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Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 15 - November 29

We are hitting that time of year again, though there is still plenty of good fishing left, many anglers are now putting down the rods/reels and heading to the woods. This means reports will be much harder to come by so there will likely be few changes to the hotline over the next few months.

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 (leaves DEC website).

Also, as a word of warning, 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 (leaves DEC website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st of the current year to March 30th of the following year. Starting on April 1, 2019 the guide you want to be using is the 2019-20 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF, 10 MB). The Fishing Guide can also be picked up where fishing licenses are sold.

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Lake Ontario and Bays

Steelhead and brown trout are being found in most of the tributaries. Egg sacs, beads and egg imitating flies have been working.

Oswego River

The flow is running at 12,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of November 14. There are still a few salmon being taken in the river along with steelhead and brown trout. Beads and egg sacs are working either under a float or bottom bouncing.

Please view this link for more information on Fishing for Steelhead. A video on Salmon and Trout Identification can be found on the top of the Great Lakes Fishing page.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and 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

The river is running at 750 cfs as of November 14. Steelhead are being taken throughout the river but most of the recent activity has been in the upper sections. Egg sacs, beads and flies are all working at times. Just as a reminder the Upper Fly Section season dates are April 1 through November 30, so it will be closing soon.

Please view this link for more information on Fishing for Steelhead. A video on Salmon and Trout Identification can be found on the top of the Great Lakes Fishing page.

Water flow information by Brookfield Renewable Energy for the Salmon River can be found at the Brookfield Renewable website (leaves DEC website).

Oneida Lake

The cold conditions have made it more difficult for anglers trying to shore fish for walleye. Some are still being taken by anglers braving the weather though by casting stickbaits (minnow imitating lures) from shore just before and after dark.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch has been closed for the season.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 95 to 130 feet of water vertical jigging. No word on the fall tributary fishing for Atlantic salmon and brown trout at this time but with recent rain events there should be some fish in the streams.

Otisco, Owasco, Seneca, Canandaigua, and Keuka Lakes, Sandy Pond, Whitney Point Reservoir, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No new information to report at this time.

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.