Oneida Lake walleye anglers will be pleased to learn that after a down year in 2016, walleye fishing appears to have rebounded. Preliminary results of a summer 2017 creel survey noted improved walleye catch rates, and the gill net catch this past summer was the highest since 1988.
Researchers believe that the reduction in the round goby population in the lake may be the reason. When gobies are abundant, walleyes typically feast on them and are less likely to take a bait presented by an angler. Gobies are also notorious bait thieves and can make fishing difficult. Find out more about the Oneida Lake Fishery.