Onondaga County Parks

Fishing's Economic Impact

  • Fishing is the #4 (top outdoor recreation) american adult leisure activity with over 34 million participating. Source: Kelly PS 2003 - Harris Poll 2003
  • New York is one of the top three fishing destinations in the country (total fishing days)
  • Fishermen from out-of-state spent 2.8 million angler days in NY in 2002 (only Florida & Wisconsin higher)
  • In 2001 more than 1.5 million persons fished in NY (fifth highest nationally)
  • Tax impact of fishing:
    Source: Kelly PS 2004 - American sportfishing Assn./US Fish & Wildlife 2001
    • $16 million income taxes
    • $56.2 million sales and fuel taxes
    • $92.7 million in federal taxes

Oneida Shores Park on Oneida Lake

Oneida Lake...

  • is the #4 fishing destination in NY, after Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
  • 13% of the anglers are from out of state, with the mean distance to fish being 69 miles.
  • has long been a national class walleye pike fishery.
  • was a stop on the 2006 Citgo Bassmasters Elite Series Tour, with 2007 on the schedule.
  • is easily accessible from I-81.
  • has onsite camping.

Onondaga Lake...

  • water quality impovement has led to discovery of tremendous bass fishing where in 2001 anglers averaged catching over 3 bass per hour.
  • local officials desire signature fishing event, Fishing for Dollars followed Ultimate Fishing Challenge.
  • only public marina is in Onondaga Lake Park.
  • nearby village, within walking distance, offers a variety of visitor services.

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