Central New York
Oneida Lake: Walleye action has been mixed. The area around the
mouth of the Barge Canal, Fish Creek and Oneida Creek have been
good. Pickerel fishing has been very good in Big Bay and shallow
water areas. Catch-and-release bass anglers are also doing well in
2-10 feet of water on swimbaits, flipping jigs, Senkos and
Onondaga Lake: Bass have moved into the shallows and are
beginning to make beds. A lot of vegetation has grown up in the
Oswego River: Walleye action has picked up, with fish hitting
large stick baits (Rapala 18s) trolled along the river to the
Lighthouse. Walleye are also being taken behind the post office on
night crawlers and leeches. Smallmouth bass are hitting tube jigs
and Twister Tails. Sheepshead are being caught throughout the river
on crayfish and night crawlers.
Salmon River: Steelhead fishing has slowed down.
Sandy Pond: Walleye and northern pike are being taken in the
ponds. Good baits have been large minnows for the pike and worms
for the walleyes. Black crappie fishing remains good, with fish are
hitting on small minnows.
Sodus Bay: Anglers getting out in boats are still catching
yellow perch on small minnows. Bluegill, rock bass and crappie
fishing has picked up. Northern pike are hitting on large minnows,
spinnerbaits and jerkbaits.
Irondequoit Bay: Northern pike are hitting on minnows and
spoons, either trolled or cast. Anglers are catching a few yellow
perch in 15 feet of water on small jigs tipped with spikes fished
under a float. Bass are hitting on spinnerbaits, top-waters and