Central New York Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com) and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web pages as well.

Fishing reports are beginning to become more difficult to get. This is normal for this time of year as more anglers begin pulling their boats for the winter and begin focusing more on hunting than fishing. Things will likely continue to be slow until safe ice arrives.

A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a PFD while in motion. 

Also, keep in mind many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly or may have been removed already.

Lake Ontario: Brown trout and steelhead were available in Maxwell Creek. 

Oneida Lake: Yellow perch were still being caught in some of the bays by anglers using small minnows. The shore walleye bite continued to provide some action just before and after sunset. 

Oswego River: Anglers were picking up some steelhead and brown trout on beads or skein.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river. 

Salmon River: Most of the steelhead activity was still taking place in the mid-to-upper river. For the steelhead try salmon egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh, pink trout worms, single egg pattern flies or nymphs. The Upper Fly Section is now closed.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Some northern pike were being taken in Sodus Bay around the Islands. Perch fishing has been slow of late.

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