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Central New York Fishing Hotline

October 12 - October 19

A reminder that there 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 (links leave DEC's website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st to March 30th. The 2018-19 Official guide has a picture of an angler holding a giant smallmouth bass on the cover. The Fishing Guide can be picked up where fishing licenses are sold, or viewed at Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Though there is plenty of good fishing left, we are hitting that time of year when hunting seasons are starting and as more anglers put down the fishing gear and begin heading to the woods, reports will become harder to get. So, there will likely be little new fishing information in coming weeks.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

The lake fishing is pretty much done for the season as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers.

Oswego River

The river is running at 5,980 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 10/12. More salmon, and a few brown trout and steelhead, have made their way into the river and are being taken on skein or egg imitating baits off the wall and by the dam. We had "summer like" weather this week which didn't help cool the water temperatures. With more fall like weather returning this weekend, water temperatures should begin to cool which should help.

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 at 335 cfs as of 10/12. Salmon are spread out from top to bottom of the river. With the Upper River seeing a lot of the fishing pressure and where most of the spawning activity is taking place. Good baits have been egg imitating flies and plastics, or streamers. Please view Pacific Salmon Fishing for more information on salmon fishing. Some steelhead are being caught in the lower river.

The annual salmon egg take started on October 9th at the Salmon River Fish Hatchery, Altmar. On days that the egg take is taking place, it typically begins around 9:30 AM and goes to around 12:30 PM, weekdays only.

Oneida Lake

After a week of above average temperatures it looks like the next week will be below average. That cool down should help to get the fall shore walleye bite going. Some anglers are getting a few from shore just before and after dark but it's been pretty slow so far. Yellow perch fishing has been good in 10 to 15 foot of water with small minnows working well.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 75 to 120 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Anglers trolling are getting fish 70 to 95 feet down.

The Mud Lock boat launch is closed due to construction as improvements are being made. This work will likely continue till late-October.

Owasco Lake

Lake trout are being taken in 65 to 90 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging. Some smallmouths are hitting near shore in 10 to 20 foot of water.

Otisco Lake

Look for largemouth bass in the weed beds on the north end and around Lader Point. Good baits have been Texas-rigged creature baits and tube baits. Also on the north end and along the causeway, try chatterbaits, spinnerbaits or large topwaters for tiger musky in 10 to 15 foot of water.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

This region was once again hit by heavy rains so no new information.

The Cannonhole Launch on the Susquehanna River is now back open.

Skaneateles Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, and Sandy Pond

No new information. If anyone would like to contribute to the hotline or if they have a good recommendation for a contact (baitshops, etc.), please contact the Region 7 Fisheries office at (607) 753-3095 ext. 213, or on-line at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.

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 fwfish8@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-226-5343.

Lake Ontario

The lake fishing is really slowing down as salmon are staging off river mouths, or have started entering the rivers. Casting spoons from piers is also working for salmon. Some cooler temperatures and some rain is needed to get fish moving into the tributaries.

Sodus Bay and Irondequoit Bay

Bass fishing remains good in the bays with plastics, spinnerbaits or topwaters over or in the weed beds. Yellow perch are starting to bite in the bays with small minnows or minnow imitating plastics working well.

Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca Lakes

No new information. 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 fwfish7@dec.ny.gov.

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.