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New York Fishing Report – November 5-12, 2021


Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Oswego River

The flow is still up there and is at 19,600 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of November 5. Because of that no new information. See Salmon River report below for link to information on steelhead fishing.

Remember there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism website (leaves DEC website) for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Salmon River

The flow is 1,000 CFS as of 11/5. As the salmon activity is winding down more steelhead are being caught throughout the river. With the higher flow a lot of the activity has been in the upper river. Try egg sacs or beads fished under a float or bottom bounced, if fly fishing try egg imitating fly patterns. Please view Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries for more information.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Oneida Lake is 3 fish with a 15″ minimum length. When conditions are right, anglers fishing stickbaits right before and after dark from shore are having good luck for walleye. Anglers getting out in boats are doing well on yellow perch in the east end.

Cayuga Lake

The Route 34B bridge over Salmon Creek will be under construction starting on November 8th and no access will be allowed to the work area under the bridge.

Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Owasco Lake, Sandy Pond, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Lake Ontario, Sandy Pond, Sodus Bay, Whitney Point Reservoir, Chenango, Tioughnioga and Susquehanna Rivers

No new information. Most waters are still running high at this time from recent rain events. Use caution if boating as there is likely debris floating around.

Lake Erie/Western Region

Lake Erie, Harbors and Tributaries

All Lake Erie tributaries were blown out at the start of the week. At report time, all tributaries except Cattaraugus Creek are in excellent fishing shape with moderate flows and good color. Without additional precipitation, the Catt could be an option in a few days. Watch the USGS water data page for discharge to drop below 500 cubic feet per second. Decent numbers of steelhead were spread throughout the tributaries before the runoff event, and more fish have likely moved in. Fly anglers do well by drifting egg patterns, trout beads, nymphs and bugger patterns. Swinging streamer patterns that imitate baitfish is also productive when water temperatures are above 40 degrees F. Egg sacs, trout beads and jigs (fished under a float) are common offerings for spinning and center pin drifters. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

The open lake season is winding down and rough conditions limit outings. When conditions permit, quality yellow perch and walleye fishing is still available out of Cattaraugus Creek. Walleye are also showing around the Buffalo Harbor breakwalls at night. Launch docks remain in place at the Buffalo Harbor launch all year. Launch docks have been removed at most other Lake Erie launches, but the launch ramps remain open.

Niagara River

Fall is traditionally a top time to target muskellunge around the upper Niagara River. Target musky by casting large stickbaits or by drifting and jigging large tube jigs (8″-10″). Trolling around the outer Buffalo Harbor breakwall gaps can produce a musky catch as well.

It had been a slower than usual start, but the trout bite is starting to heat up on the lower Niagara River now that water temperatures have dropped into the upper 50s. Water conditions are looking good for the weekend too. Anglers are catching steelhead and incidental lake trout in the Devils Hole drift, Artpark drift and along the State Parks’ shorelines in the gorge. Controlled drifting with bottom bouncing rigs with egg sacs or trout beads works well for boaters. Good offerings for shore anglers include egg sacs, trout beads, egg flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float and casted spoons and spinners. Note that lake trout season is closed until December 1st, so incidentally caught lakers should be promptly released. Anglers also report catches of smallmouth bass, walleye and the occasional king salmon. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors & Piers

The Lake Ontario tributaries have been running high most of the past week and fishing has been tough, but things are settling out just in time for the weekend. At report time, Eighteenmile Creek has moderate flow with a slight stain, Oak Orchard is slightly high and stained with about 1′ of visibility. Johnson and Sandy Creeks have moderate flows with a slight stain. Fish numbers have been best at Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks where anglers are catching a mix of king salmon, coho salmon, brown trout and the occasional steelhead. Fresh kings are still available. Fishing has been good on Sandy and Johnson Creeks for a mix of kings and brown trout when conditions permit. Trout and salmon are also showing in smaller streams that typically don’t have adequate flow in fall. For those new to tributary salmon fishing see the Pacific Salmon Fishing in Lake Ontario page.

NYPA and Canal Corporation Fall Fishing Program: For an enhanced angling experience and a longer season of sustained flows this fall, the New York State Canal Corporation will soon commence water releases from the Erie Canal into Lake Ontario Tributaries in western New York, including Eighteenmile, Oak Orchard and Sandy Creeks. For more information and a tentative water release schedule visit the New York State Canal Corporation’s website. (Link leaves DEC’s website) Releases are subject to change, so check back often.

Chautauqua Lake

Boating trips are dwindling and fishing reports have become scarce. In general, fall fishing can be good for walleye and muskellunge. Target walleye around weedbeds during low light periods and by vertical jigging around the rims of the deeper holes in the north basin during the day. Target late-season musky by casting large stickbaits or musky spinners along weedlines. Anglers can search for fall congregations of crappie in the same spots as they are found in spring, such as canals, off canal and inlet mouths and around shallow structure. Visit the Chautauqua Lake page for more fishing information.

Surplus and Broodstock Trout Stocking

Caledonia Fish Hatchery conducted surplus stocking of Cattaraugus Creek on 10/26, stocking 2,000 10-13-inch brown trout from inlet of Elton Creek to 1 mile upstream of Java Rd, and Genesee River was stocked on 11/3 with 1,270 13-inch brown trout between Belmont Dam and County Route 29. DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery conducted their fall stocking of broodstock trout between September 28 and October 13. The following waters were stocked. Ischua Creek received 480 brown trout (21″ – 28″); Red House Lake received 200 brown trout (21″) and 120 rainbow trout (28″); Quaker Lake received 200 brown trout (24″ – 28″), 1,000 brown trout (14″) and 300 rainbow trout (14″ – 28″); Case Lake received 120 brook trout (18″) and 100 rainbow trout (21″); Harwood Lake received 100 brown trout (24″) and 150 rainbow trout (21″); Allen Lake received 200 brook trout (14″) and 150 rainbow trout (21″).

Inland Trout Streams

Anglers now have expanded trout fishing opportunities under the new trout stream regulations effective April 2021. All inland trout streams are now open October 16 to March 31 by catch and release only, artificial lures only.

Many of the inland trout streams are in good shape with moderate flows, while the larger streams in the southern tier remain a bit high. Action is better in the afternoon when stream temps are slightly higher and some spotty hatches of BWOs, tiny black stoneflies and large tan caddis are happening. With very few anglers on the inland streams, it’s a great time to be out.

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