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Central New York Fishing Hotline

June 14 - June 25

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that you please act safely when fishing. If you arrive at an angler parking area that is congested, consider finding another area that is less crowded. When you're on the water, please make sure there is ample room between you and your fellow anglers. Don't share a boat unless it is large enough so that all persons aboard can always remain at a minimum distance of six feet apart. Providing ample distance helps to reduce the spread of colds, flu and COVID-19 and also contributes to an overall better angling experience. Good Luck Fishing!

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.

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

For information on walleye fishing please view Fishing for Walleye.

The 2021 Freshwater Fishing Guide has been printed and is now being distributed. It's a smaller sized guide with a black and white cover and It can also be viewed online at Freshwater fishing Guide.

The traditional bass season kicks off on Saturday June 19th. For early season bass start along the shoreline or inside weed edges and then work your way out deeper if not seeing or catching fish. Good baits to try are stickworms either wacky or Texas rigged, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits (vibrating jigs) or top-waters like a buzzbait or frog. If fishing deeper water try crankbaits, tube jigs, Ned-rig or drop-shot rigs.

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing continues to be challenging but when one is caught they have been good sized. Look for brown trout in 25 to 75 foot of water with spoons or stickbaits. Some salmon are being caught in 150 to 200+ foot of water on flashers and flies. Lake trout fishing has been more consistent and fish are being taken near bottom in 150 to 200 foot of water.

Oswego River

The flow is at 4,010 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of June 14th. As mentioned above the traditional bass season will kick off on June 19th and look for bass with tube jigs, drop-shot rigs or crayfish. For walleye try big stickbaits or jigs.

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

Nothing to report which is normal for this time of year.

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

Port Bay

The Port Bay South Boat Launch is currently closed for repairs.

Sodus Bay

Look for pike with large stickbaits or spinnerbaits. When the traditional bass season kicks off on 6/19 look for bass around the weed beds with spinnerbaits or Texas rigged worms.

Sandy Pond

Try large stickbaits, spinnerbaits or spoons for the pike and stickbaits, jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye. When the traditional bass season kicks off on 6/19 look for bass around the weed beds with spinnerbaits or Texas rigged worms.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Onedia Lake is 3 fish with a 15" minimum length. The walleye on Oneida Lake are spread out from shallow to deep water so you can pick your preference. If fishing 5 to 15 foot try casting with blade baits or stickbaits. When fishing deeper than 15 foot also try trolling with stickbaits or worm harnesses to cover more water or fishing with black and purple jigs. Look for bass around the shoals with stickbaits or swimbaits and around weed beds with Texas rigged worms or top-waters. Oneida is a very popular bass fishery so expect more traffic this weekend. Just a reminder there are a lot of chain pickerel around so you may want to use a wire leader if using an expensive or your "favorite" lure.

Otisco Lake

For walleye try the 15 to 20 foot zone trolling with stickbaits and for tiger musky try casting large spinners, spinnerbaits or stickbaits along shore or over the flat on the north end. For bass try wacky rigged stickworms along shore or in the weed beds with Texas rigged baits.

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 or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch.

Skaneateles Lake

Anglers are getting some yellow perch in 20 foot of water along with an occasional bonus trout or salmon. For smallmouths try wacky rigged stick worms, drop-shot, Ned-rig or tube jigs in 5 to 20 foot of water.

Cayuga Lake

Look for lake trout in 50 to 150 foot of water vertical jigging, or trolling over 90 to 150 foot of water. The north end is a popular bass fishing destination so expect more traffic out there this weekend. Look for bass along shore and in weed beds in deeper water. Try stickworms, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Just a reminder there are a lot of chain pickerel around so you may want to use a wire leader if using an expensive or your "favorite" lure.

Owasco Lake

Look for yellow perch in 20 to 30 foot of water on minnows or small jigs and for lake trout in 80 to 120 foot of water. Smallmouth bass should be up along the shoreline still.

Seneca Lake

Try trolling on the south end for Atlantic salmon with stickbaits.

Canandaigua Lake

Look for lake trout in 80 to 90 foot of water either trolling or vertical jigging.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits (like shad raps), jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye. Look for smallmouth bass along the shoreline with cranklbaits or topwaters.

Keuka Lake

Lake trout are being caught in 85 to 90 foot of water using live sawbellies or vertical jigging with green paddle tail jigs near the bottom. Trolling is also working for lakers in 100 to 120 foot of water down 50 to 60 feet on silver spoons and black and silver stickbaits.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Look for walleye in the deeper holes with jigs or crankbaits. Try tube jigs or crankbaits for the smallmouth bass.

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.