Central New York Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015
Lake Ontario: Nothing to report.
Oneida Lake: Yellow perch were still being caught in some of the bays on small minnows. The shore walleye bite continued to provide a little action just before and after sunset. Stick baits, blade baits and shad-shaped crankbaits were still working.
Oswego River: Anglers were getting some steelhead and brown trout on egg sacs, beads or skein.
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; bottom bouncing or float fishing these baits are both working, depending on the day.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Perch fishing has picked up in the bays, but most are running on the small side.
Finger Lakes/Southern Tier
Cayuga Lake: Salmon were being taken around the lake by anglers taking advantage of the warm weather and fishing near the surface with spoons, flies or stick baits. Chain pickerel and an occasional northern pike were being taken in the north end.
Skaneateles Lake: The docks have been removed for the season. Rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon are hitting for anglers trolling or casting streamers, or small spoons, near the surface.
Susquehanna, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Unadilla rivers: A few walleye anglers were on the water, and the rivers looked great. But we’re not hearing much as far as the quality of the fishing.
Whitney Point Reservoir: Nothing to report, but given the warm weather organizers of the annual New York State Crappie Derby have to be getting a little nervous about the prospect of having safe ice for the February event.