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Central New York Fishing Hotline

November 23 - December 4

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, and Oneida Lake Fishing Report (leaves DEC website).

The New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide runs from April 1st of the current year to March 30th of the following year. The new guide which started on April 1, 2020, has a cover photo of angler holding walleye. It has been sent out to locations that sell licenses but unfortunately, because of COVID-19, many of these retailers are currently closed. The guide is available to view on our web site at the above link.

Under a new law, known as 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

It's that time of year again when many anglers are putting down the fishing gear and heading to the woods. Though there is plenty of fishing left reports will be harder to come by, because of this there will be little new information to record in the near future, at least until ice begins to form. So, reports will be going to every two weeks instead of weekly until ice fishing reports start.

Also, as a word of warning, all of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed. So, please plan accordingly.

Oswego River

The flow is up from recent rain and snow and is running at 2,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of November 23. Steelhead and brown trout are being taken in the river on egg sacs and beads. For information on steelhead fishing please see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario tributaries link under the Salmon River report.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and 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 335 cfs as of November 23. Steelhead along with a few brown trout are being caught on egg sacs (blue mesh), beads, or egg imitating flies. Anglers covering water are having the best luck at this time. For more information on fishing for steelhead please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Section is open through November 30, than closes until April 1st.

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

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is 3 fish, 15-inches or greater.

Some walleye are still being taken by anglers casting stickbaits (minnow imitating lures) just before and after dark from shore.

Cayuga Lake

It's that time of year when there should be some Atlantic salmon and brown trout in the tributaries. It's very unpredictable and usually requires an angler to cover some ground to find some fish. Often rain events help trigger a run.

Work is being done on the Rte. 34B bridge over Salmon Creek. Because of that access will be restricted in the work area under the bridge. You will still be able to fish above and below but will not be able to fish, or walk through, the work area at the bridge.

Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, Sodus Bay, Owasco, Skaneateles, Otisco, Seneca, Keuka, and Canandaigua lakes, Chenango, Whitney Point Reservoir, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

All of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed. So, please plan accordingly.
No other new information to report for these waters.

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.