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Fishing Reports for October 3, 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/Lake Ontario report:

Oswego River report:

The water level is running at 1600cfs as of Friday afternoon. We received some rain this week and temperatures are definitely cooler. Conditions are expected to clear with sunny skies for most of the weekend and temperatures in the upper 50s. Anglers we spoke with this morning indicated that the fishing was spotty and there was some action behind the powerhouse. Egg sacs and skein are good choices of bait.

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

On the Oswego River, most of the activity continues to be up river. Egg sacs, skein, wooly buggers, egg pattern flies, rubber eggs and floating stickbaits are working well. Anglers are finding a few steelhead and browns mixed in among the salmon with roe, egg sacs and worms being the baits of choice. The driftboat anglers are reporting some catches.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Mexico Bay report:

The Mexico Bay report has ended for the season.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Anglers who fished the upper end of the river reported good numbers of kings digging in the gravel areas around upper Sportsman, upper/lower Trestle and Ellis Cove. The Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Areas are also holding good numbers of fish with a mix of kings, cohos and trout. Suggested patterns: Bling glo bugs in pink and orange; woolly buggers in brown, olive and black; rainbow bead estaz eggs;weighted black or purple egg sucking leeches;comets in red, orange or blue.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

The storm overnight brought in a lot of fresh fish. Early reports from the river are saying that there are plenty of fish on the move. The few anglers we have spoke to on the river have already seen action. We have also seen fish starting to dig reds in the last few days. This should start bringing in chrome steelhead as well.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing has been good on the river with a good number of fish in the estuary and right up through the various holes. Drift fishing with flies, egg sacs and imitations seems to be successful. We are expecting within the next couple of weeks the first big influx of steelhead.

Oneida Lake Report:

Anglers casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark are getting walleyes. Fishing also continues to be good in deep water on stickbaits, like Jr. Thunderstiks and Rapala’s. Bass fishing continues to be good around shoals, rock piles and weed edges. Good baits remain crabs, minnows, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastics. Yellow perch activity has picked up in the 11 to 18 foot depth range, along weed edges. Fathead minnows, buckeyes, and small crayfish are all working well.

Sandy Pond Report:

Reports from Sandy Pond have been sparse. You will likely find some bass and northern pike still biting. Also look for some perch activity. Minnows and worms are working well.