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Fishing Reports for July 23, 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 has remained between 1,000-2,000cfs the last few days. Look for some good brown trout activity near the powerhouse and the dam using worms, shiners and egg sacs. Walleye are also being caught in the river by anglers using nightcrawlers and leeches. Sheepshead and catfish are taking crayfish, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. With Harborfest this weekend, expect increased boat activity in the river.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
The salmon fishing on Lake Ontario continues to be Red Hot! Even though some big blows have beaten us up over the last few weeks the fish appear to be here to stay. The largest concentration of fish seems to be from Oswego to west of the county in 150 to 300 FOW. Or it could be up north toward Sandy Pond or perhaps the largest school hasn’t even shown itself yet. What I am saying is that the salmon are everywhere and you too should be here to catch them. Run flashers & flies, spoons, and even cut bait is returning to the scene.  It seems that everything is working right now. Not only are we catching good numbers of salmon, but they are big and healthy. We are seeing fish everyday between 20 and 25 pounds. Here are few good programs: run a Pro Troll green e-chip with a #41 Atomik fly, a chrome/green dot/ Spin Dr with a sweet pea fly or a white chip with a live series L220 Atomik fly.

Mexico Bay report:
The weather has settled into a more summer like pattern this week and the salmon action has definitely picked up. Reports indicate you will find them in deep water from 150 ft. on out and some nice catches are being taken. Flies, flashers and spoons are working well.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The salmon are here and they are biting.  All along the shore of the county the action has picked up the pace. They have been deep in 150-300 ft. of water down 120 ft. and deeper from the surface. Use the heaviest weights your gear will handle with 200 ft. of cable off the riggers and 300 ft. off the dipsies. Brown trout can be found in 80-100 ft. of water.

Oneida Lake report:
The walleye bite was a bit slower this week with the most activity in 28-32 ft. of water. Jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with worms and trolling with worm harnesses and stickbaits are working well. Continue to look for bass in the shallow water along the shoreline in 5 to 15 ft. of water.

Sandy Pond report:
It is becoming difficult to fish the pond with the weed growth getting very thick. Look along the weed lines for northern pike and bass using spinnerbaits, rubberworms and small crankbaits.