oneida lake ice fishing

While we are lucky in Central New York to have year round catch and release opportunities for trout with a fly rod, 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 great fishery that provides excellent numbers of perch and walleye, both of which 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 and is great family fun.

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Guide
guided ice fishing on Oneida Lake

trip details

  • All 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 are all highly recommended.  Ice grippers for your boots are excellent to have.

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

  • half day trips - $350

    • trips are 4 hours and for 1 - 3 people

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

    • all gear is provided

  • full day trips - $500

    • trips are 7-8 hours and for 1 - 3 people

    • lunch, coffee or hot chocolate, snacks, and water is included

    • all gear is provided

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

Oneida Lake Ice Fishing Report and Update - January 23rd, 2021

I wish I had more to report from the lake.  With inconsistent ice, I've chosen to hold off a bit longer and let it harden up before venturing out.  While there are ice anglers out today, I am, admittedly, quite conservative when venturing onto the ice.  While some areas have walkable ice and I see plenty of shanties out, there are many areas of very soft and thin ice with snow on top of them now.  Much of the main lake was still open water on Wednesday and Thursday, only locking up yesterday.  Should you venture out, I encourage everyone to use a spud with every step, use the buddy system, bring ice picks, and bring a rope.  With cold temps predicted for the next several days, I'm hoping the snow blows off and it builds solid ice.  Until then, be safe.

Oneida Lake ice fishing

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a beautiful afternoon ice fishing on Oneida Lake catching Walleye