Planning a fishing excursion to Oneida Lake? This large lake in Central New York is home to a substantial walleye population.
Here are two quick tips to successfully hook walleye in Oneida Lake.
Tip 1: Focus on the Season
This is not specific to Oneida, but it is important to think about the season when walleye fishing. In the spring, walleye are spawning and stick to the shallows near the shore. Use bright colors and aggressive casting to hook a walleye in the spring.
In the summer, walleyes become lazy and prefer the deep parts of the lake. Cast in mouths and rocky drop-offs. Since walleye rest near the lake bottom, slowly drag your jig across the rocky ground to attract the slow-moving summer walleye.
Fall walleye fishing can be challenging. But, look for walleye near the shore on fall nights. From the shore, cast a live minnow or worm to attract these feeding walleye.
In the winter, ice fishing is popular on Oneida Lake. Anglers skilled at ice fishing can successfully catch walleye during the colder months.
Tip 2: Drift Fish at Shackleton Shoals
The deep, rocky area of Shackleton Shoals is the perfect spot to test your walleye fishing techniques. Walleye frequent this area, so you can try a few tactics to see what they are responding to on the particular day you’re fishing.
Many anglers drift fish to successfully catch walleye in this area. Cast your jig and experiment with quick and slow reeling techniques to see what the walleye are interested in.
When drifting, consider using a black and purple bucktail jig with a nightcrawler attached to attract trophy walleye.
Oneida Lake is one of New York’s most popular fishing spots. Here’s to your successful walleye outings on Oneida Lake!
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