Central New York Fishing Report – January 24th, 2014

Lake Ontario: Steelhead were still being taken in the tributaries, but accessing and fishing for them may become more difficult with the snow and cold. Suggested baits are egg sacs, single eggs and small (1/32-1/64-ounce) jigs.

Oneida Lake: There were earlier reports of 5-10 inches of ice in some areas of the lake. Big Bay was producing bluegills, pumpkinseeds and some nice crappie on small jigs tipped with spikes. Walleye and perch were being taken in 18-20 feet of water on jigging spoons tipped with minnows. Some good areas have been Chapman Park, Lewis Point, Sylvan Beach and Cleveland. Pickerel are biting on minnows throughout the lake. Check for ice conditions before heading out; things have been changing almost daily this winter, it seems.

Oswego River: Anglers in drift boats were getting some steelhead and a few brown trout. Good baits were egg sacs (pink, white or chartreuse mesh) and trout beads.
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river.

Salmon River:  Steelhead fishing has been good for anglers braving the cold and fishing in the deeper pools in the upper river. 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. And, as always, keep an eye on changing water levels.

Irondequoit Bay: There were reports of 4-6 inches of ice on the bay. Like Sodus, perch fishing has been slow.

Sodus Bay: There were reports of 5-6 inches of ice on the bay earlier this month. Perch fishing has been slow over all, but some were being taken on minnows or jigs tipped with spikes.

Cuba Lake: Good ice at last check, but keep in mind it may be a bit thinner up by the inlet. Cuba offers decent fishing for walleye, crappie, yellow perch and sunfish.

Loon Lake: Loon Lake had good solid ice lakewide at last report. Anglers primarily catch modest numbers of bluegill and yellow perch. Chain pickerel offer good action on tip-ups with minnows.

Sandy Pond: There were reports of 8-10 inches of ice on the pond at last check. Perch fishing has been slow, but pike are biting on large minnows fished under tip-ups. Some anglers were having excellent luck on the northerns.

Braddock Bay: The bay had good ice at last report. The bite has been slow for most, although some nice sized-perch and pike have been caught. The adjacent Long and Cranberry ponds also offer ice fishing opportunities.

Conesus Lake: Most of the lake had good, solid ice, but waterfowl continued to keep a pocket of water open near the north end. At the north end off Vitale Park anglers have been catching decent numbers of bluegill on jigs with waxworms or spikes. Anglers have set many tip-ups for northern pike with very few flags. Keep an eye on ice conditions.

Honeoye Lake: Anglers were on Honeoye earlier this month, and those fishing the south end shallows of 8 to 15 feet of water have been catching a mix of bluegill, pumpkinseed, largemouth bass and chain pickerel. Deeper water of 18 feet plus is a better bet for yellow perch, with some nice-sized perch of 12 inches caught recently. The occasional walleye has been caught in both deep and shallow areas.

Categories: Central NY, New York Fishing Reports

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *