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Central New York Fishing Hotline

June 21 - June 28

Due to lake Ontario's High water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed beginning Thursday, May 23, 2019. For more information please view the North Sandy Pond press release.

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).

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

Use caution if venturing out as there is debris floating around on most waters, and be mindful of your boat wake as to not cause property damage. There are boating advisories for the bays and shoreline of Lake Ontario. For information on these please view the county sheriffs office web pages for Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties.

Sandy Pond

Due to lake Ontario's High water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed beginning Thursday, May 23.

Lake Ontario and Bays

With the high water levels there are no wake zones for many Lake Ontario shorelines and bays please view the county sheriffs web pages for Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego counties. Wright's Landing boat launch in Oswego is currently closed. For information please view Lake Ontario Boat Launch Sites. Salmon fishing has been good for anglers who have been able to get out. In the west end fish are in 150 to 200 foot of water down 40 to 80 foot. On the east end it's 80 to 200 foot of water down 50 to 100 foot. Spoons are still working but so are flashers and flies at times.

Sandy Creek Fishing Access site (Monroe County) - Launch is closed.

Port Bay West (Wayne County) - Launch is closed, but site will remain open for shoreline fishing.

Port Bay South (Wayne County) - Launch remains open, docks are unusable, and shoreline access will be restricted.

Oswego River

The flow is really up from last week with the heavy rains and it's running at 15,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of June 21. Because of this high flow, there is no new information to report.

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 currently running at 2,000 cfs as of June 21. The river is pretty quiet this time of year, which is normal.

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

Oneida Lake

Bass season started last weekend so expect more boat traffic as bass tournaments will be taking place. Look for bass in 2 to 5 foot of water. With all the chain pickerel in the lake you may want to use a wire leader if throwing one of your expensive bass lures. Walleye are being taken in a variety of depths from as shallow as 5 foot out to 30 feet. Jigs and blade-baits are working, as is trolling with stickbaits.

Otisco Lake

Look for smallmouths around docks and along shorelines with wacky rigged stickworms. For tiger musky cast jerkbaits or spinnerbaits around the weed beds on the north end and along shore.

Skaneateles Lake

Smallmouth bass and rock bass should be biting in shallow water along the shore on drop-shot rigs or tube jigs.

Owasco and Canandaigua Lakes

No new information.

Cayuga Lake

Look for largemouth bass on the north end near shore and around any weed beds. Try covering water with spinnerbaits or topwaters and then slowing down with plastics when fish are found. Lake trout are being taken in 50 to 150 feet of water by trolling or vertical jigging.

Seneca Lake

Some lake trout are being taken by trolling or vertical jigging in 80 to 150 feet of water.

The following launch site update was copied from the Sampson State Park page (leaves DEC website). Please view that State Parks website for more information. The Sampson Marina rehab construction project for this spring will unfortunately delay the marina and boat launch opening for 2019. As of March, the anticipated opening is mid-June.

Keuka Lake

Lakers are being taken in 65 to 75 feet of water fishing close to bottom with live alewives or vertical jigging with white paddle tail plastics. Trolling 35 to 55 feet down over 80 to 90 feet of water with spindoctors is also working for lake trout.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try for smallmouths along shore with tube baits or wacky rigged stickworms. Channel catfish should be hitting on cut-bait or worms. Look for walleye in the old river channel with jigs or worm harnesses.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Rivers are up and turbid due to recent rain events. Look for smallmouths with tube baits, spinnerbaits and topwaters. For walleye, try jigs tipped with worms and for catfish try cut-bait or worms.

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 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

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.