Oneida Lake Walleye Fishing

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Lake Oneida is located within the borders of the state of New York. This Lake is five miles wide in many places and ranges approximately twenty-two miles long. It is known for being the largest lake in New Your State covering just over 51,000 acres. It is also known for its great fishing possibilities because out of all the Northeastern United States, it has more fish per acre than anywhere else. Among the different species are the elusive walleye. This is one of the most sought after fish in the world.

The water in Lake Oneida reaches about 55 feet deep and has many reefs, shoals and rocky bars covering the bottom, which is the perfect environment for many species of fish. Many tournaments are held at this lake at different times throughout the year that has also helped to make it even more famous.

When and Where to Fish for Walleye on Lake Oneida

Part of the skills needed to be a great angler is to know when and where to fish. This is half the battle and will be part of what determines how successful you will be each time you go on a fishing trip. The most active times for the walleyes are early spring and the middle of the fall season. The best locations for Oneida Lake walleye fishing would be the Willard Isle, Cleveland Bar, Frenchman's Island and Big Bay. One reason these spots are so popular is because they are filled with large weeded areas and lots of shallows for the fish to dwell in.

During the fall the walleye are preparing for the winter ahead and they will go after baitfish quite aggressively from time to time. Therefore, fishing remains good right up till the ice begins to form. Once winter hits and the ice sets in, it's time for ice fishing. The best spot for ice fishing is in the Big Bay area and you will find many anglers here in the winter months.

If you are fishing for trophy walleye, then you should do a lot of night fishing and search in areas that are shallow and where plenty of smaller bait fish can be found. If you are fishing during the day remember that the bigger the walleye, the further away they will be from the structures and the deeper they will be in the water.

If you want to get the most from your fishing experience on Lake Oneida you will want to go out on a boat. This is the best way to enjoy the full benefits this lake has to offer. If you are not familiar with the area it is important to know that the direction of the wind can change very fast and the speed of the wind can also increase without warning. This can cause a dangerous situation to arise quickly. If you are not an experienced boater you may want to consider hiring a guide that knows the area and one that is familiar with the weather pattern to ensure your safety at all times.

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