oneida lake ice fishing

While we are fortunate to have year round fly fishing in Central New York, I enjoy jigging perch and walleye through the ice on Oneida Lake in the winter months as well.  As safe ice allows, Oneida Lake is a fun fishery, providing excellent numbers of perch and walleye.  Though a challenge to catch at times, both are outstanding table fare.  All ages and angling experiences are welcome.  A heated shanty, with hot coffee or hot chocolate, and trying to catch dinner is an excellent way to get outdoors in the winter for some family fun.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Guide
Ice Fishing for Oneida Lake perch

trip details

  • All fishing gear is provided.  Licenses are not provided, but are required for everyone ages 16 and up.  Please purchase and have a print out, or a download, of your license readily available prior to the trip.

  • Please dress appropriately.  Warm winter clothes, waterproof boots, hats, gloves, and sunglasses (very important!) are necessities.  Ice grippers for your boots are excellent to have.

  • All trips are on foot.  I do not utilize machines on the ice.  It is a half mile to one mile walk out to fishing locations.

  • Please note - I do not provide fish cleaning service.  I will show you how to fillet/clean a fish or two, but I do not/cannot clean all of your catch for you.

  • 4 - hour trips - $375

    • trips are 4 hours and for 1 - 3 people

    • light snacks, coffee or hot chocolate, and water are included

    • all gear is provided

  • 6 - hour trips - $500

    • trips are 6 - 7 hours and for 1 - 3 people

    • coffee or hot chocolate, snacks, and water are included

    • all gear is provided

Groups larger than 3 anglers are no problem.  If your party has more than 3, please contact me for pricing.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Report/Updates

March 10th, 2022 - Thank you all for joining me and for a great season!  I'm looking forward to spring fly fishing now.  If I don't see you on the stream this spring, summer, or fall, I look forward to seeing you on the ice in 2023.  Tight lines and be safe.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing for Yellow Perch
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