SYLVAN BEACH – Although the frigid weather is just beginning, it won’t be long before Lake Oneida freezes over and fishermen across the region and the northeast huddle on their spikes in search of some of the best walleye. and pole fishing anywhere.
Ample free parking in the lakeside village parking lot provides easy access to “great fishing on the east shore of Lake Oneida,” according to the website: https://sylvanbeachny.com.
For those who don’t respect the old adage “a monitored lake never freezes”, there are two live lake cameras available at: https://sylvanbeachny.com/sylvan-beach-live-cams/.
The largest lake found entirely in the state, it is a relatively shallow natural lake with an average depth of 22 feet. It is located in Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Oneida counties.
According to the DEC, there are two public access areas: Godfrey Point and Verona Beach State Park. In Madison County, access is available via the south shore off Highway 31. Common fish found in Lake Oneida are walleye, northern pike and yellow perch.
The nearby lake is home to walleye, perch and northern pike. There are also bullhead, sucker, smallmouth bass, pumpkin seed, crappie, perch, sunfish and pike. Access, DEC adds, is available through Delta Lake State Park off Highway 46.
In addition to Oneida Lake, Delta Lake State Park is also home to an abundant walleye, perch, and northern pike reserve. Anglers also visit Prospect Reservoir for several species of trout, yellow perch and sunfish; and Whetstone Marsh Pond in Martinsburg for tiger muskellunge.
There are plenty of fish to catch in New York’s other frozen waters, including perch, pumpkin, pike, northern pike, and walleye. Trout, lake trout and landlocked salmon are also commonly caught in the winter. Visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html for a list of popular spots statewide.