Four of New York's Finger Lakes (Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco) lie within the region. Some other popular water bodies include Oneida Lake, Whitney Point Reservoir, the world famous Salmon River, Oswego River, Tioughnioga River and Chittenango Creek. These are just a few of the many water bodies found within Central New York. This habitat diversity provides anglers with a wide selection of fish species to choose from. Central New York has produced eight New York State fishing records and two world records.
With the diversity of species and habitats in Central New York anglers have the option to fish in many ways, from wading a small remote stream for wild brook trout to trolling miles off shore on Lake Ontario for trophy king salmon. Anglers can pursue their favorite species by boat, from shore, by wading or on the ice.
Angling options include:
- fishing the open water in the Finger Lakes year-round
- fishing streams with year round trout seasons
- fishing tributaries to Lake Ontario throughout the winter. Additionally there is a catch and release bass season that makes that a year round fishery as well.
Trout Fishing Opportunities in Region 7
Visit DECinfo Locator - Interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map (Decinfo Locator is best viewed on a desktop computer)
for information on trout stream fishing, including Public Fishing Rights (PFR).
DECinfo Locator Trout Stream Fishing Map User Guide ("How to" instructions for using the fishing map on Decinfo Locator.)