Oneida Lake: These warmer days continue to improve the panfish
bite. Fishing in the shallow water in the many bays and marinas was
producing a mix of panfish. Bluegills and crappies are also being
taken in Toad Harbor, Big Bay and Maple Bay. Small minnows and jigs
tipped with spikes are working.
Onondaga Lake: Water temperatures are slowly rising and are in
the high 50s. Bass have moved into the shallows but are ultra
spooky. Jerkbaits, Senkos and flipping jigs should work with a
little chop on the water or some cloud cover.
Oswego River: Steelhead were being caught behind the Hotels and
Lock 7 on egg sacs, night crawlers, minnows and bucktail jigs.
Yellow perch were hitting around the East Side Marina and near the
Coast Guard Station on worms and minnows.
Salmon River: Steelhead fishing remained good and there were a
lot of fish in the river and its tributaries still. Fish were
spread out and in different stages of spawning. Good baits are egg
sacs (pink and white mesh), night crawlers and pink worms
Sandy Pond: Yellow perch fishing has slowed but some are still
hitting in 5-10 feet of water. Crappie fishing has been very good
around docks and shorelines for anglers using small minnows.
Bullhead are starting to hit for anglers fishing after dark with
Sodus Bay: Anglers getting out in boats are still catching
yellow perch on small minnows. Fish are mostly done spawning and
spread out so keep searching. Bluegills and crappie fishing has
picked up with the warmer weather and anglers are catching them on
minnows and small jigs. A few bullheads are starting to bite and
are hitting on leeches but action was surprisingly slow.
Irondequoit Bay: Anglers were catching yellow perch in 10 feet
of water on small jigs (both plastic and bucktail) tipped with
spikes fished under a float. Brown trout were hitting small
spinners in Irondequoit Creek. Bass were hitting on