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Central New York Fishing Report – February 6th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Steelhead and brown trout were still being taken in the tributaries when conditions permitted, with egg sacs, egg pattern flies and wooly buggers generally getting the job done.

Oneida Lake: Anglers were getting out, near shore on most areas of the lake. Big Bay has been seeing a lot of pressure and was producing bluegill and pumpkinseeds. For anglers looking to catch chain pickerel this would also be a good spot; try tip-ups and minnows. Other areas of the lake, like Lewis Point, Cleveland, Constantia and Chapman Park were producing walleye and yellow perch. Anglers fishing for perch and walleye occasionally catch a burbot through the ice. 

Oswego River: Anglers getting out were still catching steelhead and brown trout, primarily on egg sacs.
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river. 

Salmon River: Cold temperatures are causing slush ice to form, especially in the mid and lower river, which can make fishing difficult. Shelf ice was also forming along the edges of parts of the river at last report. Often, fishing latter in the day when it warms up a bit can help. Because of the slush ice, most anglers were fishing the upper river and overall fishing was slow. Try the deeper holes with egg sacs, trout beads or pink trout worms.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Hard-water anglers were catching some yellow perch, but a lot of small ringbacks. Fishing had been slow at last check; anglers running and gunning seemed to be having better luck. 

Braddock Bay: Good ice at last check. Yellow perch and northern pike are the usual targets at Braddock, but the recent bite has been slow for most. The adjacent Long and Cranberry ponds also offer ice fishing opportunities.

Silver Lake: Anglers fishing the south end shallows for bluegill and northern pike report a very slow bite. Deeper waters of 20 feet plus have produced fair catches of yellow perch. Ice anglers can access the south end at Silver Lake State Park on the west side or by Mack’s Restaurant on the east side. There is also public access on the northeast side at Village of Perry Public Beach.

Honeoye Lake: Anglers fishing the south end shallows of 8 to 15 feet have been catching some nice-sized bluegill and pumpkinseed, as well as some crappie during low-light periods. Deeper water of 20 feet plus is a better bet for yellow perch. The occasional walleye has been caught in both shallow and deep areas. Tip-ups with shiners produce catches of largemouth bass and chain pickerel in shallower areas. Black bass fishing on Honeoye is open through March 15, and anglers are permitted a daily limit of 5, with a 12-inch minimum length. Anglers can find public access at the southeast corner of the lake at Honeoye Lake Public Boat Launch and at the north end at Sandy Bottom Beach.

Conesus Lake: At the north end, anglers were catching a fair number of keeper bluegills, along with many smaller fish. Some crappie have shown during low-light periods, and tip-ups with shiners have produced the occasional northern pike.

Sandy Pond: Try tip-ups and minnows for pike and small jigs tipped with spikes for yellow perch. Fishing had been slow at last check.

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