Central New York Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016
A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all people regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway.
A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. Among them: 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 page as well.
Tip of the week: When jigging for bluegill or crappie, cover the entire water column by working your lure from just under the ice to just off bottom. It’s not uncommon for fish to be 5 feet down over 10 feet of water.
Lake Ontario: A few steelhead were still being caught in Maxwell Creek, and brown trout and steelhead were being taken in Irondequoit Creek.
Oneida Lake: There have been a lot of anglers out on Big Bay with 4 inches of ice being reported. The warm-up likely impact conditions, so check with Bartel Road Bait & Tackle for updates; they will also likely have information on the status of the New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series event set for Feb. 13.
Oswego River: The area has received some lake-effect snow and cold temperatures, making fishing difficult. When anglers are able to get out they’re still getting steelhead and brown trout on egg sacs or beads.
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river.
Salmon River: The cold weather and snow has made fishing difficult; slush ice has also been a problem. 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.
Irondequoit Bay: No report of late.
Sodus Bay: Quiet.
Silver Lake: Ice anglers have been fishing the south end. Anglers have not been venturing too far north since the middle of the lake was still open at last report. South end anglers reported slow fishing for bluegill, perch and northern pike.
Honeoye Lake: There was some big news on the lake, and it came in the form of a big fish – a 40¼4-inch northern pike caught by Rich Wood of Honeoye Falls while fishing hard water for the first time ever. He was using a tip-up rigged with a shiner and although the catch occurred during the New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series event, Wood wasn’t entered. He was simply helping out tourney director Tim Thomas that day. The fish topped the 20-pound mark and DEC officials say it’s the biggest northern they’ve ever heard of being taken from Honeoye.
The south end had some safe ice at last look, and anglers have been fishing out of the state launch. Ice was not ready over deeper water or at the north end but things could have changed by now. South end anglers reported decent catches of bluegill and perch, with the occasional crappie. Tip-ups with shiners generally produce catches of largemouth bass and chain pickerel in shallower areas, with the chance to catch a walleye as well. Bass fishing on Honeoye Lake is open through March 15, and anglers are permitted a daily limit of 5, with a 12-inch minimum length.
Keep an eye on conditions and use caution if you go. Rescue crews pulled pair of anglers from the water last month after they broke through the ice near Trident Marine.
Sandy Pond: Not hearing a lot, and ice conditions may be the reason.