Cayuga Lake: Snow and slush were making travel difficult on the lake. Keep an eye out for pressure cracks. Ice reports indicated 8 to 12 inches on the north end. Anglers were getting yellow perch and pickerel.
Seneca Lake: Anglers braving the wind and cold temperatures were getting yellow perch from shore at Sampson State Park. To get to the perch you must have equipment that allows you to make a very long cast.
Canandaigua Lake: Little has changed, with ice reports for the north end ranging from 4 to 8 inches and 3 to 4 inches on the south end. Snow may have hampered ice formation and made for difficult travel in spots where hard water action was taking place.
Honeoye Lake: Snow was making for tough travel. Some perch, bluegills and pickerel to be had, however.
Conesus Lake: Plenty of bluegills, but real tough going on the ice with snow and slush.
Keuka Lake: Anglers have been fishing the north end at Penn Yan, but we’re not hearing much on the action.
Owasco Lake: Wind and snow hampered ice formation on Owasco. As a result we’re not hearing much.
Otisco Lake: Like other places, snow and slush were making travel on the ice difficult. There was 8 to 10 inches of ice being reported on the north end, and 6 to 8 inches by the county park at last check. The north end was producing bluegill, pumpkinseeds and an occasional black crappie. No word on the other areas of the lake. Use caution if you head out.
Skaneateles Lake: There was reportedly 5 inches of ice on the north end, with anglers getting some yellow perch early and late in the day. Not hearing anything at the south end; safe ice may be lacking.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: Ice anglers were having a solid year on the Susquehanna in particular, with good ice reported in the traditional coves and backwaters. Walleye have been cooperating in the evening, with a carp or channel catfish mixed in at times. No reports on any muskie catches; chances are some have been hooked, but getting them up the hole is another matter entirely.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Snow and slush were making travel on the ice difficult, but safe ice was available – enough to hold the Almost-Annual Crappie Derby this year. Anglers were still getting some white crappie, yellow perch and walleye.