New York Fishing Regions

Central New York Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

Lake Ontario: Nothing to report. Oneida Lake: Yellow perch were still being caught in some of the bays on small minnows. The shore walleye bite continued to provide a little action just before and after sunset. Stick baits, blade baits and shad-shaped crankbaits were still working.  Oswego River: Anglers were getting some steelhead and brown trout on egg sacs, beads…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

During this report period, the ocean and Long Island Sound water temperatures dropped from the mid-50s to around 50 degrees, which is still several degrees above normal. The above normal water temperature is likely to remain through the end of the month, with the near record-breaking air temperatures for most of the month. This above-average water temperature has kept the…

Western New York Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Burt Dam and Eighteen Mile Creek finally saw a little more flow thanks to some Erie Canal water that made it through the system. According to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker, there was over 100 cubic feet per second flowing through the system, which is the most that they’ve seen in a while. That’s certainly…

Central New York Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

A number of county web sites 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). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web pages as well. Fishing reports are beginning to become more difficult to get. This…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

The continued mild weather has kept the ocean and Long Island Sound water temperatures in the mid-50s, which has contributed to the excellent striped bass fishing reported on both shores of the island.  Anglers have been reporting double-digit catches from both the surf and boat, with the majority of the stripers between 5 and 15 pounds. There were a few…

Capital District Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

Deer hunters were taking their last shots in both the Northern and Southern zones, with many of the region’s hunters taking advantage of their location to hit both sides of the line. You can check out some of the success stories online at the popular www.nyantler-outdoors.com site. Categories: Capital District

Catskills Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

The Olives will continue throughout November and most Olive hatches are best on cloudy days. Nymphs and streamers are now important as fish  look for new sources of food. How you fish a streamer is often as important as the pattern. Beaverkill/Willowemoc: Closed to fishing Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Closed Nov. 30. Delaware West Branch: Streamers can be a…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

Deer hunters in the Northern Zone are literally taking their last shots with the late muzzleloading and archery seasons. It’s been another productive year for some hunters, and a frustrating one for others, which is typical up north. One of the biggest bucks taken was a 170-class 15-pointer downed by Bill Watters in Saratoga County. A great website to check…

Western New York Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

DEC’s Randolph Fish Hatchery has completed its annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. All breeder trout stocked are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted year-round. The following waters were stocked: Case Lake received 300 brook trout (14-18 inches) and 300 brown trout (14 inches); Quaker Lake received…

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – November 20th, 2015

The mild weather during this report period has allowed anglers to target the excellent ocean striper and bluefish fishing as well as on the inlet bars. Many anglers switched over to take advantage of the improving surf action as many private boats have been hauled for the season. On the windy days, boat anglers fished in the harbors and inlets…

Catskills Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

Beaverkill and Willowemoc: The season is winding down on these waters; they close to fishing on Nov. 30. Delaware East Branch: Fishing above Shinhopple Bridge ended Oct. 15.  The lower section stays open until Nov. 30 and is good for late season. It can hold some decent rainbows and browns and most of these fish are being caught on nymphs…

Adirondacks Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

While we won’t hear much on the fishing front now until safe ice arrives, Northern Zone deer hunters are out in full force as the height of the season arrives, with rutting activity kicking in and hunters hoping for snow at least in the higher elevations. Some noteworthy bucks have already been taken, including a massive 15-pointer felled in the…

Thousand Island Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

St. Lawrence River: The big news from the big river is big fish – namely muskies. Several 50-inch plus fish have been landed, including a 58-inch Leviathan that weighed an estimated 60 pounds. Perch fishing was also solid for anglers using fathead minnows, and the walleye bite was good as well. Black Lake: Won’t hear much on the lake fishing…

Western New York Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: With the regular big-game season in full swing, that’s good news for fishermen who are getting a little more elbow room in their favorite areas. In the streams, more rain this week should be just what the doctor ordered for casters to reel in salmon and trout out of Wilson and Olcott. Fish will be available…

Central New York Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

Lake Ontario: A few brown trout and steelhead were starting to be caught in Maxwell Creek. The flow was still low at last check and the stream was receiving a lot of pressure, at least before the firearms deer season opened. Oneida Lake: Yellow perch were being caught in some of the bays on small minnows. The shore walleye bite…