I really don't know the syracuse area that well. I usually drive 1 hr to get to my spots. I really hate the local scene around Rochester. Real competitive and to be honest I'm sick of all the games some of the "Fair weather hunters" play..........All I can say is trespassers!
Anyway this won't help you for this year, but Montezuma refuge is supposed to be the Jammy as far as puddlers and geese. Anywhere around Cayuga lake is pretty good. The late season honker slaughter is pretty impressive.
Back to montezuma......You need a Duck ID certificate , and a canoe/johnboat...somthing Without a motor. You call in on specific days are are given a parking area #. You show up on the hunting day and canoe anywhere in the marsh you want. Man that place is huge! From what I hear, the birds were there and a few of my buddies layed the smackdown.
Canandiagua lake is real good in the late season(You have to have a boat). When most every other body of water is frozen, Canandiagua stays open. Deep as hell. Lots and lots of divers. Just a little funny hunting in front of multimillion dollar houses.
Sodus bay has some state land in the back of the bay. I have never hunted this paticular spot of the bay, but the location of this spot looked real good. A funny note is There is one less coyote there.....Smoked one last January when I was predator hunting this piece.
Areas I would avoid like the plague........Perch River
(Right 870?), Braddocks bay(Rochester) and Irondequoit bay. Those last two are totally overhunted. Ive hunted each of them before and I would have rather stayed home and slept in. Sure you can shoot birds, but who the hell needs to get out there at 0200 am just to get a spot. And who the hell needs a guy to Skybust the hell out of birds just 75 yards from your set up?
Your best bet to actually scout, get permission on private land and blindfold your buddies when you take them there.....Good luck.....