Central New York Fishing Report – January 11th, 2013
Tributaries were up and there are some brown trout and steelhead being taken on egg sacs and egg-imitating flies. Perch were biting in the bays but launching boats continued to be difficult. Weather is a serious factor now as well.
The shore walleye bite continues to be slow and scattered, but right now ice fishing may be next up if the weather cooperates.
The area has received heavy snow and fishing has been more difficult with the higher water and snowfall, but some steelhead and brown trout were still being caught. The higher water makes access difficult in some areas. Drift boat anglers typically do better with the higher water. Good baits continue to be egg sacs, beads and egg-imitating flies.
The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are new mandatory PFD zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam.
The steelhead bite slowed down with the cold and snow. The deeper pools were good places to try with the lower water. Good baits were egg sacs (blue, pink, white or chartreuse mesh), trout beads and stonefly patterns.
Yellow perch fishing continued to be good, with perch being taken in 20 to 30 feet of water. Jigs tipped with spikes or small minnows are working well. Safe ice may not be far off, if Mother Nature cooperates.
Haven’t heard any reports of safe ice, but hard-water anglers are optimistic.