Fishing Reports for August 28, 2008

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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.

The following notice has been posted for the Oswego River:

Due to the construction of the NYS Rte. 104 bridge, certain areas of the Oswego River will be restricted to boat traffic. Please watch for signs and buoys.

Oswego River report:

Fishing is slow on the river at this time. Some bass are still being taken on crabs and minnows. Smallmouth bass are biting better along the break wall in the harbor. Yellow perch are biting in front of Flat Rock off Fort Ontario on night crawlers and minnows. We may start to see some salmon in the river in the next few weeks.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Anglers in the Oswego, Mexico and Pulaski area have been catching salmon from 200 ft. of water inshore to 50 ft. Just east and west of Oswego the thermocline has been 40-60 ft. below the surface. A variety of bait is working… flies, spoons and j-plugs. E-Chip & Spin Doctor attractors with the Hammer, green glow, sweetpea, Big Fin glow and Mirage have been taking fish. A variety of spoons have also been working well including the old green glow NK mag, the Michigan Stinger Natural Born Killer and the Gator in the magnum and stingray size.

Mexico Bay report:

According to Capt. Gerry Bresadola of B&B Sportfishing Charters:

The fishing is just great on the Big, “O”, it’s the catching that leaves something to be desired and that’s been the story regarding king salmon since late July. It is not really that bad, it is just not quite as good as past experience shows. One thing for sure and that is the fish are big, really big. As more and more fish move in to stage in front of major tributary flows more targets will translate into better catches. The best rig for kings continues to be flashers on the leading edge of assorted A-Tom-Mik flies. Hot early bites usually happen in front of the nuke plant, Sythe Energy and the steamer just a bit west of the Oswego River. Browns are still cooperating nearer to shore.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

The water level has risen and is running at 750 cfs. The river is pretty quiet at the moment but there’s a few Atlantic salmon and Skamania strain steelhead in the river. Northern pike and bass are still hitting well in the estuary early and late in the day.

Oneida Lake Report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The walleye action has been good on Oneida Lake. Troll the deeper water pulling lead core in five or six colors. Jr. thundersticks and rapalas are working well. Fish anywhere from Buoy 121 to Buoy 109 but fish the north side of the buoys. Bass are active along the rock piles using crayfish.

Sandy Pond Report:

Largemouth bass and northern pike are still biting well on the pond. Minnows and worms are both working along with spinnerbaits, rubber worms and crankbaits. Bluegills and perch are also biting.