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February Fishing In NY State

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  February offers a few warmer days and some early spring thawing which can raise stream levels overnight. This can create fantastic fishing in smaller streams which have had low water all winter.These would be Maxwell Creek, Irondequoit Creek, Marsh Creek, Johnsons Creek, Putneyville Creek, Bear Creek, Sterling Creek, and Wolcott Creek, as well as many smaller streams which dont have names or are not very well known.

   Ice fishing is still an option but use caution as the ice can become unsafe quickly when you have a few 50 degree days. On warmer days it would not be uncommon to see a few boats plying the waters of Seneca, Cayuga or Keuka Lakes trolling for Lakers, Landlocked Salmon, Browns, and Rainbows. Fishing from shore on the Finger Lakes for roaming trout with rapalas or bass minnows is also a very productive method at this time of year. Favorite spots would be Seneca Lake in Watkins Glenn on the pier, or at the salt plant, and at Cayuga Lake at Taughannock Falls State Park.

  Gordon Bennett from Elmira, New York is pictured here with 13 pound steelhead.This fish was caught on February 8, 2002, from the Salmon Creek in Wayne County. After a brief photo session the fish was released so it could be caught another day. It was one fish of many that he caught in that creek through out the month of February.
gordon bennett with a 13 pound steelie

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