Central NY Fishing Report

April 12 - April 19

Angler Diary Cooperator Program and Reports

Most trout streams are running high and turbid at this time (April 11) after this week's rain events. This will make trout fishing difficult. If fishing in this high water, look for slack water areas where trout can get out of the current. A few sections of area streams and lakes will have been stocked by April 12th. These streams and lakes are:
Broome County - Oquaga Creek, Chenango Lake, Dudley Creek, Nanticoke Creek, and East Branch Nanticoke Creek.
Cayuga County- North Brook, Owasco Inlet, Salmon Creek and Fall Creek.
Chenango County - Otselic River and Genegantslet Creek.
Cortland County- Otselic River.
Madison County- Stonemill Brook, Beaver Creek, Canastota Creek, Limestone Creek, Payne Brook, Chittenango Creek, Canaseraga Creek, Chenango River, Cowaselon Creek, Old Chenango Canal, Oneida Creek, Sangerfield River, and the Otselic River.
Onondaga County- is stocked by Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003. Cold Brook, Onondaga Creek, West Br. Onondaga Creek, Tannery Creek, Spafford Brook, Furnace Brook, Fabius Brook, Limestone Creek, West Br. Limestone Creek, Geddes Brook, Carpenters Brook, Butternut Creek, and Skaneateles Creek.
Tioga County - Cayuta Creek, Catatonk Creek, East Branch of Owego Creek, Owego Creek, and West Branch of Owego Creek.
Tompkins County - Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek, Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and Sixmile Creek.

Just a reminder that Finger Lakes Tributary fishing is from sunrise to sunset through May 15. View Finger Lakes Tributary Regulations for more information. And please view Fishing for Stream Trout for advice on fishing for trout, and view Public Fishing Rights Brochures for streams in Central New York with public access.

All persons, regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet must wear a personal flotation device (PFD) from November 1st to May 1st.

Region 7

Lake Ontario

When the wind isn't blowing too hard and anglers can get out, they are getting some brown trout in 10 to 15 feet of water on stickbaits. Natural colors like black and silver, blue and silver and goby imitating have been working well. Look for the warmest water or flumes of off colored water coming out from tributaries or bays.

Oswego River

With the heavy rains this week the water flow is up from last week and is approximately 10,200 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 04/11. This water level makes shore fishing extremely difficult, except for maybe behind the hotels. Before the high water, anglers were getting steelhead and some nice brown trout with egg sacs working well.
Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are new Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. This regulation was implemented by the City of Oswego and Brookfield Power. For more information, view the Visit Oswego County web site.

Salmon River

This river is also up from last week and is running at 1,650cfs, as of 04/11. The steelhead bite has been slow over the last week and this higher water will make fishing the lower river more difficult. There are reports of drop-backs being caught. A drop-back is a steelhead that has finished spawning and is on its way back to the lake. These fish are often very aggressive (hungry) after the rigors of spawning and are more willing to bite. Fish are still being found throughout the river, with the area between Altmar and Pulaski continuing to see the most pressure. Good baits are egg sacs, beads, pink worms, night crawlers and streamers.

Sandy Pond

Little activity to report on the pond, but yellow perch, bluegill and bullhead should be biting.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Due to the heavy rains the water is up and turbid, so no new fishing information.

Otisco Lake

No new fishing information.

Oneida Lake

Shore anglers are starting to catch some bullhead. Black crappie should be beginning to bite in Toad Harbor, minnows or small plastics are always good choices there. The walleye egg take at the Oneida Fish Hatchery (Constantia) has been completed. There should still be a few walleye to see through the weekend (April 13-14) though. The hatchery is open to the public from 8:30 to 3:30.

Cayuga Lake

Anglers trolling stickbaits or spoons near the surface are catching brown trout on the south end. Look for the warmest water, with the tributaries up and turbid there should be a good flume of off colored water entering the lake. Be careful as that also means more debris floating around. Lake trout are being taken by anglers vertical jigging in 125 to 150 feet of water. Anglers fishing the north end are getting yellow perch on minnows or spikes. A lot of small perch are being caught for every "good" one. The heavy rains this week have brought the tributaries up and white suckers are now running. The sucker run usually indicates that the rainbow run is winding down. There should still be some rainbows in the tributaries though, and when the water subsides covering lots of water is probably your best bet.

We have received a few calls from anglers looking for information on smelt runs on Cayuga and Owasco Lakes. Unfortunately, we have no information to offer on the smelt runs, especially on Owasco which take place entirely on posted private land. Information for the hotline is based on what information we get from anglers, bait shops or fishing web sites. Anglers going smelting generally don't need to stop at bait shops so we are less inclined to hear about it. Smelt runs also tend to be very hit or miss (should have been here yesterday, or an hour ago..etc.), one minute there none around you and and hour latter there's bunches. So the best way to find out if their running is by simply going.

Owasco Lake

Anglers getting out on the north end are catching some yellow perch.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch ramp is open and one dock is in. Anglers getting out in boats are catching some yellow perch on the north end. A few lake trout are also being taken by the perch anglers.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla Rivers

No new fishing information as the rivers are very high and muddy. Remember, walleye season is closed until May 4th.

Eastern Region 8

A few sections of area streams and lakes will have been stocked by April 11th. These streams and lakes are;
Chemung County - Eldridge Lake, Park Station Pond, Cayuta Creek, Post Creek, Sing Sing Creek, Wyncoop Creek and Newton Creek.
Schuyler County- Cayuta Creek.
Steuben County -Canisteo River, Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek, Post Creek, Cohocton River and Meads Creek.

Lake Ontario

Brown trout are being taken in 10 to 15 feet of water on stickbaits or spoons. Steelhead are being taken on egg sacs in Maxwell.

Seneca Lake

Brown trout and Atlantic salmon are hitting on spoons and stickbaits trolled near the surface, or below the surface with lead core. Lake trout are hitting spoons and flasher and flies fished 60 to 150 feet down. Anglers fishing off the pier are catching yellow perch, bluegills and a few black crappies. The panfish are hitting on fathead minnows and waxworms.

Genesee River

The River has been difficult fishing with the higher muddier water conditions. Steelhead fishing has been good when the river has been down and slightly off-colored, with egg sacs working well.

Sodus Bay

Yellow perch fishing continues to be slow with anglers still sorting through a lot of small perch to get some larger fish. Depending on the day, minnows or waxworms have been working. Anglers fishing by the bridge are getting some bluegills and crappies and no word on bullheads yet.

Irondequoit Bay

Anglers fishing the deeper water areas are getting some yellow perch, as with Sodus there are a lot of small perch being caught for every "keeper".

Keuka Lake

Anglers vertical jigging with plastics in 110 to 160 feet are catching good numbers of lake trout. Tubes and fluke style plastics have been working well. Trolling is also working for anglers fishing spoons or flasher and flies 140 to 160 feet down.

Canandaigua Lake

The Woodville Fishing Access Site (FAS) boat launch is now open. Temporary docks have been installed and the permanent docks will be installed later in the year. If you have questions regarding the boat launch please call 585-226-5343.

The fishing line can also be heard at (607) 753-1551.