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Late January 2015

Canandaigua Lake - Ice reports for the north end range from 4 to 8 inches and 3 to 4 inches on the south end.

Cayuga Lake - Ice reports of 4 to 6 inches on the north end. Anglers are getting yellow perch and pickerel. As always, use caution as there are generally pressure cracks in this area and ice doesn't form evenly.

Keuka Lake - Anglers have been fishing around Penn Yan, just off Indian Pines Park with 4 inches of ice being reported in spots. Perch are hitting hard!

Lake Ontario - steelhead and brown trout are still being taken in the tributaries with egg sacks, egg pattern flies and wooly buggers working.

Oneida Lake - Anglers are getting out, near shore on most areas of the lake with ice thickness reports ranging from 6 to 10 inches. Big Bay has been seeing a lot of pressure and is producing bluegill and pumpkinseeds. For anglers looking to catch chain pickerel this would also be a good spot, try tip-ups and minnows. Other areas of the lake, like Lewis Point, Cleveland, Constantia and Chapman Park are producing walleye and yellow perch. Anglers fishing for perch and walleye occasionally catch a burbot through the ice. Burbot are one of the more "unusual" fish in the state as they spawn during the winter. For more information on burbot, please view Larger Unusual Fish Species.

Oswego River - the river is down from last week and is flowing at 5,120 cubic feet per second (cfs) as of 01/22. Anglers getting out are still catching steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs working. Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Visit Oswego County Tourism web site for more information on this and also for information on the life jacket loaner programs in the area.

Otisco Lake - There is 6 to 8 inches of ice being reported on the north end, and 4 to 7 inches by the county park. The north end is producing bluegill, pumpkinseeds and an occasional black crappie.

Owasco Lake - There is 4 to 5 inches of ice being reported on the south end only out to around 5 to 7 foot of water. No safe ice to report for the north end at this time.

Salmon River - This flow is also down from last week and is at 285 cfs as of 01/22. The cold temperatures are causing slush ice to form, especially in the mid and lower river, which can make fishing difficult. Shelf ice is also forming along the edges of parts of the river. Often fishing latter in the day when it "warms up" can help. Because of the slush ice, most anglers are fishing the upper river and overall fishing was slow again last week. Try the deeper holes with egg sacs, trout beads or pink trout worms. For information on the steelhead please view DEC Studying Ongoing Salmon River Steelhead Disorder

Sandy Pond - Ice reports range from 6 to 10 inches on the pond. Try tip-ups and minnows for pike and small jigs tipped with spikes for yellow perch. Over all fishing was slow last week on the pond.

Seneca Lake - No new information to report.

Skaneateles Lake - There have been some anglers out on the north end, with ice reports of about 5 inches.

Sodus and Irondequoit Bays - Ice reports for Sodus range from 6 to 8 inches. Anglers are catching some yellow perch but most are small. Overall fishing has been slow, anglers moving around seem to be having better luck. Though some anglers have been out on parts of Irondequoit, because of limited ice reports no safe ice to report at this time.

Susquehanna, Chenango and Tioughnioga Rivers - No new information this week.

Whitney Point Reservoir - Ice reports are ranging from 7 inches on the channel to 9 inches on the pond. Anglers are getting some white crappie, yellow perch and walleye.


Wayne County Fishing Report -

       Streams-No open water this week. We need a thaw to fish the streams unless you want to catch steelhead with tip-ups.

       Bays- Plenty of ice, however nothing has really set-up for schooling perch. They are hitting slowly but you need to move around to find them. It’s the same scenario along other Lake Ontario bays and inlets. Anglers are catching some pike from the north east side of Sodus Bay. Use pike minnows and fish the weedlines. You can catch them in shallow water six to ten feet deep.

       Erie Canal- The hot spot is Widewaters with anglers catching all sorts of pan fish. Currently the Erie Canal is the best place to ice fish in Wayne County. The waterway is beating Sodus Bay for ice action.

Wayne County Fishing Report - compliments of Chris Kenyon at Wayne County Tourism (http://www.waynecountytourism.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=143:wayne-county-fishing-update


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  Canandaigua Lake Temperature - N/A || Keuka Lake Temperature - 38

Seneca Lake Temperature - N/A || Cayuga Lake Temperature - 33

 Lake Ontario Temperature - 32

All temperatures are recorded at a depth of 10 feet below the surface as of November 12, 2014


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