Central New York

Honeoye Lake: The ice has returned at the south end of the lake,
according to Dan Sharp at Honeoye Bait and Tackle. The bite has
been primarily on jigs and mousies, although anglers also took a
fair amount of walleye on tip-ups.

Oneida Lake: Big Bay and North Bay saw some of the first
hard-water action late last month, and anglers were scoring well on
walleye. Most of the lake may be safe by now, but use caution on
the big water.

Oswego River: The Oswego River has been running around 10,000
cfs. There were good numbers of brown trout and steelhead in the
river. Fishing at Varick Street Dam, around Lock 7 and behind the
hotels with chartreuse or pink egg sacs has been working for both
browns and steelhead, if weather and conditions permit.

Salmon River: The Salmon River was running at 500 cfs at last
look. Heavy lake effect snow dumped around three feet of snow on
the area last month. Fishermen getting to the river were having
some success fishing the deeper pools in the upper section of river
with egg sacs fished under floats, or bottom bouncing with single
eggs, egg sacs and nymphs. Good egg sac colors have been blue and

Sandy Pond: Due to the three feet of lake effect snow the area
received there were no ice fishing reports.

Sodus Bay: Perch fishing has been very good for anglers using
minnows and small jigs. A few northern pike are also being caught
through the ice.

Irondequoit Bay: Hard-water anglers were picking up some keeper
perch and bluegill but at the same time were battling some murky
water conditions.

Braddocks Bay: Generally safe ice at last look, with anglers
picking up some keeper perch and a few decent-sized northers.

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