The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for February 16 through 23 at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9218.html. 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 http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html 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 (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Though Onondaga County doesn’t have a weekly fishing report, their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (fishonondagacounty.com).
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 www.tourcayuga.com!
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
|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|