Central New York Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016
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.
Among the region’s stocked trout waters are:
Cayuga County: Owasco Outlet, Owasco Inlet, Salmon Creek, Fall Creek and North Brook.
Cortland County: Casterline Pond, East Branch of the Tioughnioga River, West Branch of the Tioughnioga, Little York Lake, Merril Creek, and the Otselic River.
Madison County: Canaseraga Creek, Canastota Creek, Chittenango Creek, Cowaselon Creek, Old Chenango Canal, Payne Brook, Beaver Creek, Chenango River, Limestone Creek, Oneida Creek, Otselic River, Sangerfield River and Stone Mill Brook.
Schuyler County: Potomac Pond, Foster Pond, Ballard Pond, Cayuta Creek.
Steuben County: Canisteo River, Bennett Creek, Canaseraga Creek, Post Creek, Meads Creek and the Cohocton River.
Yates County: Keuka Lake Outlet.
Onondaga County: The county’s waters are stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. Their stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003 and can also be viewed at fishonondagacounty.com. Among the stocked waters are: Onondaga Creek, Spruce Pond, Limestone Creek, Green Lakes, Pools Brook, Spafford Brook, Ninemile Creek, Butternut Creek, Fabius Brook, Carpenters Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Furnace Brook and Geddes Brook.
Oswego County: North Branch Salmon River, Salmon River, Redfield Sportsmen’s Pond, Black Creek, Rice Creek and West Branch of Fish Creek.
Tompkins County: Enfield Creek, Trib. 4 of Enfield Creek, Virgil Creek, Buttermilk Creek, Fall Creek, Salmon Creek and Sixmile Creek.
Lake Ontario: Brown trout were still being taken in 10 to 25 feet of water on stickbaits or spoons, with the early morning and late-afternoon times being better during bright sunny days. When the brown trout bite slows try moving out deeper; anglers have been getting some lake trout and chinook salmon in 100 to 150 feet of water.
Oneida Lake: Walleye season is now open and some nice fish have already been caught. Shore anglers have been having some luck casting stickbaits. For both the shore and boat anglers, early morning or late afternoon has been more productive; the bright sunny days have made mid-day walleye fishing more difficult. Bluegills and pumpkinseeds were being taken in the bays on worms. Smallmouth bass were being found in 5 to 10 feet of water on crankbaits.
Oswego River: No word on how the walleye bite has been since the season opened. Using large stickbaits after dark is often a great way to catch walleye in the river. Bullhead were being taken around Wright’s Landing.
Salmon River: Things are slowing down on the river, which isn’t unusual for this time of year.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Look for yellow perch in the bays with small minnows. Bullhead were being taken on worms and black crappie were being caught on small minnows.
Sandy Pond: A few walleye were taken by anglers fishing stickbaits or jigs.