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Central New York Fishing Hotline

January 12 - January 19

For people visiting the hotline for the first time, and as a reminder to frequent visitors, the hotline is always done the week before. For example, it was done on January 12h this week. Information for the hotline is obtained by talking to employees at bait shops, searching fishing web pages, or directly from anglers. Ice thickness information is obtained the same way; we do not go out and check ice thickness.

Remember ice thickness can vary greatly, even on the same water, so use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out. Some safety measures to follow are: use a spud and check ice thickness as you venture out, fish with a friend, bring a rope and ice safety picks (two handles with spike points). View the Introduction to Ice Fishing chapter for more information about ice fishing and the Ice Fishing Press Release for more safety information.

With the warm temperatures, rain, and snow melt we've experienced the last few days use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out. Shore ice will likely have deteriorated on many waters, and some lakes/reservoirs have or will rise because of the run off. Old holes and pressure cracks will also have gotten larger. Areas with flowing water should be avoided, which include streams, culverts, etc. Temperatures are expected to drop this weekend which should help to lock things back up. But we are also expected to get significant snow on top of that, which will make seeing ice conditions difficult (like enlarged holes, pressure cracks, etc.) Because of these varying conditions, there is no new ice thickness information to report this week. Ice thickness information below is from last weeks hotline.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The Lake Ontario fishing report is done for the season.

Oswego River

From one extreme to the other, now rain and snow melt has risen the river which is currently at 10,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 1/12. So, once again there is no new fishing information to report this week.

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

Currently, 1/12, the river is at 500 cfs but will likely be going up with the snow melt and rain. So, no new information to report at this time. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Oneida Lake

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out around the lake with ice thickness reports ranging from 8 to 12 inches. Watch out for areas of running water and for enlarged pressure cracks if deciding to venture out.

Otisco Lake

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out on the north end with ice thickness reports ranging from 8 to 9 inches.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out on the reservoir with ice thickness reports ranging from 8 to 12 inches. The reservoir will likely rise and become turbid from the rain/snow melt.

Sandy Pond

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out with ice thickness reports ranging from 12 to 14 inches.

Cayuga Lake

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out on the north end with ice thickness reports ranging from 6 to 10 inches.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch has been closed for the season. No safe ice to report at this time.

Owasco Lake, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No new information to report for these waters at this time as the rivers are running high and there is no safe ice to report on Owasco. If anyone would like to contribute to the next hotline, please use the fwfish7 email link below to report fishing activity.

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.

Lake Ontario

Snow and frigid temps continue to make fishing for steelhead difficult, so no new information to report this week.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Prior to the melt and rain (see paragraph at the top of the page) anglers were getting out on Sodus Bay with reports ranging from 6 to 10 inches of ice.

Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes

No new information to report. 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.