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Central New York Fishing Hotline

January 9 - January 23

Under a new law, known as 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 continued above average temperatures, coupled with rain events, have combined to really slow down the ice making. So, as we patently await for some good ice formation there will be little new information to report in the next few weeks. For information on ice fishing please view Chapter 9 in I fish NY Beginners Guide to Freshwater 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, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (leaves DEC website).

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 still being found in most of the tributaries as the warm weather has kept streams open and the rain/snow melt has added in keeping flows at good levels. Egg sacs, beads and egg imitating flies have been working either bottom bounced or fished under a float.

Oswego River

The flow is running at 13,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of January 9. There are steelhead and brown trout being taken on beads, jigs egg sacs either fished 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 up from last week and is running at 1,200 cfs as of January 9. A lot of anglers have been taking advantage of the above average temperatures with most of pressure on the upper sections of river in the deeper holes. Egg sacs (blue mesh), beads, rubber worms, egg imitating flies and nymphs are all working at times. Both float fishing and bottom bouncing have been working, if not having action with one method try the other as it does seem to make a difference depending on the day and location.

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).

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch has been closed for the season.

Cayuga Lake

Some lake trout are being taken in shallow water near shore by anglers casting stickbaits and blade baits.

Oneida, 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.