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Central New York Fishing Hotline

March 17 - March 24

Tip of the Week: Though it doesn't feel like it, trout season will be starting in a few weeks on April 1st. Now might be a good time to start getting your trout fishing gear together. It's usually a good idea to replace the monofilament fishing line on your reels, as mono can weaken overtime.

A reminder 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.

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

Walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky season closed on March 15th; it will re-open on May 6th.

Once again we've had a miserable week, weather wise, making conditions difficult for fishing. So, there is no new information to report again this week.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The lake report is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river is down some from last week and it's flowing at 8,040 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 3/17. The cold weather has made fishing 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 river flow is down from last week and is flowing at 1,720 cfs as of 3/17. The cold and snow have made fishing difficult, so no new information to report this week. Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries

Cayuga Lake

No new information to report this week as the snow and cold conditions have made fishing difficult. The lake level is down, which is normal for this time of year, so use caution when launching and retrieving boats as many of the launch sites are shallow.

Skaneateles Lake

The launch is still closed for the season. No new information to report.

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

No new fishing information to report at this time.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

No new information to report this week because of the difficult fishing conditions due to the snow and cold temperatures.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays, Keuka, Canandaigua, and Seneca Lakes

No new information. If anyone would like to contribute please use the fwfish7 email 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 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

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 Good luck fishing.

The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.