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Central New York Fishing Hotline

July 19 - July 26

For those interested, there are also other fishing hotline/reports available for the region. A few of the web sites are: Wayne County Tourism, Visit Oswego County, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (leaves DEC website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st of the current year to March 30th of the following year. Starting on April 1, 2019 the guide you want to be using is the 2019-20 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF, 10 MB). The Fishing Guide can also be picked up where fishing licenses are sold.

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario and Bays

Wright's Landing boat launch in Oswego was reopened on July 18th. With the high water levels there are no wake zones for many Lake Ontario shorelines and bays please view the county sheriffs web pages for Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties. For information please view Lake Ontario Boat Launch Sites.

Salmon fishing continues to be good for anglers who have been able to get out. In the west end fish are in 150 to 200 foot of water down 50 to 80 foot. On the east end it's 100 to 300 foot of water down 50 to 100 foot. Spoons are still working but so are flashers and flies, and cut-bait (meat rigs).

Sandy Creek Fishing Access site (Monroe County) - Launch is closed.

Port Bay West (Wayne County) - Launch is closed, but site will remain open for shoreline fishing.

Port Bay South (Wayne County) - Launch remains open, docks are unusable, and shoreline access will be restricted.

Sandy Pond

Due to lake Ontario's High water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed beginning Thursday, May 23.

For more information please view the North Sandy Pond press release.

Oswego River

The flow is up a little from last week and it's running at 7,280 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of July 19. Look for catfish and sheepshead in the river with worms, cut-bait or crayfish. Some walleye are being taken on large stickbaits or night crawlers fished near bottom. Just a reminder that Harborfest starts next week on July 25, so boat traffic will likely be increasing then.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Salmon River

The river is currently running at 350 cfs as of July 19. The river is pretty quiet this time of year, which is normal.

Water flow information by Brookfield Renewable Energy for the Salmon River can be found at the Brookfield Renewable website (leaves DEC website).

Oneida Lake

Walleye are still being taken at a variety of depths from shallow weed beds to 25 or more feet. A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing, some popular baits have been worm harnesses, blade baits and stickbaits. Look for bass in 5 to 15 foot of water around the shoals.

Otisco Lake

Like most of the other waters an algal bloom is also taking place here. Look for tiger musky cast jerkbaits, chatterbaits, or spinnerbaits around the weed beds on the north end and along shore. Largemouth can be found in the weed beds fishing with Texas rigged plastics.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth bass and rock bass are biting along shore on wacky rigged stickworms, Ned-rigs and tube jigs.

Owasco Lake

Water fleas are being a nuisance at this time on Owasco for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad.

Cayuga Lake

Water fleas are also being a nuisance at this time on Cayuga for anglers trolling, so if trolling be prepared to deal with them. Flea-flicker lines or using a larger pound test monofilament sometimes help, and vertical jigging is also an option if fleas get too bad. An algal bloom is also still taking place on this lake at this time. Lake trout are being taken in 60 to 150 feet of water by trolling or vertical jigging.

Seneca Lake

Some lake trout are being taken by trolling or vertical jigging in 80 to 150 feet of water.

Keuka Lake

Lakers are being taken in 65 to 75 feet of water fishing close to bottom with live alewives or vertical jigging with white paddle tail plastics. Trolling 35 to 55 feet down over 80 to 90 feet of water with spindoctors is also working for lake trout.

Canandaigua Lakes

No new information.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms.

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 585-226-5343.

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.