Cayuga County Fishing Report for January 5 – 12, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for January 5 through 12 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

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.

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 (

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. A link can be found in the righthand column under ‘Links Leaving DEC’s Website.’ Also, as a word of warning, many of the dock structures at the DEC boat launches will be removed shortly, or may have been removed already. So, please plan accordingly.

April 1 was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Region 7:

Cayuga Lake

Anglers are getting out on the north end with 6 to 8 inches of ice being reported. Pickerel are being caught along with some yellow perch.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch has been closed for the season. No safe ice to report at this time.

Owasco Lake

Awaiting ice to form, so no new information to report.

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