Region 7 and Eastern Region 8
Some sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday, April 29th. These streams, lakes, and ponds are;
Broome County – Patterson Pond (April 29), Nanticoke 7a (April 29), Little Choconut 2e (April 29), Finch Hollow Site 1(Overbrook, April 29), Arctic Lake (April 22), Palmers Pond (April 22), Nanticoke Lake ( April 21), Greenwwod Lake (April 21)Oquaga Creek (April 4), Chenango Lake (April 21 and March 31), Dudley Creek (March 25), East Branch Nanticoke Creek (March 25), and Nanticoke Creek (March 25).
Cayuga County – Owasco Outlet (April 21), Salmon Creek (April 12), Owasco Inlet (April 14), and North Brook (April 15)
Chemung County – Park Station Pond (April 6), Eldridge Lake (April 6), Post Creek (March 28), Sing Sing Creek (March 28), Newton Creek (March 28), and Cayuta Creek ( April 22, April 8, March 24).
Chenango County – Guilford Lake (April 26), Bowman Lake (April 25), Mill Brook Reservoir (March 25), Jeffrey Pond (March 25), Pharsalia Y Pond( April 14), Genegantslet Creek (April 5), and Otselic River ( March 30).
Cortland County – Little York Lake (April 20), East Branch Tioughnioga River (April 14), West Branch Tioughnioga River (April 12), Casterline Pond (April 6), Durkee Park Pond (April 14, April 7), and Otselic River ( March 30).
Madison County – Limestone Creek (April 14), Beaver Creek (April 14),Oneida Creek (April 13), Cowaselon Creek (April 13), Sangerfield River (April 12), Payne Brook (April 12), Chittenango Creek (April 18 and April 12), Chenango River (April 5), and Lebanon Reservoir (March 31).
Onondaga County – Onondaga County trout are stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. Pools Brook, Butternut Creek, Limestone Creek, Green Lake, Spruce Pond, Ninemile Creek, Onondaga Creek, Carpenter’s Brook, Skaneateles Creek, Spafford Brook, Furnace Brook, Fabius Brook, Geddes Brook, and Tannery Brook.
Tioga County – Catatonk Creek (April 11), Cayuta Creek ( March 25), East Branch Owego Creek (March 23), Owego Creek ( March 22), and West Branch Owego Creek (March 22).
Tompkins County – Virgil Creek (April 25), Sixmile Creek (April 25), Enfield Creek (April 18), Fall Creek (April 7), and Salmon Creek (April 7).
Schuyler County – Potomac Pond (April 27), Foster Pond (April 27), Ballard Pond (April 27), Cayuta Creek ( April 21, April 7, and March 24).
Steuben County – Meads Creek (March 31), Canaseraga Creek (March 29), Canisteo River (March 29), Bennett Creek (March 29), and Cohocton River ( April 20, April 8, March 24).
When conditions allow and anglers can get out, they are getting brown trout trolling with planer boards and stickbaits. Usually this time of year you want to look for off-colored water around river mouths.
The flow is down from last week and is 7,040 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of April 29th. 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 350 CFS as of April 29cnd. Some steelhead are still being caught throughout the river and it’s mostly drop-backs at this point in the season. Try egg sacs, beads, or pink worms fished under a float or bottom bounced, nightcrawlers can also work well this time of year. If fly fishing try egg imitating fly patterns, streamers, or nymphs.
Yellow perch are being caught on small minnows and jigs. Some bullheads are starting to be caught as well.
There are a couple new regulations for walleye in 2022. The first is the statewide opening day for walleye of May 1st. The second is the daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is the same as the statewide regulation, with a daily limit of 5, and a minimum length of 15-inches.
Finger Lakes Tributaries
For rainbows in the tributaries try egg sacs, beads, nightcrawlers, and egg imitating plastics or flies. As a reminder, there are some special regulations on Finger Lakes tributaries, please see page 59 in the 2022 Freshwater Fishing Guide. One example of a special regulation is-Angling is prohibited between sunset and sunrise from April 1- May 15.
