Fishing Reports for May 22, 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:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The weather is expected to improve for the weekend with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. The water flow is running just under 5,000cfs as of Thursday so look for fish all along the river. Walleye have been active near the railroad bridge, across from the hotels and in the harbor area near the breakwalls. Sheepshead and white perch can be found throughout the river. Wright’s Landing is producing some pike and rockbass. Good choices for bait are shriners, nightcrawlers, leeches and stickbaits.

Lake Ontario report:

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

After a hard blow on Monday and Wednesday the winds are expected to subside and the shoreline of the lake is a nice chalky color. Lake Ontario brown trout fishing in the Oswego / Mexico Bay area was great on Tuesday.

Fish the shoreline close and run Smithwick and Reef Runner stickbaits off the planer boards back 80 to 150 feet. Feel free to add one or two split shot to help with weeds and keep them down an extra foot or so.

On the downriggers, black/silver white belly spoons are working early, then switch to Dreamweaver super slims in the chicken wing, mixed veggie and gobie patterns. Vary your trolling speed from 2.0 to 2.5 and don’t troll in a straight line. S turns work the best as any speed variations can and will trigger strikes from Mr. Brown Trout.

The bonus fish have been the 5 to 12 pound Chinooks showing up. What a great fight on light tackle. Same spoons, same depth, you just never know what is going to bite. Throw in a steelhead or two and a big ole walleye if you are near the harbor and you have a day dreams are made from.

Mexico Bay report:

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

On Monday Lake Ontario sort of resembled the seas that you see on “Deadliest Catch”, as strong west winds pounded the Eastern Basin. The air temperatures remain cold and I am reminded that summer is on the way and is expected to arrive by September. Seriously the temperatures for the weekend are expected to improve reaching into the 70s. The past week saw the area’s fishing surrounded by heavily stained water. Once the winds begin to cooperate we should resume our generally good fishing patterns. LET THERE BE CALM!!!!

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The activity in the river is winding down. The water level will be running at 185cfs through Monday. The deeper holes along the river would be good places to look.

Strong west winds created some rough water on Lake Ontario on Monday and Wednesday this week. Conditions are expected to settle down for the weekend and some good brown trout fishing is anticipated. The early morning bite is most productive. Fish in 20-40 ft. of water with light spoons off the downriggers.

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 Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The pike and walleye fishing on Sandy Pond have been extremely good. Worm harnesses drifted or trolled slowly work well for the walleye and the northerns are taking large spoons, spinnerbaits, and live bait under a bobber. Perch and crappies have been active on the North Pond