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Adirondacks Fishing Reports

Adirondacks Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Safe ice now exists almost everywhere you turn in the North Country, but always use caution and keep an eye on rapidly changing conditions.

Lake Champlain: Anglers were pulling perch on the north end of the lake, and picking up perch and northern pike in South Bay. Not hearing a lot on the fishing front in other areas of the lake, aside from the safe ice reports.

Indian Lake: Ice anglers were picking up decent numbers of perch and smelt.

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Capital District Fishing Reports

Capital District Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Lake George anglers were beginning to hit the ice in some spots, including Million Dollar Beach. Not hearing any reports on the fishing, and check www.iceshanty.com or contact FISH 307 for condition updates.

Cossayuna Lake: Ice anglers are on, but we haven’t heard a lot on how they’re doing.

Tomhannock Reservoir: Safe ice, but remember, you also need a fishing permit from the city of Troy.

Great Sacandaga Lake: Offering up a few walleye and northern pike.

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Catskills Fishing Reports

Catskills Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

This is not a time to tackle the Catskill streams, which are making ice. Some are also closed by regulation to fishing. Your better option will be to attend the Flyfest at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum on Feb. 7.  

Catskill Flies

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Central New York Fishing Reports

Central New York Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Lake Ontario: Steelhead and brown trout were being taken in the tributaries with egg sacs, egg pattern flies and wooly buggers working. The recent cold spell may have put an end to that, however.

Oneida Lake: Hard-water anglers are hitting all the traditional spots now – Big Bay, Lewis Point, Constantia, Godfrey Point and others – with sunfish and bluegills providing the bulk of the action. Not hearing much on the walleye front. You might pick up the occasional burbot, as well.

Oswego River: The area has seen some lake-effect snow and very cold weather, so check the forecast before heading out. Anglers were still getting some nice brown trout and steelhead, and good baits have been pink trout worms, egg sacs, and trout beads. Fishing them under a float or bottom bouncing have both been working, so if not catching them one way try the other.

Salmon River: Lake-effect snow and cold weather may limit fishing. Steelhead were being found in the deeper holes, with good baits being egg sacs, stoneflies, beads and pink trout worms

Irondequoit Bay: We’re hearing ice anglers are on in spots, but not much more at this point. Use caution is you venture out, but the weather report seems favorable.

Braddock Bay: Anglers were reportedly ice fishing in some parts of the bay.

Sodus Bay: Perch and bluegills were being taken on the fishable spots, notably the Leroy Island area. 

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Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Reports

Finger Lakes/Southern Tier Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Cayuga Lake: Nothing on the open water front now, but ice anglers were out on the northern end. No reports yet of how they’re doing.

Honeoye Lake: Anglers were drilling holes and fishing parts of the lake, with decent reports of a mix of perch, crappie and bluegills.

Keuka Lake: No report on the ice fishing front yet.

Owasco Lake: Anglers were waiting for safe ice, which may have arrived by now, at least in the south end of the lake.

Otsego Lake: Not hearing of any ice fishing activity yet.

Otisco Lake: Hard-water anglers were on the north end of the lake, with reports of bluegills, crappie and the occasional tiger muskie being caught. Keep an eye on changing conditions.

Skaneateles Lake: The DEC launch was closed for the season.

Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Not hearing anything, but ice fishing may be possible in some coves. Anglers with a solid knowledge of the rivers are now on some of the traditional spots. Use caution.

Whitney Point Reservoir: Anglers were on the reservoir and catching some perch, crappie, and a few good walleye. That said, the Almost-Annual New York State Crappie Derby was pushed back by a week (to Feb. 14) to allow for a bit more ice formation. Go online to www.crappiederby.com for updates.

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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

The codfishing off Montauk Point remained consistent, with most anglers reporting 3 to 5 cod caught in the 4- to 8-pound class. Most of the action is from open and charter boats.  Pool fish typically weighed in between 15 and 20 pounds, with a few cod approaching the 30-pound mark reported. Both jigs and clams worked well.

Open and charter boats continued to run out of each port along the South Shore for cod and ling, but many have been hauled for the winter or have secured berths at Montauk Point for the winter cod season.

The porgy and sea bass season closed during this report period.  The season ended with excellent sea bass fishing on the wrecks from the 20-fathom line and deeper. Porgies, ling and bluefish were mixed in with the sea bass.  

