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Central New York Fishing Hotline

February 27 - March 6

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 February 27th 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 buddy, and bring a rope and ice-picks.

The DEC Bureau of Fisheries annual report highlights many of the findings and accomplishments of activities and efforts carried out by Bureau of Fisheries staff. The reports are not inclusive of all Bureau staff activities conducted during a given year.

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.

Tip of the week: Snow and slush are currently making travel on the ice difficult. Staying on hard packed trails, wearing snow shoes, and traveling "lightly" (taking minimal gear) will help in some cases. With the continued cold temperatures, the slush layer should be firming up on some waters. Besides making walking hard, the slush layer is also making drilling holes more difficult for anglers using hand augers. For more information on ice fishing please view Ice fishing basics.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Lake report is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river is down from last week and is flowing at 3,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 02/27. The cold temperatures have once again made fishing difficult this week, so few anglers have been out. Because of that there is 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

The flow is the same as last week and is 285 cfs as of 02/27. The cold temperatures continue to make fishing difficult and few anglers have been out so no new information to report this week.

Oneida Lake, Sandy Pond, Whitney Point Reservoir, Otisco Lake and Cayuga Lake

Travel on the ice continues to be very difficult with the deep snow and slush. Because of that there is no new information to report.

Skaneateles Lake

The entire lake is frozen over, which is extremely rare for Skaneateles Lake. Anglers are fishing both the north and south ends.

Owasco Lake

Owasco is also frozen over and anglers are fishing both ends and also around Ensenore Point. Walking has been difficult on the north and south ends due to snow and slush.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

The small tributaries are frozen over so no new information to report.

Seneca Lake

No new information.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

As everywhere else, recent snow events and slush have made travel very difficult on the ice. Because of that there is no new information to report.

Canandaigua Lake

More of the lake has frozen over and anglers getting out to deeper water are catching lake trout jigging with spoons or plastics.

Keuka Lake

Anglers fishing near the Keuka Lake State park are getting lake trout jigging in 100 foot of water with spoons or plastics.


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.