Central New York Fishing Hotline
November 27 - December 6
Wanted!! Angler Diary Cooperators for the Finger Lakes. Our numbers have dropped in recent years and we need new cooperators. If you fish Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, or Otisco Lakes and want to learn more about this program, visit the Angler Diary Cooperator Program page or contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext.213.
Tip of the week: When jigging for bluegills or crappies, have a second rod (or more) rigged up with a different lure. If the bite slows, or you are marking fish that aren't biting, sometimes showing them a different lure (larger, smaller, different color, etc.) will get those fish to bite.
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.
As a word of warning, all of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed. Please plan accordingly.
With the rain, snow, cold temperatures and strong winds getting out on the water has been very difficult this week, so there is very little information to report this week.
The lake fishing report is over for the season.
The river is way up from last week and is flowing at approximately 9,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 11/27. This flow makes shore fishing more difficult. Anglers in drift boats have been enjoying good action for brown trout and steelhead. Good baits are egg sacs (pink, white or chartreuse mesh), egg imitating flies and plastics, and trout beads.
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.
The river is down from last week and is flowing at 750 cfs as of 11/27. Conditions have been harder this week with the fluctuating weather. Steelhead are still being taken throughout the river, with most of the fishing pressure is still taking place in the upper river (from Pineville to the Upper Fly Zone). Bottom bouncing or float fishing with pink, blue or chartreuse egg sacs and bright colored egg patterns is catching steelhead. Other good baits have been Oregon cheese glo-bugs, flesh flies and tangerine beads.
A reminder that The Upper Fly Section closes for the season a half hour after sunset on November 30th. It will re-open on April 1st
Fishing is generally slow on the pond this time of year. So, no new information to report and will probably remain so until we get ice.
With the miserable weather this week getting a boat out or even fishing from shore was difficult, so no new information. If we get a decent weather night, the shore bite for walleyes should still be going. Try casting stickbaits just before and after dark. Some good areas are Sylvan Beach, Lower South Bay, Lewis Point, Oneida Shores and Bridgeport. Stickbaits in blue and silver, or black and silver usually work well for these walleye.
The Lewis Point cooperative ice fishing access site is now available for use. Please respect the landowner's wishes and follow the arrows directing you to the lake. Failure to do so and the resulting property damage could cause the loss of this popular site.
Yellow perch are being caught in the north end on minnows.
No new information.
Yellow perch are hitting minnows on the north end of the lake.
The launch was closed on 11/27 because of inclement weather and will remain closed until spring. Anglers have been doing well from shore for rainbow trout at Lourdes Camp using marshmallow and worm rigs.
Whitney Point Reservoir
The Whitney point Reservoir Docks were removed last week. With the rain and snow melt the reservoir will probably be rising and becoming turbid. Before the rain, walleye were being taken on jigs tipped with minnows. It may be a good time to try the spillway for walleye using jigs or stickbaits.
Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers
The rain and snow melt has brought the rivers up. Before the high water, walleye and muskellunge fishing had been good for anglers fishing with large minnows and stickbaits. When the rivers go down this good fishing will hopefully continue.
Eastern Region 8
Steelhead and brown trout are being taken in the tributaries. Try egg imitations or egg sacks.
Yellow perch are hitting on small minnows and plastics. The northern 1/3 of the lake has been productive for perch.
Sodus and Irondequoit Bays
When anglers can get out in boats, yellow perch are still being found in 25-30 foot of water and are hitting on minnows.
No new information.
No new information.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Good luck fishing.
The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.