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New York Fishing Report – May 24-June 4

Central New York

Lake Ontario

Brown trout fishing has been challenging but some are being caught in 40 foot of water by anglers trolling with spoons or stickbaits early in the morning. If you can find stained water try trolling in that area. Lake trout fishing has been more consistent and fish are being taken near bottom in 140 to 190 foot of water.

Oswego River

The flow is at 3,260 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of May 24th. Smallmouth bass are being caught, just a reminder it’s catch and release only for them. Look for walleye with large stickbaits, crankbaits or jigs.

Salmon River

Not much to report which is normal for this time of year.

Port Bay

The Port Bay South Boat Launch is currently closed for repairs.

Sodus Bay

Look for pike with large stickbaits or spinnerbaits. Yellow perch fishing has been slow as has the bullhead fishing.

Sandy Pond

Try large stickbaits, spinnerbaits or spoons for the pike and stickbaits, jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye. This warmup should help with the bullhead fishing.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Onedia Lake is 3 fish with a 15″ minimum length. The walleye on Oneida Lake are spread out from shallow to deep water so you can pick your preference. If fishing 5 to 15 foot try casting with blade baits or stickbaits. When fishing deeper than 15 foot also try trolling with stickbaits or worm harnesses to cover more water.

Otisco Lake

For walleye try the 15 to 20 foot zone trolling with stickbaits and for tiger musky try casting large spinners, spinnerbaits or stickbaits along shore or over the flat on the north end.

If you catch a tiger musky on Otisco Lake that has been tagged, the tag should be located near the dorsal fin and be gray in color, please do not remove the tag if releasing the fish. Write down the tag number, length of fish, and location of the catch and either send an email to or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch.

Skaneateles Lake

Anglers are getting some yellow perch in 20 foot of water along with an occasional bonus trout or salmon.

Cayuga Lake

Look for lake trout in 50 to 150 foot of water vertical jigging, or trolling over 90 to 150 foot of water.

Owasco Lake

Look for yellow perch in 20 to 30 foot of water on minnows or small jigs and for lake trout in 80 to 120 foot of water.

Seneca Lake

Try trolling on the south end for Atlantic salmon with stickbaits.

Canandaigua Lake

Look for lake trout in 80 to 90 foot of water either trolling or vertical jigging.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits (like shad raps), jigs or worm harnesses for the walleye.

Keuka Lake

No information at this time.

Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

Look for walleye in the deeper holes with jigs or crankbaits.

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