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New York Fishing Report – May 27-June 4, 2022

Central New York

Region 7 and Eastern Region 8

Some sections of area streams, ponds and lakes will have been stocked with trout by Friday, May 27th. 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 (May 6, 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 ( May 13, 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 – Eaton Brook Reservoir (May 6), 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 (May 16, April 18, April 12 and April 4), Chenango River (April 5), and Lebanon Reservoir (March 31).

Onondaga County – Onondaga County trout are stocked by Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery. The stocking hotline is (315) 689-0003. Stocking reports can also be seen at fishonondagacounty.com (leaves DEC website), under the stocking reports page. 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.

Oswego County – Redfield Sportsmen Pond (May 6), Lighthouse Hill Reservoir (May 6), West Branch of Fish Creek (May 3), North Branch Salmon River (May 3), and Salmon River (May 3).

Tioga County – Tri-County Pond (May 4), 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 ( May 12, 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).

Lake Ontario

Anglers are getting brown trout trolling over a wide depth range, from 20 to 200 feet. There have also been some lakers, Kings and cohos caught as well. Stickbaits and spoons have been working fished in a variety of ways from flatlining to downriggers.

Oswego River

The flow is up a little from last week and is 4,370 cubic feet per second (CFS) as of May 26th. For walleye try jigs or large stickbaits.

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

Things are winding down which is normal for this time of year though there are some nice smallmouth bass being caught on small crankbaits and tube jigs.

Sodus Bay

Yellow perch are being caught on small minnows and jigs. Some bullheads and black crappies are being caught as well.

Oneida Lake

Just a reminder that 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. Walleye fishing has been slow so far but some fish are being taken in 10 to 25 foot of water. Blade baits and jigging rapalas have been working.

Cayuga Lake

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.

Owasco Lake

Look for yellow perch in 10 to 20 foot of water with small minnows and jigs.

Skaneateles Lake

Look for walleye around the mouth of Shotwell Brook. For smallmouth bass (remember it’s catch and release only) try tube jigs, drop-shots or jerkbaits. There is a special walleye regulation on Skaneateles Lake. Walleye-all year, minimum length of 12-inches, daily limit-any number.

Otisco Lake

Smallmouth bass are being caught near shore and try large jerkbaits or spinnerbaits for the tiger musky. 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.

Whitney Point Reservoir

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for the walleye. For smallmouth bass (catch and release only) try crankbaits or spinnerbaits near shore.

Susquehanna River

Try crankbaits or jig and minnow for walleye in the deeper holes. Just a reminder that muskellunge season starts on June 1st.

Lake Erie & Western New York

Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors

The nighttime walleye bite is still going strong along the popular shallow shoals from Buffalo to west of Dunkirk. Limit catches are not uncommon. Stickbaits get lots of attention when trolled at around 1.5 mph over rocky structure in 6-15 feet of water. Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, Myers Reef, off Hamburg and near mouth of Smokes Creek are good spots to try. Depths of 15-25 feet of water off the traditional nighttime haunts are starting to produce some daytime catches, with better chances early and late in day. Anglers target walleye in this transitional zone with different tactics including trolling, bottom bouncing and casting weight-forward spinners. It will still be a while before walleye assume their summer patterns in deeper water.

Smallmouth bass action has been very good in and around the Buffalo Harbor breakwalls and gaps. Shore anglers along Buffalo Harbor State Park are catching bass too. Dunkirk and Barcelona Harbors are other productive spots to try. On the open lake, depths of 10-25 feet of water have been producing decent to good smallmouth bass catches. Target areas with rocky structure with ned rigs, tub jigs, swim baits and live shiners.

Cattaraugus Creek has been in great shape recently and is top Erie tributary to target smallmouth bass and channel catfish. Anglers report good bass catches in the lower section of the Catt on streamers, buggers, stickbaits, jigs with plastics and live shiners. Anglers are catching good numbers of catfish from the mouth up to the Route 20 bridge, with best action at night. Nightcrawlers, raw shrimp, cut bait and prepared baits are good catfish offerings. Bass and catfish are in lower abundance on the other Lake Erie tributaries due to low and clear conditions.

Niagara River

The upper river smallmouth bass bite is slowing as bass are getting into spawn mode, though good catches are still possible. Drift fishing with ned rigs and tube jigs, or casting swimbaits and jerkbaits works well. Shore anglers at Broderick Park are predominantly catching freshwater drum and white bass, with some white perch, rock bass, smallmouth bass and the odd catfish mixed in. During low light periods, Broderick anglers are also catching some walleye.

The trout runs in the lower river are wrapping up as warming waters push fish back to the lake. Smallmouth bass are the top catch by boaters. Boaters can target bass by drifting and ticking the bottom with tube jigs, ned rigs and jigs with plastics, or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching good numbers of smallmouth bass and white bass with the occasional trout mixed in.

Lake Ontario, Tributaries, Harbors & Piers

The productive king salmon fishing zone has pushed a little deeper and over a greater depth range. From Olcott to the west, trollers are picking up good numbers of king salmon in 150-275 feet of water on gear run 30-100 feet down, with some trout mixed in. Large spoons and meat rigs are working well. Closer to Rochester, anglers are catching some kings outside 100 feet of water. When nearshore waters are stained following a blow out of the north, anglers can target brown trout inside 20 feet of water by trolling with stickbaits and smaller spoons.

Chautauqua Lake

Anglers are now catching walleye during both night and day. At night, casting stickbaits works very well from outside deeper weed edges to near the shoreline. During the day, most walleye catches are coming along deep weed edges by slow trolling, bottom bouncing or drifting and jigging. Docks and around weed beds are great places to take youth fishing as sunfish, yellow perch and largemouth bass provide plenty of fishing fun.

Inland Trout Streams

Inland trout stream levels have been getting a bit skinny lately. Today’s rain should help. Trout have been active and are hitting surface dry flies and subsurface nymphs and other lures. Fishing has been best early and late in the day.

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