Look for yellow perch on the north end using small jigs and minnows. Trolling stickbaits on the south end of the lake can work well for brown trout and Atlantic salmon this time of year. Lake trout are being caught in 120 to 150 foot of water by anglers vertical jigging.
Look for yellow perch in 10 to 20 foot of water with small minnows and jigs.
Look for walleye around the mouth of Shotwell Brook. There is a special walleye regulation on Skaneateles Lake. Walleye-all year, minimum length of 12-inches, daily limit-any number.
Otisco Lake is one of the Big Panfish Initiative (BPI) waters and now has a special regulation for Sunfish (bluegill and pumpkinseed). The daily limit is 15, with a minimum length of 8-inches.
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 fwfish7 email below or call 607-753-3095 ext. 213 to report your catch.
Other Hotline Waters
Nothing to report, should be more information in the near future with walleye season starting on May 1.
Lake Erie/Western Region
Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors
Lake Erie anglers continue to report excellent yellow perch fishing between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 45-60 feet of water. Parking at the Cattaraugus Creek launches is at a premium with the high launching demand and the closure at Sturgeon Point. Best bet is to show up before sunup, or perhaps try the afternoon. Emerald shiners are the go-to bait and are available for dipping at upper Niagara River sites. Other minnow species will work too. The smallmouth bass bite is picking up around the Buffalo Harbor breakwalls. Other Lake Erie harbors are also worth a look. Walleye season kicks off on Sunday, May 1st. The nearshore shoals/shallows are typically productive when the season opens, with better action at night. Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hamburg and near the mouth of Smokes Creek are good spots to try. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits at around 1.5 mph over rocky areas in 6-15 feet of water is the typical program.
Cooler weather continues to extend steelhead fishing opportunities on the Lake Erie tributaries. Target the lower ends of the streams for drop-backs and the occasional fresh steelhead. Fair numbers of smallmouth bass are scattered throughout the creeks, with more on the way as temperatures climb. With cooler water temperatures thus far, catfish fishing in Cattaraugus Creek has been slow.
The lower Niagara River is in excellent fishing shape with about 4 feet of visibility at report time. Good numbers of steelhead and lake trout are still hanging around the upper drifts and are biting well. No word on influx of smallmouth bass and white bass yet. The smelt run has been tapering off and may be done. Anglers have been catching some king and coho salmon on the Niagara Bar. Note a new regulation effective April 1; the daily limit of 3 trout and salmon in any combination may not include more than 2 steelhead.
Lake Ontario, Tributaries, Harbors & Piers
The typical nearshore brown trout haunts saw solid influx of salmon this week and the action was good from west of Wilson to Rochester. Spoons were productive in depths of 15-30 feet for a mix of king and coho salmon, with a few brown trout mixed in. Trollers have done well at depths of 60-150 feet as well. Lake trout are readily hitting spoons run in the bottom third of the water column, while kings and coho are snapping spoons and flasher-fly combos at varying depths.
Crappie fishing in the canals has tapered off. Depths of 5-10 feet in shallow weedy bays is the best bet for remaining congregations of crappie. Small jigs tipped with a small minnow, one-inch tube or other small plastic are good crappie offerings. Be aware, effective April 1st, the minimum length for crappie increased to 10 inches. Small minnows and worms will also produce yellow perch and sunfish catches around weed beds. When walleye season opens, the nearshore shallows are a good bet at night. Boaters typically do well by trolling and casting stickbaits, and shore anglers connect by casting stickbaits.
Inland Trout Streams
The larger stream systems are a touch high but fishable. All other streams are in great shape for the weekend. Sub-surface nymphs and buggers have been good offerings in cooler waters. There have been some hatches of blue-winged olives and hendricksons, and a few rising fish in the afternoon or warmer days. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small in-line spinners.
Spring Trout Fishing
All of western New York’s trout stocking waters have been stocked with at least one stocking increment.
The following waters are scheduled for an additional stocking increment during the week of May 2.
Wyoming County: Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls), Perry Park Pond (Perry).
Steuben County: Cohocton River (Avoca).