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Central New York Fishing Hotline

September 14 - September 21

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

Weather conditions have made fishing a little more difficult but when anglers can get out salmon are being found in 80 to 200 foot of water and are hitting on cut-bait, flashers and flies, and spoons.

Oswego River

The river is running at 3,790 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 9/13. A few salmon have made their way into the river and are being taken on skein or egg imitating baits.

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 335 cfs as of 9/13. There have been some salmon entering the river with most of the fishing activity taking place in the lower river. Fishing early or late in the day seems to be best at the moment especially with the warm temperatures and bright sun returning for the weekend.

Oneida Lake

Walleye fishing has slowed down, which probably suggest that they have started feeding on young-of-the-year (YOY) gizzard shad. But some walleye are still being taken in both deep (30 feet) and shallow (10 feet) water. Early and late in the day seems to be best at the moment and good baits have been worm harnesses, jigs and blade baits. Look for bass around the shoals and deep weed edges. Now that the YOY shad are big enough for predators to target, keep a topwater bait ready and watch for bird activity. If you see it get to the area quickly, it can often provide some very exciting smallmouth bass fishing as they chase shad to the surface.

Cayuga Lake

Little has changed and lake trout are being taken in 80 to 110 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are doing better fishing in the 150 to 200 foot range and fishing 70 to 90 feet down. Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them if trolling. Weed mats are also making trolling difficult at times.

The Mud Lock boat launch will be closed starting on Sept 4 as it will be under construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October.

Skaneateles Lake

Trolling 60 feet down with small spoons is producing some trout action. Trout are feeding on young of the year (YOY) yellow perch which have spread out so keep covering water till you find them. Fishing tube baits or drop-shot rigs in 15 to 30 foot water was working for smallmouth bass and rock bass.

Owasco Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Trolling 70 feet down over 100 to 120 foot of water is also working for lake trout and also a few rainbows are being taken. Water fleas have been a nuisance here at times as well for anglers trolling, so be prepared to deal with them.

Otisco Lake

Look for walleye in 15 to 20 foot of water, they appear to be very "well fed" so you may need to use a reaction baits to get them to hit. Things like stickbait, crankbaits, etc. Look for bass in the weed beds with creature style baits, natural colored baits were working better last week.

Whitney Point Reservoir

No new information. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshop, etc.), please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.

Sandy Pond

Fishing has slowed on the pond but look for bass around the weed beds.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

The Cannonhole Launch on the Susuehanna River is closed until further notice as a new concrete launch ramp is being installed. No new information.

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 fwfish8@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-226-5343.

Lake Ontario

As mentioned above strong winds made things difficult for a few days but when anglers got out salmon are being found in 90 to 150 foot of water on cut-bait and flashers and flies.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

Bass fishing remains good in the bays. Try fishing with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters around shore or over the weed beds.

Keuka Lake

Fishing alewives near bottom in 115 to 125 foot of water is producing lake trout. Jigging at those same depths is also working.

Seneca Lake

Lake trout and a few Atlantic salmon, are being taken trolling small flatfish 60 to 70 feet down over 70 to 100 foot of water at 2.5 mph. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshop, etc.), please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.

Canandaigua Lake

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 contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.

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.