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Central New York Fishing Hotline

May 27 - June 4

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, Lake Ontario Fishing, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (all leave DEC website).

Under Brianna's Law, all motor boat operators will need a boating safety certificate. How soon this certificate is required depends on your age, but by January 1, 2025, all operators of motorized vessels regardless of age will need a certificate. For more information on Brianna's Law, classes, and the age breakdown please view Boating Education (leaves DEC website) on the NYS Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation site.

The 2022 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide is in now printed and available at places that sell fishing licenses. It can also be viewed on the Freshwater Fishing Regulations page.

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Memorial Day weekend is often a very busy boating weekend. A little patience can go a long way in making every ones day more enjoyable at crowded launch ramps. A few things you can do to help is practice backing your boat trailer up at home or in an empty parking lot before going to the launch ramp. The other is starting your boat, if it hasn't been run yet this year, before going to the launch ramp. Just remember that outboards are water cooled. You will need a set of muffs (outboard flusher) you can hook up to your garden hose to do this if you have a large motor. A smaller motor can be started in a garbage can full of water.

Some sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday, May 27th. These streams, lakes, and ponds are;

Broome County - Patterson Pond (April 29), Nanticoke 7a (April 29), Little Choconut 2e (April 29), Finch Hollow Site 1(Overbrook, April 29), Arctic Lake (April 22), Palmers Pond (April 22), Nanticoke Lake ( April 21), Greenwwod Lake (April 21)Oquaga Creek (April 4), Chenango Lake (May 6, April 21 and March 31), Dudley Creek (March 25), East Branch Nanticoke Creek (March 25), and Nanticoke Creek (March 25).

Cayuga County - Owasco Outlet (April 21), Salmon Creek (April 12), Owasco Inlet (April 14), and North Brook (April 15).

Chemung County - Park Station Pond (April 6), Eldridge Lake (April 6), Post Creek (March 28), Sing Sing Creek (March 28), Newton Creek (March 28), and Cayuta Creek ( May 13, April 22, April 8, March 24).

Chenango County - Guilford Lake (April 26), Bowman Lake (April 25), Mill Brook Reservoir (March 25), Jeffrey Pond (March 25), Pharsalia Y Pond( April 14), Genegantslet Creek (April 5), and Otselic River ( March 30).

Cortland County - Little York Lake (April 20), East Branch Tioughnioga River (April 14), West Branch Tioughnioga River (April 12), Casterline Pond (April 6), Durkee Park Pond (April 14, April 7), and Otselic River (March 30).

Madison County - Eaton Brook Reservoir (May 6), Limestone Creek (April 14), Beaver Creek (April 14), Oneida Creek (April 13), Cowaselon Creek (April 13), Sangerfield River (April 12), Payne Brook (April 12), Chittenango Creek (May 16, April 18, April 12 and April 4), Chenango River (April 5), and Lebanon Reservoir (March 31).

Onondaga County - Onondaga County trout are stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. The stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003. Stocking reports can also be seen at fishonondagacounty.com (leaves DEC website), under the stocking reports page. Pools Brook, Butternut Creek, Limestone Creek, Green Lake, Spruce Pond, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Carpenter's Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Spafford Brook, Furnace Brook, Fabius Brook, Geddes Brook, and Tannery Brook.

Oswego County - Redfield Sportsmen Pond (May 6), Lighthouse Hill Reservoir (May 6), West Branch of Fish Creek (May 3), North Branch Salmon River (May 3), and Salmon River (May 3).

Tioga County - Tri-County Pond (May 4), Catatonk Creek (April 11), Cayuta Creek ( March 25), East Branch Owego Creek (March 23), Owego Creek ( March 22), and West Branch Owego Creek (March 22).

Tompkins County - Virgil Creek (April 25), Sixmile Creek (April 25), Enfield Creek (April 18), Fall Creek (April 7), and Salmon Creek (April 7).

Schuyler County - Potomac Pond (April 27), Foster Pond (April 27), Ballard Pond (April 27), Cayuta Creek ( May 12, April 21, April 7, and March 24).

Steuben County - Meads Creek (March 31), Canaseraga Creek (March 29), Canisteo River (March 29), Bennett Creek (March 29), and Cohocton River (April 20, April 8, March 24).

For more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout and the Stream Fishing Map User Guide

Lake Ontario

Anglers are getting brown trout trolling over a wide depth range, from 20 to 200 feet. There have also been some lakers, Kings and cohos caught as well. Stickbaits and spoons have been working fished in a variety of ways from flatlining to downriggers.

Oswego River

The flow is up a little from last week and is 4,370 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of May 26th. For walleye try jigs or large stickbaits.

Remember there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Salmon River

Things are winding down which is normal for this time of year though there are some nice smallmouth bass being caught on small crankbaits and tube jigs.

Sodus Bay

Yellow perch are being caught on small minnows and jigs. Some bullheads and black crappies are being caught as well.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is the same as the statewide regulation, with a daily limit of 5, and a minimum length of 15-inches. Walleye fishing has been slow so far but some fish are being taken in 10 to 25 foot of water. Blade baits and jigging rapalas have been working.

Cayuga Lake

Trolling stickbaits on the south end of the lake can work well for brown trout and Atlantic salmon this time of year. Lake trout are being caught in 120 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging.

Owasco Lake

Look for yellow perch in 10 to 20 foot of water with small minnows and jigs.

Skaneateles Lake

Look for walleye around the mouth of Shotwell Brook. For smallmouth bass (remember it's catch and release only) try tube jigs, drop-shots or jerkbaits. There is a special walleye regulation on Skaneateles Lake. Walleye-all year, minimum length of 12-inches, daily limit-any number.

Otisco Lake

Smallmouth bass are being caught near shore and try large jerkbaits or spinnerbaits for the tiger musky. Otisco Lake is one of the Big Panfish Initiative (BPI) waters and now has a special regulation for Sunfish (bluegill and pumpkinseed). The daily limit is 15, with a minimum length of 8-inches. For more information please see Sunfish and Crappie Management.

If you catch a tiger musky on Otisco Lake that has been tagged, the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color, please do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to fwfish7 email below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for the walleye. For smallmouth bass (catch and release only) try crankbaits or spinnerbaits near shore.

Susquehanna River

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for walleye in the deeper holes. Just a reminder that muskellunge season starts on June 1st.

Other Hotline Waters

Nothing to report.

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 585-226-5343.

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.