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Central New York Fishing Hotline

June 29 - July10

The Central New York Fishing hotline (formerly the Region 7 Fishing Hotline) turned an amazing 35 on June 5th! The first Region 7 Fishing Hotline was recorded on June 5, 1980.

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.

As a reminder, this is the first year with April 1st as the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016, this new guide has a picture of an angler holding a musky on the cover). The new guide should be available at any location that fishing licenses are sold. It is available to view at, Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.

Tip of the week: Repeat from last week but still appropriate: Many water bodies are running high and turbid after the recent rain events. Use caution when boating as there is a lot of debris being reported on many waters. Also, the 4th of July weekend is a popular boating weekend so use caution as there will be a lot of boating traffic on area waters as well. Boating advisories are put in place by County Sheriff's Offices, so if you have questions about a boating advisor on the water you are going to, check that counties Sheriff's Office Facebook or twitter pages for media advisories.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Fish have become more scattered and locations are changing daily depending on wind direction, water temperature, etc. Some brown trout are still being taken shallow in 30 to 50 foot of water on stickbaits or spoons; with early morning being continuing to be best. For lake trout troll cowbells and peanuts (small plugs) near bottom in 100 to 200 foot of water. Steelhead are hitting small spoons fished 40 feet down over 200 foot of water. Chinook salmon have become more scattered and have been difficult to target and catch over the last couple of weeks. For more information on trolling please view Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon.

Oswego River

The river is still up due to all the rain and is at 15,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 6/29. This flow make shore fishing very difficult so no new information to report.
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

This flow is currently the same as last week, 750 cfs as of 6/29. Things are quite on the river which is usual for this time of year. There are some smallmouth bass being taken in the lower river.

Oneida Lake

Use caution as the lake is still running high from the recent rains and there may debris floating around. Look for bass in 5 to 10 foot of water with crankbaits, tube jigs, chatterbaits, swimbaits and bass jigs all working. There has been some schooling activity reported in deeper water with bass feeding on small yellow perch. So, also keep an eye out for birds diving as that can usually be seen from a farther distance then the fish breaking the surface. If you can get to the schooling fish while their still at the surface try swimbaits, stickbaits or top waters. For walleye try using jigs tipped with night crawlers, or blade style baits in 15 to 20 foot of water for starters. If not catching fish keep covering water searching, as walleye are also being taken in water as shallow as 5 foot and as deep as 35 foot. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 foot of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits makes unhooking them much easier.

Skaneateles Lake

The brown drake hatch has started, but has very inconsistent and difficult to predict. Generally, fishing just before and after dark can be good during these hatches as smallmouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch and rainbow trout take advantage of the hatching insects. Anglers fishing along shore are also getting some nice smallmouth bass with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs and topwaters working. Lake trout are being taken in 25 to 50 foot of water.

Sandy Pond

Walleye are being taken on stickbaits by anglers trolling or casting. Bluegill are being taken near shore on worms or small jigs. Look for bass around and in the weed beds with spinnerbaits, top waters or plastics.

Otisco Lake

Tiger musky are hitting along the shore in 8 to 10 foot of water. Casting chatterbaits with a swimbait trailer over weed beds continues to work well. Don't forget to use a wire leader, and If tigers follow but don't hit, try doing a figure 8 at the boat. Look for bass along shore and also in and around the weed beds. Try stickworms (Senko style baits), crankbaits and chatterbaits along shore and over the weed beds. Fishing in the weed beds with plastic worms or flipping a jig or creature bait is also producing some nice largemouth bass.

Cayuga Lake

Tompkins County Sheriff's Office have re-issued a high water advisory as of 6/29; a no wake zone within 500 foot of shore on Cayuga Lake. And boaters should use caution when boating and watch for debris. For updates please visit the Tompkins County Sheriffs Web page. Lake trout are being taken by trolling spoons in 80 to 120 foot of water. Vertical jigging is producing fish in 35 to 75 foot of water.

Owasco Lake

Some lake trout are being taken on spoons trolled in the south end in 80 to 100 foot of water.

Whitney Point Reservoir, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Recent rain events have most rivers in the area running high and turbid, so new information.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

As mentioned above fish have become more scattered and are more difficult to locate. Some brown trout are still being taken near shore by trolling stickbaits or spoons in 50 feet of water; early morning action continues to be best Lake trout are being caught near bottom trolling in 100 to 150 foot of water with flasher and flies working. Chinook salmon have become more scattered and have become harder to target. Steelhead are being taken on small spoons fished 40 to 50 feet down over 200 to 250 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

Currently (6/29) there is no boating advisory for Schuyler County. Check the Schuyler County Sheriff's office Facebook page for any changes. Use caution when boating and watch for debris. Lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling in 50 to 120 foot of water, and also be vertical jigging in 45 to 80 foot of water.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bay

Anglers have been catching some nice bass in and around the weed beds. Try spinnerbaits, top waters and plastics.

Keuka Lake

Currently (6/29) there is no boating advisory for Yates County. Use caution and be careful while boating and watch for debris. Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 100 to 150 feet are still catching lake trout. Tubes and fluke style plastics have been working well. Trolling is also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies in 100 to 170 foot of water.

Canandaigua Lake

Currently (6/29) there is no boating advisory for Ontario County. Check the Ontario County Sheriff's office Facebook page for any changes. Use caution and be careful while boating and watch for debris. Fishing continues to be slow but some lake trout are being taken by anglers trolling 30 to 75 feet down over 60 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.