Region 7 and Eastern Region 8
The flow is down from last week and is 6,320 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of January 21. 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.
The flow is 750 CFS as of January 21. Steelhead are being caught throughout the river but with the recent cold temperatures most of the effort is in the deeper holes. Try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms fished under a float or bottom bounced, if fly fishing try egg imitating fly patterns. With the sub-zero temperature slush ice will likely be an issue, especially in the morning.
Just a reminder that the walleye daily limit on Oneida Lake is still 3 fish with a 15 inch minimum length. Anglers are getting out around the lake with 7 to 9 inches of ice being reported in places. Some areas also have more snow on the ice then others.
The gate was closed for the season on January 7.
Anglers are getting out with 9 inches of ice being reported in places.
No ice conditions to report at this time. This area got more snow than some of the others.
Anglers are getting out on the north end with 7 inches of ice being reported in places.
Whitney Point Reservoir
Anglers are getting out on the north end with 7 inches of ice being reported in places. Remember there’s usually less ice around the channel.
Lake Erie & Western New York
Lake Erie Tributaries
Steelhead fishing had remained productive through the holiday season, but angler effort has really dropped off during the recent frigid weather period. Cattaraugus Creek from Gowanda to Springville Dam is the best bet for open water patches. Cayuga Creek has limited open water in the upper section. Otherwise, the tributaries are pretty much locked up.
Lower Niagara River
Recent fishing has been slow due to the persistent stained water conditions. Ice is just starting to set up on Lake Erie, which will help with the river’s clarity problems. When waters do clear, the river’s plentiful steelhead should be eager to bite. Controlled drifting in the upper drifts with a three-way rig with egg sacs, trout beads, flatfish-style lures or live shiners is the standard technique for boaters. Egg sacs, egg flies, trout beads, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well for shore anglers within the gorge. All NYPA fishing facilities are closed for winter season.
Lower Niagara River Regulation notes: Lake trout season opened on December 1. Muskellunge and tiger muskellunge season closed on December 15. On January 1, walleye daily limit decreases from 3 to 1, with a minimum length of 18 inches.
Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors & Piers
The sections below the dams on Oak Orchard and Eighteenmile Creeks is open, though shelf ice is growing. All other tributaries are iced over.
Anglers have been fishing the entire lake and report varying base ice of 5-8 inches. Depending on location, the slush layer on top is frozen or in process of freezing. Yellow perch are readily available and caught lakewide. Shallower weedy areas in 5-15 feet of water are typically better for catch numbers and average size. Bluegill and pumpkinseed are available around the weed beds too. Walleye can be found around weed edges lakewide and around deeper flats of 20-40 feet of water in north basin. Jigging with jigging rapalas (or similar) and vertical spoons tipped with a minnow is a good active technique. Tip-ups with “bass” golden shiners catch the occasional walleye as well. Walleye catches are typically better the few hours before sunrise and the few after sunset.
Buffalo Boat Harbor
The inner harbor has a base of 6 inches of clear ice. Anglers typically catch good numbers of smaller yellow perch and sunfish with a few or more keepers per outing. Crappie, northern pike and smelt are other available species. Anglers should access ice from the boat launch. Walking on, or any other use of slip docks is not permitted.
Silver Lake has over 7 inches of clear ice lakewide. Shallow weedy areas typically produce fair catches of bluegill with some yellow perch mixed in. Shallower areas are also a good bet for northern pike on tip-ups with shiners. Yellow perch catch numbers are better in deeper areas of 20-34 feet of water, though they tend to run small. Deeper zones also produce the occasional keeper crappie and suspended northern pike.
Ice is upwards of 8 inches thick and anglers have recently been fishing the entire lake. Bluegill, crappie, chain pickerel and largemouth bass are available in shallow weedy areas. Deeper sections are typically better for yellow perch. The bonus walleye catch is possible in both shallow and deep water.
Clear Lake in North Collins has ice of 6 inches plus. Panfish catches typically include bluegill, crappie and yellow perch. Visit the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area page for more information.
The north and south ends of the lake have about 6 inches of ice. Anglers report a decent bluegill bite at the north end out of Vitale Park on jigs and grubs. In the same area, northern pike action is typically fair on tip-ups with large shiners.
Southern Tier Lakes
Case, Harwood, New Albion, Allen, Red House and Quaker Lakes all have good ice and provide fishing opportunities for a variety of warmwater fish. Anglers also have the chance to catch large broodstock trout (14″-28″), as each lake was stocked with broodstock trout in the fall.