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Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 16 - November 30

The CNY fishing hotline will now be updated every two weeks instead of weekly, until the ice fishing season gets under way, than it will go back to weekly. The reason for this this, though there is plenty of good fishing left, we are hitting that time of year when hunting seasons are starting and as more anglers put down the fishing gear and begin heading to the woods, reports become harder to get and little changes from week to week. 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 (links leave DEC's website).

Also, as a word of warning, all of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed. So, please plan accordingly.

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 (link leaves 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

The lake fishing is done for the season.

Oswego River

The river has been running high with recent rain/snow events and was at 13,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 11/16. This flow makes shore fishing difficult, but there are still some steelhead and brown trout being taken by anglers fishing from shore and drift-boats.

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 is running at 750 cfs as of 11/16. Steelhead are still being taken by anglers putting in their time and they are hitting on egg sacs (blue or pink mesh) and egg imitating flies and plastics.

Oneida Lake

Anglers casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark were still getting into a few walleye.

Cayuga Lake

Some Atlantic salmon and brown trout are being caught in the tributaries. This bite is often dependent on rain events occurring to raise the water level in some of the streams.

The Mud Lock boat launch is closed due to construction as improvements are being made.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch is closed for the season.

Owasco Lake, Otisco Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, and Sandy Pond

No new information and there will likely not be any until ice fishing starts.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No new information but fall can often be a good time for smallmouth bass on the rivers.

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

There are some steelhead, brown trout and even a few salmon still being taken in the tributaries.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

Yellow perch are being taken on small minnows in 10 to 20 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

The Sampson State Park boat launch is closed as it will be worked on over the winter.

Canandaigua and Keuka Lakes

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

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.