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Central New York Fishing Hotline

July 30 - August 6

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

The 2021 Freshwater Fishing Guide has been printed and distributed. It's a smaller sized guide with a black and white cover and It can also be viewed online at Freshwater fishing Guide.

Lake Ontario

Salmon are being caught in 150 to 500+ foot of water on cut-bait, spoons and lashers and flies. Down depths have ranged from 50 to 150 feet. For brown trout try the 40 to 60 foot zone. Lake trout are being taken near bottom in 110 to 200 foot of water. Look for smallmouth bass in 5 to 20 foot with tube jigs, jerkbaits or spinnerbaits.

Oswego River

The flow is down from last week and is at 3,170 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of July 30th. Try tube jigs, drop-shot rigs or crayfish for the smallmouth bass and for walleye try big stickbaits or jigs. Catfish and sheepshead can be caught on cut-bait or crabs.

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

No new information, which is normal for this time of year.

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

Bass fishing has been bass good around the weed beds with stickworms and some northern pike are also being caught.

Sandy Pond

For bass try around the weed beds with spinnerbaits or Texas rigged worms.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Oneida Lake is 3 fish with a 15" minimum length. Walleye are still being taken in the 20 to 25 foot range. Look for bass around the shoals with stickbaits or swimbaits and around weed beds with Texas rigged worms or top-waters. Just a reminder there are a lot of chain pickerel around so you may want to use a wire leader if using an expensive or your "favorite" lure. There is a big bass tournament on the lake 7/29 to 7/31so expect more boat traffic.

Otisco Lake

For walleye try the 15 to 20 foot zone trolling with stickbaits and for tiger musky try casting large spinners, spinnerbaits or stickbaits along shore or over the flat on the north end. For bass try Texas rigged baits around the weed beds or flipping creature baits into the weed beds.

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.

Skaneateles Lake

Damage was done to a section of the northern dock which had to be removed for repairs, so currently there is limited dock space available at the launch when launching. For smallmouth bass and rock bass try wacky rigged stick worms, drop-shot, Ned-rig or tube jigs in 15 to 25 foot of water.

Cayuga Lake

Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them if trolling. Using a heaver pound test line can help with the fleas and vertical jigging is also an option if they get too bad. Weed matts have also been an issue at times when trolling. Look for lake trout in 60 to 150 foot of water vertical jigging, or trolling over 100 foot of water and out. Look for bass along shore and in weed beds in deeper water. Try stickworms, spinnerbaits and topwaters. Just a reminder there are a lot of chain pickerel around so you may want to use a wire leader if using an expensive or your "favorite" lure.

Owasco Lake

Water fleas have been an issue at times so be prepared to deal with them if trolling (see Cayuga Lake or tips). For lake trout try trolling or vertical jigging in 80 to 120 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

No information to report this week.

Canandaigua Lake

Look for lake trout in 100 foot of water either trolling or vertical jigging.

Whitney Point Reservoir

No new information.

Keuka Lake

Lake trout are being caught in 110 to 120 foot of water using live sawbellies or vertical jigging with green paddle tail jigs near the bottom.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

The Canon Hole boat launch will be closed for repair and paving from 7/22 to 7/30 weather permitting. Look for walleye in the deeper holes with jigs or crankbaits. Try tube jigs or crankbaits for the smallmouth bass.

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.