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Central New York Fishing Hotline

December 3 - December 17

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.

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.

It's getting that time of year and reports are getting harder to come by as anglers put down their fishing gear and begin heading to the woods. This trend will continue through the fall/early winter until ice fishing begins. So, there will likely be little new fishing information in coming weeks.

All of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed, so please plan accordingly.

A reminder that from Nov 1 to May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater's Guide. A link can be found in the right hand column under Links Leaving the DEC Website.

Expanded opportunities for trout fishing in inland streams started on Oct 16 and runs through March 31.The catch-and-release, artificial lures only season is a product of the new Statewide Trout Stream Management Plan. Anglers venturing to inland trout streams should check the DEC's interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map on the DECinfo locator. The map provides anglers a one-stop-shop for information about stocking, fishing access, season dates and regulations. To get started you can use the Trout Stream Fishing Map User Guide and for more information on the expanded opportunity please view the Catch-and Release season press release.

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Oswego River

The flow is about the same as last week and is 13,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of December 3. For steelhead and brown trout try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms, either bottom bounced or fished under a float. See Salmon River report below for link to information on steelhead fishing.

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 flow is down from the last few weeks and is 750 CFS as of December 3. Steelhead are being caught throughout the river but with the recent higher water a lot of the activity has been in the upper river. Try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms fished under a float or bottom bounced, if fly fishing try egg imitating fly patterns. Please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for more information.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Oneida Lake is still 3 fish with a 15 inch minimum length. South Shore docks have been removed.

Skaneateles Lake

The docks have been removed.

Otisco Lake

The dock has been removed.

Cayuga Lake

The Route 34B bridge over Salmon Creek will be under construction starting on November 8th and no access will be allowed to the work area under the bridge.

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

No new information. Most waters are still running high at this time from recent rain events. Use caution if boating as there is likely debris floating around.

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.