New York Fishing Regions

Central New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a PFD while in motion.  A number of county websites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County…

Capital District Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Ice anglers have pretty much taken their last shots, and open water awaits. That said, we won’t likely hear much until trout season kicks off April 1. Chances are some area waters may be stocked with trout ahead of the opener, given that conditions are way ahead of where they typically are in mid-March. The Battenkill, Mettawee River and Kayaderosseras…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

With the seasonal weather returning during this report period, anglers headed offshore for cod, pollock and ling. The best fishing was reported from Fire Island Inlet east to Montauk Point and into Block Island Sound.   The average side cod and pollock were around keeper sized to 6 pounds, with pool fish between 10 and 12 pounds. Average catches ranged…

Catskills Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

It looks like an early season from a weather standpoint, with water levels expected to offer decent fishing opportunities for the April 1 trout opener. There is virtually no snowpack this year, which could impact water levels as the season progresses and if there are no substantial spring rains. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Schroon Lake: A couple of big northern pike (43.5 and 41.5 inches) highlighted the catches in the annual Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby earlier this month. Lake Champlain: You might be able to find pockets of safe ice still, but use extreme caution if you head out. Most of the hard-water anglers have hung it up for the season. Categories:…

Western New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Conditions were improving at last check. Fresh steelhead should be in the tribs. Tyler Morrison of Barker reeled in a 13-pound steelhead he weighed in for the New York State Winter Classic. He caught it in a tributary but he already had a 16.79-pound lake trout on the board so he didn’t win the special prize…

Southeastern New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Ice fishing is no longer an option, but several of the region’s trout waters are typically stocked ahead of the April 1 opener. DEC has yet to publish its 2016 stocking list on its website, but Amawalk Outlet, Cross River Outlet, Croton River, Titicus River, and the Croton River’s East and West branches are good early season options, as are…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Not hearing much now with ice conditions rapidly deteriorating. Black Lake: If safe ice still exists, crappie may be an option. Chaumont Bay: Ice conditions were changing rapidly and safe ice may no longer be an option. The second annual ice fishing derby sponsored by Chaumont Hardware earlier this month led to some fine catches, topped by…

Central New York Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

It’s been a challenging year for ice anglers, and with the season winding down and the weather continuing to warm use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out.  Also, a reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet in length, must wear…

Capital District Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Lake George: Some spots were still offering up safe ice at last report, but use caution and watch for bubblers. Perch were running hot and cold, but anglers were picking up some landlocked salmon and marking a lot of smelt. Saratoga Lake: Panfish and plenty of pickerel, whether you want them or not. Categories: Capital District

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Overall, the fishing was quiet this report period as many anglers stayed off the water due to the cold temperatures. Too, some of the open boats have been hauled for maintenance.   Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that there were a few white perch caught in Santapogue Creek in West Babylon. The best bait was grass shrimp that were caught…

Catskills Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

It’s that time of the year when the trout crowd starts checking stream conditions ahead of the largely ceremonial April 1 opener. So far this winter the weather has been warmer than normal with little snow,  but frequent rains. River conditions are good and if things remain relatively unchanged it could be a good early kickoff for trout anglers. Catskill…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Lake trout action has been good. Find the smelt and the lakers shouldn’t be far away. It’s a big weekend on the lake with the March 5-6 derby. Lake Champlain: Ice was still available and anglers were picking up perch up north, panfish and pike down south. South Bay was also offering safe ice but no detailed fishing…

Western New York Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Best bet at last look was Eighteenmile Creek and Burt Dam at that end of the lake. Fish a small jig under a float. Tip the jig with a wax worm and you should be able to catch some fish. It will be dependent upon water conditions. Rains should drawn in more steelhead and brown trout….

Thousand Island Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Ice was safe but sloppy at last report, but may have frozen over and offered better footing in some areas. Not hearing much on the fishing aside from northern pike and some perch. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina reports the ice is a solid 8-10 inches and has frozen on top so it’s…

Capital District Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Lake George: Not hearing much as of press time. Whether the cold spell locked up some of the popular bays remained to be seen. Saratoga Lake: Panfish action has been decent and ice conditions have improved. No word on walleye of late. Great Sacandaga Lake: Offering up perhaps the best ice conditions as well as the best fishing, with some…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

This report period’s heavy snowfall kept many shore and boat anglers off the water, but those who headed offshore reported good codfish action, with pollock, bergalls, skates and large ling mixed in. Most of the action was on open and charter boats running out of Montauk Harbor and Moriches Inlet. Boats running out of the western South Shore ports reported…

Catskills Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

So far this winter, the weather has been warmer than normal with little snow,  however we have had frequent rains and currently river conditions are good,  If current conditions remain unchanged we could have an early start to the new season,  Only time will tell!!  We will keep you informed. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Ice conditions continue to improve ahead of next month’s ice fishing derby. The north end has the most ice and has even seen some truck traffic. Lake Champlain: We’re getting reports that smelt fishing, while not as red hot as in the past, has finally improved this season on Bulwagga Bay in Port Henry. Keep a close eye…

Western New York Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: There were some decent tributary conditions in places like Burt Dam and Eighteen Mile Creek before the cold snap. A jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float is the best approach, although just plain wax worms on a hook can work, too. Keep an eye on Wilson Harbor for potentially safe ice….

Thousand Island Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: The cold spell didn’t arrive in time to save the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association derby, which was canceled due to poor ice conditions. Things have improved since then, but use caution if you go. Reports of late have been OK for perch, but finding keeper-sized fish is sometimes a challenge. And pike always seem to be…