Cayuga County Fishing Report for February 16 – 23, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for February 16 through 23 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

Enjoy free fishing February 17 – 18! During these designated days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license. Visit or call 518-402-8924 for more details.

Remember ice thickness can vary greatly, even on the same water, so use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out. Some safety measures to follow are: use a spud and check ice thickness as you venture out, fish with a friend, bring a rope and ice safety picks (two handles with spike points). View the Introduction to Ice Fishing chapter for more information about ice fishing and the Ice Fishing Press Release for more safety information.

The region has experienced a thaw with rain going into a weekend. Ice conditions will continue to change over the next few days, especially along shorelines, areas subject to run-off, and old holes and pressure cracks will likely be getting larger. Please keep this in mind if venturing out, use your own good judgment and follow the safety steps mentioned and referenced above. The ice surface will also likely be very slick without any snow-cover, so creepers or cleats are highly recommended.

A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons aboard any pleasure vessel less than 21 feet long must wear a Personal Floatation Device (PFD) while underway. For more information on boating regulations please view the NYS Boater’s Guide.

Also, as a word of warning, all the dock structures at the DEC boat launches have been removed. So, please plan accordingly.

The new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide is in place for April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Oswego and Wayne Counties have weekly fishing hotlines on their web sites as well and would be another good option for fishing reports; Oswego County (; and Wayne County ( Though Onondaga County doesn’t have a weekly fishing report, their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (

Region 7:

Cayuga Lake

Please be mindful of changing weather conditions. Anglers have been getting back out on the north end of the lake this season but that success may change with the recent rain and thaw. Shore anglers have been getting some lake trout and Atlantic salmon.

Skaneateles Lake and Owasco Lake

Please be mindful of changing weather conditions. Anglers have been fishing on the north end of the lake this season but that success may change with the recent rain and thaw.

Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at!



Ice Fishing Special Regulations for Cayuga County

Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
Cross Lake Northern Pike 1st Sat May-March 15 22″ 5 Ice fishing Permitted
Cross Lake Walleye 1st Sat May-March 15 18″ 3 Ice fishing Permitted

Popular Ice Fishing Waters in Cayuga County

Water Townships Species Regulations Comments Countour Map
Cayuga Lake Aurelius, Springport, Ledyard, Genoa Pickerel, Northern Pike, Panfish, Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Landlocked Salmon Finger Lakes Regulations North end is very good for northern pike, pickerel and panfish. Limited ice fishing at south end. Yes
Cross Lake Cato Walleye, Northern Pike, Panfish, Tiger Musky Special Regulations 2,176 acres. Weedy shorelines and bays produce northern pike and tiger musky. Deeper water off weedbeds and shoals hold walleye. Yes
Duck Lake Conquest Panfish, Northern Pike, Tiger Musky Statewide 218 acres; shallow, weedy lake with a large panfish population Yes
Howland Island Wildlife Management Area Ponds Conquest Panfish Statewide 300 acres; 18 ponds
Lake Como Summerhill Tiger Musky, Pickerel, Panfish Statewide 64 acres; shallow, weedy lake Yes
Little Sodus Bay Sterling Northern Pike, Panfish Statewide 750 acres; weedy shorelines and expansive weed beds support large populations of northern pike and panfish Yes
Otter Lake Cato Northern Pike, Panfish Statewide 282 acres; shallow, weedy lake Yes
Owasco Lake Moravia, Scipio, Fleming, Owasco, Niles Northern Pike, Panfish, Walleye, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout Finger Lakes Regulations 6,592 acres; very good for trophy northern pike and lake trout Yes
Skaneateles Lake Sempronius, Niles Pickerel, Panfish, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon Finger Lakes Regulations 8,960 acres; ice fishing at north and south ends Yes