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New York Fishing Report – December 3-17, 2021

Central Region

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Oswego River

The flow is about the same as last week and is 13,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of December 3. For steelhead and brown trout try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms, either bottom bounced or fished under a float. 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 down from the last few weeks and is 750 CFS as of December 3. Steelhead are being caught throughout the river but with the recent higher water a lot of the activity has been in the upper river. Try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms 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 still 3 fish with a 15 inch minimum length. South Shore docks have been removed.

Skaneateles Lake

The docks have been removed.

Otisco Lake

The dock has been removed.

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.

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 Tributaries

Some anglers have reported better steelhead action over the past week despite the colder weather, with most anglers catching a fish or more per outing. There are lots of larger-sized fish around in the 26-30-inch, 8-10-pound range. All tributary streams have steelhead spread throughout and there has been heavy fishing pressure on most streams. There have also been reports of the odd coho or chinook catch in some streams. The Erie County streams and the smaller streams in Chautauqua County are fishable options today. Without additional precipitation, all streams except Cattaraugus Creek will be an option this weekend. The Catt remains high and muddy. In colder water conditions, drifting techniques with egg sacs, trout beads, egg flies and nymphs fished at the bottom is a dependable approach. Slow down the drift and target tailouts, seams and current breaks. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page.

Niagara River

Muskellunge season is closed on the upper Niagara River as of December 1st. Some walleye and rainbow trout are showing along Broderick Park and Bird Island Pier.

There was a brief bout of high winds in the area on Thursday. The river is a bit murky as a result, but still very fishable. Conditions should remain favorable through the weekend. Lake trout season is open as of December 1st. There are solid numbers of lake trout in the lower river and lakers have dominated catches in the upper drifts. Steelhead numbers have improved and are consistently in the catch mix now. Steelhead are available throughout the lower river, with better catches in the upper drifts. Anglers report fair catches of brown trout in the lower drifts. Muskellunge season extends to December 15th on the lower river. The NYPA fishing platform closed for winter season on December 1st. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors & Piers

Fishing on the Lake Ontario tributaries has generally been slow and fishing effort has been light. The exception has been Sandy Creek where the bite has been closer to decent and angler traffic has been high at times. On Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks, fish numbers have been better just below the dams. On streams with more access, covering more ground increases catch odds. At report time, all of the Lake Ontario tributaries are in good shape with moderate flows. For those new to tributary steelhead fishing see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries 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. (leaves DEC website) Releases are subject to change, so check back often.

Chautauqua Lake

Muskellunge season is closed as of December 1st. During the transition period between open water and ice fishing seasons, there is typically not much fishing activity. Walleye may be available near shorelines at night. Vertical jigging around the deeper holes in the north basin for walleye is also worth a shot. 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″).

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