Cayuga County Fishing Report for December 29 through January 5

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for December 29 through January 5 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

This should be the first big ice fishing weekend of the season. That being said, there are no ice thickness reports this week. As few anglers have been out at this time there is no information to report. 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

Atlantic salmon and brown trout fishing has been good in the tributaries.

Please view the Finger Lakes and Tributary section of your Freshwater Fishing Guide for more information regarding tributary fishing.

Skaneateles Lake

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

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