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Central New York Fishing Hotline

June 15 - June 22

A reminder that there other fishing hotline/reports available for the area. A few of the web sites are: Wayne County Tourism, Visit Oswego County, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (links leave DEC's website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st to March 30th. The 2018-19 Official guide has a picture of an angler holding a giant smallmouth bass on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Region 7

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing continues to be good on the big lake and they are being taken by trolling with stickbaits or small spoons in 20 to 40 foot of water. Chinooks and a few cohos are being taken in 100 to 150 foot of water. Lake trout are being found in around 120 foot of water.

Oswego River

The river is down and is running at 1,620 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 6/14. Look for walleye in the river with large stickbaits. Sheepshead are hitting on crayfish. Bass season starts on Saturday 6/16, and tube baits or live crayfish would be good bait choices.

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 river is at 185 cfs as of 6/14. Fishing has slowed down which is normal for this time of year.

Oneida Lake

Walleye action has slowed down some but fish are still being taken in 15 to 35 foot of water with blade style baits and bucktail jigs. Bass season kicks off this weekend so expect more boat traffic as the tournament season will be starting. Many bass are still shallow but there are also some on the shoals. Plastics, bass jigs, crankbaits and topwaters would be good lure choices. remember there are a lot of nice sized pickerel in the lake so you may want to use a wire leader if throwing an expensive lue.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 90 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing in the 150 to 200 foot range. Look for largemouth bass on the north end with spinnerbaits, bass jigs or topwaters.

Skaneateles Lake

Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs along shore should produce some smallmouth bass, rock bass and maybe some perch.lake for lake trout 40 to 50 feet down.

Owasco Lake

Lake trout and a few brown trout are being caught trolling with spoons.

Otisco Lake

Bass are being taken in shallow water and around docks on stickworms (Senko style baits) or jigs. Look for tiger musky with stickbaits or large spinnerbaits. So far walleye action has been slow.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Slow trolling with worms around the Islands is producing some nice sized walleye.

Sandy Pond

some walleye and yellow perch are being taken on the pond.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Try for smallmouth bass with topwaters or tube baits and look for walleye in the deeper holes with jigs or crankbaits.

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 or by calling 518-226-5343.

Lake Ontario

Anglers are still getting brown trout in 20 to 40 foot of water with stickbaits and small spoons working. Chinooks and an occasional coho are being taken in 150 to 250 foot.

Keuka Lake

Fishing alewives or white tube jigs near bottom in 70 to 90 foot of water is producing lake trout. Some lakers are also being caught on small spoons trolled 40 to 50 feet down over 90 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

Some lake trout are being taken in 100 to 150 feet of water. 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.

Canandaigua Lakes

No new fishing 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.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

Bass fishing should be good in the bays when the traditional season kicks off on Saturday 6/16. Start shallow and move out deeper if not catching fish, try plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters.

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.