Central New York Fishing Report – January 10th, 2014
Lake Ontario: Steelhead and brown trout were still being taken in the tributaries when weather conditions allowed.
Oneida Lake: Ice fishermen, at last check, were on popular spots like Big Bay, Lewis Point and a few others. Most of the action was for bluegills, according to the few reports we’ve received. As always, keep an eye on changing conditions.
Oswego River: Anglers in drift boats had slower action recently with the cold and snow, but some steelhead and a few brown trout are still being taken. Good baits are egg sacs (pink, white or chartreuse mesh), egg imitating flies and plastics, and trout beads.
Salmon River: Definitely check the weather report before heading this way. Because of the snow and cold, there has been slush ice forming in the river, along with shelf ice forming along the shore in some of the deeper pools in the lower river. Steelhead fishing was solid at the end of the year, but cold weather brought slush ice into the mix and made fishing more difficult. Covering water and fishing the deeper pools seems to be producing more hook ups. Often fishing more during midday can help with avoiding some of the slush. If bottom bouncing or float fishing try egg sacs with pink, blue or chartreuse mesh or beads. If fly-fishing, try egg patterns and black stonefly nymphs.
Irondequoit Bay: Not hearing much, aside from anxious anglers waiting for safe ice.
Sodus Bay: Anglers were on the ice last week, with reports of a few perch.
Sandy Pond: Hard water anglers were on the pond, catching a few pike and perch at last check