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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.

  • 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 - $400

    • 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 - $550

    • 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.  Please contact me for pricing.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Report/Updates

February 16th, 2023 - This year's ice fishing on Oneida Lake is over for me.  I have cancelled all remaining trips and packed gear away.  Any remaining ice on Oneida Lake is unsafe and I will not trust any ice that does stiffen up or form in the next couple of weeks.  The season is over and I've turned my attention to fly fishing, though my attention is never really off fly fishing.

Thank you to everyone who reached out about trips this winter.  Unfortunately, the ice never really cooperated.  I appreciate your understanding and support.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing for Yellow Perch
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