of water..

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake, Sandy Pond and Whitney Point Reservoir

No new information to report.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

Lake report is done for the season. A few brown trout and steelhead are starting to be caught in Maxwell Creek. The flow is still low and it's receiving a lot of pressure.

Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes

No new information to report.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bay

Some northern pike are being taken in Sodus Bay around the Islands. Perch fishing has been slow so far in the bays.

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.