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Central New York Fishing Hotline

April 11 - April 18

Tip of the week: When trout fishing try a variety baits and lures. Even though the water is cold, there are days when stocked trout seem to prefer a moving lure like a spinner or small spoon over bait. Similarly, there are days when they prefer bait over lures, or days when salted minnows seem to produce more fish than worms, or vice versa. So, don't be afraid to try different baits if not catching fish.

A reminder that starting May 1, 2014 there is a New Boating Education Law: Any person born on or after May 1, 1996 MUST have a boating safety certificate to operate a motor boat. For more information on this new law, or to find a boater safety course, please visit the NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation boating education web page. A link can be found in the right hand column under Links Leaving DEC's Website, titled New York State Parks Boating Guide.

Also, just a reminder that from November 1st - May 1st, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway.

A few sections of area streams and lakes will have been stocked by Friday April 11th. These streams and lakes are;
Broome County - Oquaga Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, Nanticoke Creek, and East Branch Nanticoke Creek
Cayuga County - North Brook and Fall Creek
Chenango County - Otselic River
Cortland County - Otselic River
Madison County - Beaver Creek, Canastota Creek, Cowaselon Creek, Limestone Creek, Old Chenango Canal, Payne Brook, Stone Mill Brook, Canaseraga Creek, Chenango River, Chittenango Creek, Oneida Creek, and the Otselic River
Onondaga County- is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003. As of Friday April 11, the following streams have been stocked: Ninemile Creek, West Br. Onondaga Creek, Pools Brook, Tannery Creek, Spafford Brook, Furnace Brook, Limestone Creek, West Br. Limestone Creek, Geddes Brook, Carpenters Brook, Butternut Creek, and Skaneateles Creek.
Tioga County - Cayuta Creek, East Branch of Owego Creek, Owego Creek, and West Branch of Owego Creek
Tompkins County - Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek, Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and Sixmile Creek.

For more information on trout fishing please view Stream Trout Fishing, and for locations to fish, please view CNY Public Fishing Rights.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

With some nice weather predicted for the weekend, maybe the near shore brown trout fishery will get jump started and there will be something to report next week.

Oswego River

The river continues to be up and is flowing at approximately 21,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 4/10. This flow makes fishing very difficult on the river, with the exception of behind the hotels, so no new information 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.

Salmon River

The flow is up from last week and is flowing at 1,800 cfs as of 4/10. There is still a lot of snow to melt in this area. With the higher flows, most of the fishing is taking place in the upper river from Pineville to Altmar. If float fishing or bottom bouncing, try egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh, pink trout worms or night crawlers. Fly anglers have been using nymphs or single egg patterns. The Upper Fly area opened on April 1st.

Oneida Lake, Otisco Lake and Sandy Pond

It's now a waiting game for the ice to get off the lake so anglers can get out in boats.

Whitney Point Reservoir, Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers

No new fishing information to report this week.

Owasco Lake

Still some ice on the lake so no new lake information. Rainbow trout are beginning to spawn in the tributaries but the high off colored water has made fishing difficult so far. As the streams start to clear and settle down fishing should improve.

Skaneateles Lake

Because there is still ice on lake, the DEC launch remains closed. Rainbow trout are beginning to spawn in the tributaries but the high off colored water has made fishing difficult so far. As the streams start to clear and settle down fishing should improve.

Cayuga Lake

Be careful if heading out in boats as there is a lot of debris floating around on the lake. Anglers fishing the north end are getting some perch, while anglers trolling around the lake are beginning to get some brown trout. Rainbow trout are beginning to spawn in the tributaries but the high off colored water has made fishing difficult so far. As the streams start to clear and settle down fishing should improve.

Eastern Region 8

A few sections of area streams and lakes will have been stocked by Friday April 11th. These streams and lakes are;
Chemung County - Eldridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Post Creek, Sing Sing Creek, Newton Creek, Cayuta Creek, and Wyncoop Creek.
Steuben County - Post Creek, Cohocton River, Canisteo River, Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek and Meads Creek.
Seneca County- Canoga Creek

Lake Ontario

Most of the tributaries are running high at the moment but things should start settling down. Steelhead are being taken on egg sacs, with orange mesh working well. Anglers are starting to troll near shore for brown trout and a few browns are also being caught by anglers casting spoons from piers. Use caution as many piers still have ice build up on them.

Seneca Lake

Anglers fishing around Sampson State Park are getting yellow perch in 25 foot of water, with small minnows working. Trolling in 120 to160 feet of water is producing a few lake trout. Rainbow trout are beginning to spawn in the tributaries but the high off colored water has made fishing difficult so far. As the streams start to clear and settle down fishing should improve.

Sodus Bay

There is still some ice on the bay so boats haven't been able to make it out yet. Anglers fishing from shore by the bridge are getting a few crappies on minnows.

Irondequoit Bay

The ice has gone from the bay but the water is currently high and turbid, so no new information to report this week. Watch out for debris if heading out.

Keuka Lake

Trolling 65 to 85 feet down over 90 to 120 foot of water is producing lake trout as is vertical jigging in 100 foot of water. Use caution as there is still ice on the north end.

Canandaigua Lake

Like Keuka, there is still ice on the north end so use caution when boating.

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@gw.dec.state.ny.us. 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@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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@gw.dec.state.ny.us. Good luck fishing.

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