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Central New York Fishing Report – February 20th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Most of the small tributaries were frozen over so no new information to report.

Oneida Lake: Decent reports for ice action off Lewis Point for walleye in 25 to 30 feet of water on jigging Rapalas tipped with a spike or waxworm. Low-light conditions are best. Shackleton Shoals has been mentioned as a good spot for perch over 30-foot depths, but you have to move with the fish. Recent snow events have made traveling on the ice more difficult. Use caution; snowdrifts can cover pressure cracks, making them difficult to see. Anglers were getting out on most areas of the lake, with ice thickness reports ranging from 10 to 14 inches. Big Bay continued to see a lot of pressure and overall fishing continues to be hot and cold for bluegills and pumpkinseeds. For anglers looking to catch chain pickerel this would be a good spot to try with tip-ups and minnows. Other areas of the lake, like Lewis Point, Cleveland, Constantia and Chapman Park were still producing walleye and yellow perch. Walleye and perch are being taken in 12 to 30 feet of water with jigging spoons tipped with minnow heads working well. Anglers fishing for perch and walleye will occasionally catch a burbot through the ice. 

Oswego River: The lake-effect snow and cold temperatures have made fishing difficult, so few anglers have been out. Anglers had been getting a mix of brown trout and steelhead prior to the cold and snow..
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river. 

Salmon River: The area was hit by lake-effect snow and cold temperatures. Slush ice continued to make fishing more difficult on the mid and lower river. Shelf ice was also forming along the edges of sections of the river. Because of the slush ice, most anglers were fishing the upper river and overall fishing was slow again for those willing to brave the weather. With the cold temperatures, try fishing later in the day and in the deeper holes like the Schoolhouse, Wire Hole, and Trestle Pool. Good bait choices were egg sacs, trout beads or pink trout worms.
Irondequoit Bay: Recent snow events are making travel difficult on the ice. Ice reports varied but some areas of the bay have 6 to 10 inches of ice. Anglers fishing deep water, 30 feet or so, were still getting some yellow perch.

Sodus Bay: Like just about everywhere else, recent snow events have made travel difficult on the ice. Ice reports ranged from 10 to 14 inches. Fishing continued to be the same, with anglers are catching some yellow perch, but most were small. Overall fishing continued to be slow, and anglers moving around trying different areas and depths seem to be having better luck. Fishing with tip-ups and minnows was yielding some pike.

Sandy Pond: Snow and slush were making travel difficult on the ice. Ice reports ranged from 12 to 20 inches. Perch action was hot and cold. Small jigs tipped with spikes seemed to be working better than minnows. Pike fishing has been more productive on tip-ups set with minnows.

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