A few mackerel have been reported in New York Bight. Some boats have reported excellent herring fishing also.

There were no freshwater reports of late as most of the lakes have frozen over.  

The seasons for most migratory game birds are open, but check the latest regulations before heading out. The weekend special firearms season is open for deer in Suffolk County through January.

Guy Zummo 

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Southeastern New York Fishing Reports

Southeastern New York Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Here’s a list of potential early-ice options in the region, but, as always, check conditions before you venture out.

Ulster County: Chodikee Lake, Onteora Lake, Louisa Pond

Sullivan County: Morningside Lake, Mongaup Pond, Lake Superior

Orange County: Glenmere Lake, Round Lake, some Harriman State Park lakes

Dutchess County: Stissing Pond, Morgan Pond, Whaley Lake

Putnam County: White Pond, East Branch Reservoir

Westchester County: Muscoot Reservoir.

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Thousand Islands Fishing Reports

Thousand Island Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

St. Lawrence River: Ice fishing options abound now, and anglers are hitting the traditional hot spots such as Lake of the Isles, Eel Bay, Goose Bay and Chippewa Bay. Use big minnows for northern pike, fatheads or spikes while jigging for perch. Reports have been mixed as far as the quality of the fishing; many anglers say they have to sort through plenty of small perch.

Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sports in Hammond reports plenty of ice, with about 8-10 inches of snow on top. Travel is good if you’re on a snow machine or ATV and aren’t trying to pull anything behind it. Anglers were connecting on a few good walleye, decent numbers of northern pike and plenty of panfish, although many – notably the crappie – were running on the small side.

Chapman's Black Lake

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Western New York Fishing Reports

Western New York Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Your best bet for catching trout is in Eighteen Mile Creek below Burt Dam area, but even that water was a bit stained at last look. That said, it should be good by now. The frigid temperatures will probably create some shoreline ice so caution is advised no matter where you will be fishing. Keg Creek was back to flowing again and there were fish to be caught but that could be iced over now. The piers were ice-covered so that’s out. However, on the subject of ice, Wilson harbor could be fishable with safe ice. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: Flows were all good in the tributaries, but the combination of snow and cold was posing a problem. Shelf ice and slush were hampering shoreline access. Your best bet is to cast the fishing platform in Dunkirk for trout with spoons or spinners. Live bait under a float will also catch fish at the warm water discharge area.

Upper Niagara River: The upper river wasn’t fishable at last report, with turbid, cold conditions. Check some of the harbors and marinas around the river for safe ice.

Lower Niagara River: The lower river fishing was pretty much a wash as turbid, cold conditions hurt any chance for success. Don’t forget about the Lake Ontario Marketplace that LOTSA will conduct on that Sunday (Jan. 25) of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, which runs from Jan. 23-25. More than 60 additional tables – over and above the 100-booth expo – will be showcased. To find out more about the expo, go online at www.niagarafishingexpo.com. The Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest run by the Niagara River Anglers Association is set for Feb. 7 this year. For more information go to                       www.niagarariveranglers.com. 

Buffalo Small Boat Harbor: The inner harbor had good ice. Better ice was in the south end (back) of harbor, and ice gets thinner toward the piers. Harbor anglers generally catch yellow perch and sunfish on small jigs tipped with grubs. Tip-ups with shiners produce the occasional northern pike.

Cattaraugus County lakes: There has been some ice fishing activity on Harwood and Allen Lake. Harwood and Allen Lakes mostly offer fishing for smaller yellow perch and a variety of sunfish. However, there is also the opportunity to catch large breeder trout that were stocked in the fall from the Randolph Fish Hatchery. No word on conditions at Case, New Albion, Red House or Quaker lakes.

Chautauqua Lake: Chautauqua Lake was locked up and could be offering some safe ice based on the weather reports. Use caution. Look for places like Burtis Bay to be accessible by now. Some dock anglers were drilling holes and fishing in Ashville Bay off the dock itself. 

Orleans County: With the low water conditions on most of the tributaries within Orleans County, most are either frozen over or at least have slush and shore ice formed. There are the usual areas of Oak Orchard Creek that remain open due to faster moving waters and those areas are producing steelhead/rainbow trout and also an occasional brown trout. Egg-sucking leeches, Woolly Buggers and egg patterns are the most mentioned flies. On Lake Alice, there was some ice fishing taking place near the shoreline close to the Kenyonville Bridge but no reports on what is being caught yet.

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