Boating & Fishing

Spring fishing in Oneida County

When spring fever hits, grab your gear and cooler and head to a beautiful Oneida County lake.

The first days after the ice comes off Oneida County’s lakes are ideal for targeting panfish, including bluegill and crappie. Wise anglers head to Oneida County’s shallowest lakes and look for bays and backwaters that are warming more quickly than deeper parts of the lake.

The gamefish season opens in Oneida County on the first Saturday in May, giving anglers the opportunity to fish for walleye and northern pike. Catch-and-release fishing is also available, with the harvest season for bass beginning the third Saturday in June.

During the late spring, the fishing for walleye and bass can be fantastic, since water temperatures are ideal for these species. Anglers can begin using larger, louder and flashier lures as fish become more aggressive.

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