On a recent outing to Oneida Lake Mike Santos caught this nice channel catfish and this fine walleye. He was fishing in the north bay in about 10 foot of water using a lure he makes called the MnD spinner. The color was chartreuse and orange. Adding a night crawler was the ticket for success that day. The days catch ended up with 5 smallmouth bass 3 walleyes and one bonus catfish.
Oneida Lake is approxiamtely twenty-two miles long by can range from one to five miles wide. Oneida Lake has the following species of fish landlocked atlantic salmon, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike, chain pickerel, rock bass, crappie, sunfish, bullheads, channel catfish, lake sturgeon, carp, and alewives.
The great walleye fishing that New York State has to offer is in large part due to the efforts of the Oneida Fish Hatchery. Oneida Lake provides all of the walleye eggs for New York's stocking program. Each year DEC produces approximately 300,000 pond-reared, 190,000 intensively reared, and 190,000,000 walleye fry to be stocked into more than 50 different bodies of waters across the state.
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Most of the states man made reservoirs also contain walleyes and the current state record walleye was caught from the Kinzua Reservoir 05/22/94. It was caught by John D. Fluder on a Mr. Twister and weighed in at 16 lb.7oz.