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Central New York Fishing Hotline

April 19 - April 26

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 to March 30th, so starting on April 1, 2019 the guide you want to be using is the 2019-20 Official guide which has a picture of a mother and daughter holding a nice steelhead on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Trout season kicked off on April 1st and for more information on trout fishing please view Fishing for Stream Trout, for places to go view Public Fishing Rights, and for anticipated stocking numbers view Trout Stocking.

As of Friday, April 19th the following waters will have been stocked with trout.

Broome County- Oquaga Creek (April 16), Finch Hollow Site 1(aka Overbrook, April 11), Greenwood Lake (April 10), Little Choconut 2E (April 11), Nanticoke 7a (April 11), Nanticoke Lake (April 10), Palmers Pond (April 9), Paterson Pond #1 (April 11), Arctic Lake (April 9), Chenango Lake (April 12 and March 27), Dudley Creek (March 26), East Br. Nanticoke Creek (April 17 and March 26), and Nanticoke Creek (April 17 and March 26).

Cayuga County - North Brook (April 19), Salmon Creek (April 11), Owasco Inlet (April 10), and Fall Creek (April 3).

Chenango County - Bowman Lake (April 15), Jeffrey Pond (April 15), Guilford Lake (April 12), Mill Brook Reservoir (April 11), Genegantslet Creek (April 2), and the Otselic River (April 1).

Cortland County - Casterline Pond (April 12 and April 11), Pharsalia Y Pond (April 15), Little York Lake (April 11), Durkee Park Pond (April 15 and April 11), and the Otselic River (April 1).

Madison County - Beaver Creek (April 8), Canaseraga Creek (April 8), Canastota Creek (April 8), Cowaselon Creek (April 8), Eaton Brook Reservoir (April 11), Lebanon Reservoir (April 11), Old Chenango Canal (April 8), Payne Brook (April 8), Stone Mill Brook (April 8), T32 of E. Br. Tioughnioga River (April 8), Chenango River (April 4), Chittenango Creek (April 3), Oneida Creek (April 1), Otselic River (April 1) and the Sangerfield River (March 29).

Onondaga County- is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and the stocking list can also be viewed at under Stocking Report (Leaves DEC website).

Oswego County - Salmon River (April 16), Black Creek (April 12), Rice Creek (April 12) and W. Br. Fish Creek (April 12).

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek (April 17), Cayuta Creek (April 16), Owego Creek (April 19 and March 26), West Br. Owego Creek (April 19 and March 26), and East Br. Owego Creek (April 18 and March 25).

Tompkins County - Virgil Creek (April 9), Enfield Creek (April 4), Enfield Ck. T4 (April 4), Buttermilk Creek (March 27), Sixmile Creek (March 27), Fall Creek (April 8 and March 25), and Salmon Creek (April 8 and March 25).

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The brown trout fishing has started and anglers are getting them on spoons or stickbaits fished in shallow water.

Oswego River

The flow is up from last week and its running at 10,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of April 18. This flow will make fishing parts of the river difficult. With rain in the forecast the flows will likely be going up.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism web site 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 2,200 cfs as of April 18. Currently their is a notice on the safewater website (link below) from Brookfield Renewable: High Flow conditions- Flows have now exceeded station discharge capabilities and spill gates are now in use. River activities are extremely dangerous and unwise. Do not venture into the river until flows have receded.

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

Oneida Lake

The windy conditions have made getting out on parts of the lake tricky. When you can get out look for yellow perch in 10 to 15 foot of water. The annual walleye egg take at the Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery, Constanta has been completed. There will still be some walleye to see in the hatchery and in Scriba Creek. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Cayuga Lake

With the milder conditions anglers should be able to get out in boats to fish for lake trout and salmon around the lake, and also for yellow perch on the north end. It may have started already, but brown trout fishing can be good in the south end of the lake this time of year. Trolling stickbaits or spoons in the off colored water often works well. There should still be some rainbows in the tributaries.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch is open and one dock is in. Anglers are getting some yellow perch on the lake. The rainbow trout fishing in grout brook has been slow but here is likely still some rainbows in the tributaries.

Sandy Pond, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, and the Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No information to report at this time.

Eastern Region 8

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.

As of Friday, April 19th the following waters will have been stocked with trout.

Chemung County- Eldridge Lake (April 5), Park Station Pond (April 5), Cayuta Creek (March 20), Post Creek (March 18), Sing Sing Creek (March 18), and Newtown Creek (March 18).

Schuyler County- Cayuta Creek (March 19)

Steuben County- Canisteo River (April 3), Bennett Creek (April 3, ) Canaseraga Creek (April 2), Meads Creek (March 29), Cohocton River (March 21 and 22), and Post Creek (March 18)

Lake Ontario

When the wind isn't howling and anglers can get out, the brown trout fishing continues to be good with stickbaits being fished in 10 to 20 foot of water. Also look for steelhead and a few browns still left in the tributaries.

Sodus Bay

Yellow perch and black crappie are being caught in the bay. No word on bullhead yet but with the warmer temperatures it shouldn't be long.

Seneca Lake

The following launch site update was copied from the Sampson State Park website, please view that site for more information. "PARK IMPROVEMENTS! The much-needed 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

Yellow perch are being caught on small jigs fished in 15 to 25 foot of water. Lake trout are being caught in 50 to 100 foot of water vertical jigging.

Canandaigua Lake

Yellow perch are also being caught on this lake in the 15 to 25 foot zone on jigs. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshop, etc.), please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at

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.