New York Fishing Regions

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…

Central New York Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all people regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway.  A number of county web sites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. Among them: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

The good news is the outstanding herring fishing that materialized during this report period. Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that anglers are catching buckets full of herring at the Coney Island, 69th and Canarsie piers. The herring fishing is reported to be the best it has been in years.  The best fishing occurred during high tide or an hour before…

Catskills Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Not a lot happening, with trout anglers content to tie flies and attend winter events like the Feb. 6 Fly Fest at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Ice fishing really hasn’t been a legitimate option since the warm up. Catskill Flies Categories: Catskills

Adirondacks Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Schroon Lake: Anglers were icing a decent number of lakers and the occasional salmon. The best ice conditions at last check were at the north end (which is always the first to lock up) and off the town beach. Lake Champlain: Anglers have been out on the ice, with decent perch action in the north end and panfish and pickerel…

Western New York Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: The big news has to be that the hard water is supporting some anglers in the back bay at Wilson. Perch, pike and the occasional trout have been reported, and the best baits have been minnows, spikes, wax worms and a variety of Maki plastics. All the smaller streams were frozen, but there was some open…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016

St. Lawrence River: Anglers were pounding the perch at last check, notably on Eel Bay. Lake of the Isles has yielded perch, pike and crappie. Goose Northern pike are usually in the mix as well, sometimes when you’re targeting panfish. Expect a break off or two. Black Lake: Crappie and bluegill remained an option, with walleye and northern pike also…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Much of the fishing effort this report period was concentrated on freshwater species. The lakes, ponds and streams remained generally ice-free, so anglers were targeting brown and rainbow trout under the winter trout fishing regulations, as well as panfish. A few largemouth bass were reported by anglers targeting sunnies and yellow perch while using worms. The trout were responding to…

Catskills Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

It’s cold. It’s winter, and it’s finally acting like it. Most of the famed Catskill trout waters are closed to fishing; the rest are iced over and borderline unfishable at best. There are better options right now for the fly angler. One is the Somerset, N.J., Fly Fishing Show, set for Jan. 29-31 at the Garden State Exhibit Center. Among…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Surprisingly, ice fishing activity remains stalled a bit due to conditions. Steve Koop at Adirondack Outdoor Co. in Lewis (Essex County) reports that one of the hottest spots of late – and one of the few hard-water options – has been Upper Saranac Lake, where smelt fishing has been good. Lake Champlain fishing remained on hold, with the exception of…

Western New York Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Winter finally arrived on the local scene and it has impacted angling activities a bit. Water levels have come back down around the Burt Dam area of Eighteen Mile Creek. According to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker, the water flow was around 120 cubic feet per second and there were decent numbers of steelhead in…

Southeastern New York Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

The folks at Big Wave Sports report that West Branch, Glenida, Cross River and Croton Falls reservoirs were all producing brown trout on a consistent basis, mostly on medium and large shiners but also on spoons and lead core setups. A couple anglers hit Kensico Reservoir in their boat but struck out. Remember, you have to wear your PFD when…

THousand Island Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

St. Lawrence River: A few spots for ice anglers. Not a lot of reports to go on at this point. Some anglers have reported pike. Black Lake: Richard at Chapman’s Sport Shop and Marina in Hammond reports hard-water anglers finally were able to get on the lake earlier this month, about three weeks later than normal. Most of the action…

Central New York Fishing Report – January 22nd, 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 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 (waynecountytourism.com)….

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

During this report period the ocean and Long Island Sound water temperatures dropped only a few degrees and remained nearly 50 degrees, which is above normal.  Bunker and stripers were reported in the brackish creeks along the North Shore and off the South Shore beaches. Since the striper season closed on Dec. 15, this is strictly catch and release fishing.  Fly-rodders casting 1/0…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

We typically hear some ice fishing reports now, but it just hasn’t materialized even in the North Country this winter. Small-game hunting has been a decent options; until the recent snowfall hunters have been taking advantage of bare ground conditions and scoring on the white-furred hares, which stood out easily without the snow. Categories: Adirondacks, New York Fishing Reports