Cayuga County Fishing Report for January 19 – 26, 2018

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for January 19 through 26 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.

With the warmer temperatures, rain, and snow melt experienced last weekend, shore ice deteriorated on some waters and some lake and reservoir water levels rose because of the run off. Also, old holes and pressure cracks may have increased in size. Though ice fishing conditions improved greatly this week with the colder temperatures, please keep the above in mind if venturing out this weekend and use caution and your own good judgment.

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, 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

Prior to the melt and rain, anglers were getting out on the north end with ice thickness reports ranging from 6 to 10 inches.

Skaneateles Lake

The DEC launch has been closed for the season. Anglers are getting out on the north end but no ice thickness reports at this time.

Owasco Lake

A few days without wind finally helped to get some ice to form on Owasco. But at this time there is ice thickness reports.

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