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Central New York Fishing Hotline

April 9 - April 16

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

With the exception of Onondaga Lake and the Seneca River Haze Road launches, most DEC launch facility's in R7 have at least one dock in.

The 2021 Freshwater Fishing Guide has not been printed and distributed yet. It's anticipated to be out and distributed to licensing agents by the second week of April. It can, however, be viewed online at Freshwater fishing Guide.

Trout season started on April 1st and there are some new changes for 2021. Please view the Trout Stream Management Press Release for more information about the regulation changes and about the Trout Stream Fishing Map on the DECinfo locator. A user guide can be found at Trout Stream Map User Guide.

A few reaches of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked by Friday, April 9th. These streams and lakes are listed below. This page will be updated on Friday, April 16. For information on fishing for trout, please view Stream Trout Fishing.

Broome County - Oquagga Creek (April 5), Chenango Lake (March 31), Dudley Creek (March 22), East Br. Nanticoke Creek (March 22), and Nanticoke Creek (March 22).

Chenango County - Genegantslet creek (April 5), and Otselic River (March 29).

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake (April 8), Park Station Pond (April 8), Cayuta Creek (March 26), Post Creek (March 29) and Sing Sing Creek (March 29).

Cortland County - Otselic River (April 5).

Madison County - Chittenango Creek (April 6),Chenango River (April 6), and Lebanon Reservoir (March 29).

Onondaga County -Onondaga County is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery and their stocking line is 315-689-0003. It can also be viewed at Fishing Onondaga County (leaves DEC website). Butternut Creek, Carpenter's Brook, Fabius Brook, Furnace Brook, Geddes Brook, Green Lakes, Highland Forest Park Pond, Limestone Creek, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Pratt Falls Park, Pools Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Spafford Brook, and Spruce Pond.

Steuben County - Bennett Creek (March 30), Canaseraga Creek (March 30), Cohocton River (April 2, March 22), Canisteo River (March 30), and Meads Creek (March 31).

Schuyler County - Cayuta Creek (March 26).

Tioga County - Cayuta Creek (March 22), East Br. Owego Creek (March 22), Owego Creek (March 22), and West Br. Owego Creek (March 22).

Lake Ontario

Brown trout are starting to be caught in the 20 plus foot of water by anglers trolling with spoons or stickbaits. With the bright sun and clear water fishing has been more difficult. If you can find stained water try trolling in that area. Lake trout are being taken near bottom in 100 to 150 foot of water.

Oswego River

The flow running at 610 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of April 9th. That is very low for this time of year. Look for steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs, beads and jigs. Smallmouth bass are also being taken, just a reminder it's catch and release only for them. For information on steelhead fishing please see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario tributaries link under the Salmon River report.

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

The river flow is down from last week and was 350 cfs as of April 9th. Steelhead are being caught on egg sacs (blue, pink, white mesh), beads, or egg imitating flies. The Upper Fly Fishing Section opened on April 1st. For more information on fishing for steelhead please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

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.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch is open and one dock is in.

Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, Seneca, Keuka, and Canandaigua lakes

Look for rainbow trout in the tributaries with egg sacs, beads or egg imitating flies. Just a reminder that the trout fishery is Sunrise to Sunset from April 1st to May 15th on the Finger Lakes tributaries. Though people are out fishing there is no real information to report at this time. Typically the south end of Cayuga is good for browns and Atlantics this time of year for anglers flat-lining with stickbaits. Yellow perch are typically biting on most of the waters in 20 foot or less. Hopefully there is more information to report in the next few weeks.

Otisco Lake, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers, Sandy Pond, Sodus Bay, Oneida Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky season closed on March 15th. as mentioned above though people have been out there is really no information. Hopefully there is more information next week.

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.

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.