Fishing Reports for May 20, 2008

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:
The water flow has been running between 3,000-5,000cfs but spiked this morning to just over 7,000cfs. Good walleye action has been found near the railroad bridge, across from the hotels and out by the breakwalls near the lighthouse. Look for sheepshead, white perch and rainbow trout along the river. Shriners, nightcrawlers, leeches and stickbaits have been productive. Pike and rockbass can be found at Wright’s Landing.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Greg Gehrig of K&G Lodge/Top Gun Charter:

Nice catches of brown trout are being taken especially toward Nine Mile Point outside the buoy markers. The early morning bite is best with Michigan Stingers that have a glow; black/silver and blue/silver patterns work later in the morning. Offshore steelhead fishing is good in 50 to 250 ft. of water using red and orange Michigan Stingers and stickbaits. You may also find a few salmon under the steelhead between 25-70 ft. down.

Mexico Bay report:

According to Capt. Gerry Bresadola of B & B Sportfishing Charters:
Sometimes fishing does not include much catching and that was the case for many the past few days. Sage creek area yielded some browns and the shore area around Bayshore served up some real fine shallow water fishing. Smithwicks seem to be the stickbait choice with spoons led by Michigan Stinger, Northports and Fishlanders leading the charge in the metal department. Stiff west winds forecast for Monday should churn up the shoreline and good fishing will emerge.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:
The activity in the river is winding down. The water level will be running at 185cfs through Wednesday and most of the fish have left the river. The deeper holes along the river would be good places to look for those lagging behind. The strong west wind on Monday should produce good brown trout fishing along the shoreline as conditions settle down. Early in the day is most productive. Look in shallow water and move further off shore later for some nice steelhead. Anglers are also finding a few salmon in the mix.

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

The fishing on Oneida Lake the last few days has been fair to excellent, depending again on the wind. One trip we work for 4 or 5 keepers and the next we fill the boat. Heddon Sonars in silver with a piece of chartreuse tape on the sides has been our best bait. We also took a few on Challenger jigs in black and black & purple, tipped with a nightcrawler. Don’t forget to add a stinger hook as the fish have been biting real light. We are also taking some nice perch.

Sandy Pond Report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:
Perch and crappies have been active on the North Pond. Anglers are also finding some walleye on the pond and some nice panfish catches. Minnows, Rapalas, and stickbaits are working well.