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Central New York Fishing Hotline

April 30 - May 7

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

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky season starts the first Saturday of May which happens to be May 1st this year. 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.

There are some new changes to trout fishing regulations 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 30th. These streams, ponds and lakes are listed below. This page will be updated on Friday, May 7. For information on fishing for trout, please view Stream Trout Fishing.

Broome County - Patterson Pond (April 22), Nanticoke 7a (April 22), Little Choconut 2e (April 22), Finch Hollow Site 1 (Overbrook, April 22), Arctic Lake (April 21), Greenwood Lake (April 21), Nanticoke Lake (April 21), Palmers Pond (April 21)Oquagga Creek (April 5), Chenango Lake (April 22, March 31), Dudley Creek (March 22), East Br. Nanticoke Creek (March 22), and Nanticoke Creek (March 22).

Cayuga County - Fall Creek (April 21), North Brook (April 19), Salmon Creek (April 12), and Owasco Inlet (April 13).

Chenango County - Pharsalia Y Pond (April 27), Guilford Lake (April 27), Jeffrey Pond (April 27), Mill Brook Reservoir (April 27), Bowman Lake (April 15), Genegantslet Creek (April 5), and Otselic River (April 26, April 14, March 29).

Chemung County - Eldridge Lake (April 23, April 8), Park Station Pond (April 8), Cayuta Creek (April 16, March 26), Post Creek (March 29) and Sing Sing Creek (March 29).

Cortland County - East Br.Tioughnioga River(April 20), Casterline Pond (April 28, April 15), Durkee Park Pond (April 28, April 15), Little York Lake (April 15), West Br. Tioughnioga River (April 12), and Otselic River (April 5).

Madison County - Cowaselon Creek (April 15), Oneida Creek (April 15), Sangerfield River (April 14), Payne Brook (April 14), Limestone Creek (April 14), Beaver Creek (April 12), Chittenango Creek (April 21, April 12, 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 20, April 2, March 22), Canisteo River (March 30), and Meads Creek (March 31).

Schuyler County - Ballard Pond (April 28), Foster Pond (April 28), Potomac Pond (April 28), Cayuta Creek (April 16, March 26).

Tioga County - Catatonk Creek (April 15), Cayuta Creek (March 22), East Br. Owego Creek (March 22), Owego Creek (March 22), and West Br. Owego Creek (March 22).

Tompkins County - Sixmile Creek (April 23), Virgil Creek (April 22), Enfield Creek (April 19), Salmon Creek (April 12) and Fall Creek (April 13).

Lake Ontario

The cold and windy conditions continue making getting out difficult. Brown trout fishing remains challenging but some are being caught in 30+foot of water by anglers trolling with spoons or stickbaits. With the bright sun and clear water fishing has been more difficult and using planer boards and/or trolling well behind the boat is recommended. If you can find stained water try trolling in that area. with recent rains amount of stained water should increase. As the day brightens fishing deeper has also helped. Lake trout are being taken near bottom in 150 feet and deeper.

Oswego River

The flow running about the same as last week, and is at 3,990 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of April 30th. Steelhead and brown trout fishing typically winds down this time of year but a few are still being caught. Smallmouth bass are also being taken, just a reminder it's catch and release only for them. Also, just a reminder that walleye season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Look for walleye with jigs or large stickbaits.

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 285 cfs as of April 30th. Steelhead fishing typically is winding down this time of year but some steelhead are still being caught on egg sacs (blue, pink, white mesh), beads, and pink worms.

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

Just a reminder that walleye and northern pike season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Look for pike with large stickbaits or spinnerbaits. Yellow perch fishing has been slow as has the bullhead fishing.

Sandy Pond

Just a reminder that walleye and northern pike season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Try large stickbaits, spinnerbaits or spoons for the pike and stickbaits, jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Also a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Onedia Lake is 3 fish with a 15" minimum length. Walleye will likely be spread out from shallow to deep so cover water and try a variety of baits. Areas around creek and river mouths can often be good at the start of the season.

Otisco Lake

Just a reminder that walleye and tiger musky season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Look for tigers in 10 foot of water around any vegetation you can find. For walleye try the 15 to 20 foot zone trolling with stickbaits.

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 fwfish7@dec.ny.gov 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.

Cayuga Lake

Some brown trout and Atlantic salmon are being taken on the south end by anglers trolling stickbaits. Look for lake trout in 100 foot and deeper either trolling or vertical jigging.

Owasco Lake

Look for yellow perch in 20 to 30 foot of water on minnows or small jigs.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Just a reminder that walleye season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. The rain over the last few days will likely have the reservoir rising and getting turbid. Try crankbaits (like shad raps), jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye.

Seneca, Keuka, and Canandaigua lakes

Though people are out fishing there is no real information to report at this time. 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.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Just a reminder that walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger musky season starts the first Saturday of May, which happens to be May 1st this year. Recent rain events will likely have the rivers up and turbid.

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.