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Central New York Fishing Hotline

December 21 - January 4

The CNY fishing hotline will now be updated every two weeks instead of weekly, until the ice fishing season gets under way, then it will go back to weekly. The reason for 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 is running high and was at 13,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 12/21. This flow can make shore fishing difficult, with the exception of the area behind the hotels. There are still some steelhead and brown trout being taken.

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 12/21. Steelhead are still being taken with the most activity in the mid-to-upper section. Steelhead are being taken on egg sacs (blue or pink mesh), pink trout worms, beads and egg imitating flies.

There is a new water level flow page provided by Brookfield Renewable Energy for the Salmon River that can be found at

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch is closed for the season.

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

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

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 still being taken in the tributaries.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

No new information.

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.