Fishing Reports for August 11, 2009

This report a courtesy of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The following notice has been posted for Lake Ontario waters:
Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area along Lake Ontario, east of the city of Oswego.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
With the rain throughout the area in the last couple of days, the water flow is up over 11,000cfs.
Some areas may be difficult to fish. There are several nice days in the forecast so this level will likely drop. Anglers continue to find walleye from the railroad bridge to the Rte. 104 bridge. Sheephead and catfish are still active taking crayfish and nightcrawlers. Look for perch near Wright’s Landing and in Phoenix along the river.

Lake Ontario report:
From the reports over the weekend it appears the salmon were playing hide and seek. They were hiding and diligent anglers were doing the seeking. With an unsettled weather pattern again including wind last week and storms over the weekend the salmon are scattered. Anglers were finding a few but they worked hard for them. Brown trout have been more cooperative in 80-100 ft. of water.

Mexico Bay report:
According to Capt. Gerry Bresadola of B & B Sportfishing Charters:
This past week saw salmon fishing following a roller coaster up then down success rate. The king fishing was pretty darn good and seemed to slow down some as we got to the weekend. It’s the time of year where you just have to keep on plugging, as one day is great and the next is slower. Each passing day should bring more fish into the area as staging time gets closer. If you have ever ridden a roller coaster you know how much fun they can be, so keep on trolling and you will definitely catch your share of black mouths. Brown trout fishing in 80 to 110 foot depths continues to provide some excellent alternate angling action. This time of year offers up some very colorful and chunky footballs.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Although the lake had calmed down by the beginning of the weekend, the salmon bite was tough. Many anglers reported only boating two or three fish. The targeted depth was 160 to 180 ft. of water down 120 to 130 ft. from the surface. They are following their preferred water temperature right now but it won’t be long before staging begins and then water temperature doesn’t matter much. There will likely be a large influx of salmon quickly.

Oneida Lake report:
The walleye bite has reportedly slowed down some. Look in 20 to 40 ft. of water with jigs tipped with worms and blade baits or troll at about a 45 ft. water depth. Small mouth bass action has been good.

Sandy Pond report:
Things have not changed much on the pond. It is fairly quiet due to the thick weed growth. An occasional northern pike or bass is being found by anglers using spinnerbaits and rubber worms