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Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 23 - December 9

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

It's getting to be that time of year again, though there is plenty of good fishing left, as more anglers focus on hunting instead of fishing reports will be harder to come by.

It's also that time of year when many dock structures will be removed, or have been removed already, so be prepared to launch and retrieve boats without them.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age 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).

Salmon River

The flow is 500 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of November 23 at the dam, with inflow from the tributaries it increases as you move downstream. Steelhead are being caught throughout the river on egg sacs, beads and egg imitating flies. For information on steelhead fishing please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Oswego River

The flow is up from last weeks report and is 5,670 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of November 23. Steelhead are biting on egg sacs, beads and egg imitating flies. For information on steelhead fishing please see the link in the Salmon River report above.

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.

Skaneateles Lake

The docks have been pulled for the season.

Other Hotline Waters

Nothing to report for the other waters until we get some ice.

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.