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Fishing Reports for July 17, 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:
The water level is the big story this morning. From earlier in the week when the level was 8,000cfs it has dropped to 947cfs. As always use caution as conditions can change quickly. Brown trout can still be found behind the powerhouse and are now up at the dam. Worms, shiners and egg sacs are good choices of bait. Walleye are also being caught in the river by anglers using nightcrawlers and leeches. Sheepshead and catfish are taking crayfish, nightcrawlers and chicken livers but very few bass are being found.  Yellow perch are being taken around Wright’s Landing.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
When the wind doesn’t blow us off the lake the excellent Lake Ontario king salmon fishing continues.  The winds did drive them deeper and my best rigger depth has been 170 and 700 copper out the back. The same bait is working. A green e-chip flasher with an Atomik TG fly works early and a green dolphin spinny with a hammer fly and a chartreuse e-chip with a hammer fly are good choices as the sun get higher. Hopefully the water temperature will come back up but more wind is in the forecast. It is just one of those seasons.
Mexico Bay report:
As conditions have settled down this week, reports are coming in of some good salmon fishing. They are in the deeper water – 120 ft. and deeper with flies and flashers working well.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
With the lake settling down midweek, reports are coming in that the fishing is picking up at a rapid pace. Go deep to find them – 120 ft. on out. Flies and flashers are working well with 40-50 ft. of cable out. There have been some nice catches brought in with a dozen kings, a couple of browns, a steelhead and a lake trout in the mix not uncommon for an outing.

Oneida Lake report:
The bass bite continues to be good along the shoreline in 5 to 15 ft. of water. For walleyes, look in deeper water from 20 to 40 ft. Jigging is working with bucktail jigs tipped with worms and blade baits. The trolling application is also taking fish with worm harnesses and stickbaits with the eastern end of the lake being most active.

Sandy Pond report:
There is a little northern pike and bass activity on the pond along the weed lines. With the warmer weather expected over the next week or so, it will likely be more difficult to fish as the weeds get thicker. Spinnerbaits, rubberworms and small crankbaits are good choices of bait.