Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 17 - December 1

We have hit that time of year again, though there is still plenty of good fishing left, many anglers have pulled their boats for the season and are starting to focus on hunting more than fishing. Reports will be harder to come by because of this, so there will likely be few changes to the report in coming weeks. Oswego and Wayne Counties have weekly fishing hotlines on their web sites as well and would be another good option for fishing reports; Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Though Onondaga County doesn't have a weekly fishing report , their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (fishonondagacounty.com).

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide. A link can be found in the right hand column under Links Leaving the DEC Website.

Also, as a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So, please plan accordingly.

April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide: April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The Lake Ontario fishing report is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river is running at 12,800 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 11/17. This flow makes shore fishing difficult. Anglers getting out in drift boats are catching steelhead and brown trout. For information on steelhead fishing please view the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tribs link found below in the Salmon River 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

This river flow is at 335 cfs as of 11/17. Steelhead are being taken on egg imitating flies, plastics or real egg sacs. Anglers covering water are having the best luck at this time. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Section open season runs through November 30th. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Cayuga Lake

With the high water a few weeks ago some Atlantic salmon and brown trout did enter the tributaries. Some stealth will likely be required to catch them however, now that the streams are running clear and the flow has dropped. For the few anglers still getting out on the lake, lake trout are being caught 70 to 90 feet down over 100 to 200 foot of water.

Skaneateles Lake

Anglers fishing in 15 to 25 foot of water are getting a mixed bag of lake trout, rainbows and yellow perch.

Oneida Lake

Walleye are being taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. Fishing stickbaits in 10 to 15 foot of water during the day is also producing walleye. Anglers still fishing for bass are getting smallmouths in 10 to 20 foot of water.

Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, Sandy Pond, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No new information to report for these waters at this time. If anyone would like to contribute to the next hotline, please use the fwfish7 email link below to report fishing activity.

Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario

Steelhead and brown trout are being taken in the tributaries on egg sacs, beads or egg imitating plastics. There are also some trout being caught in the lake by anglers casting spoons.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays

Yellow perch fishing has been good for anglers fishing in the bays using small minnows.

Seneca, Keuka and Canandaigua Lakes

No new 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.

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.