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Fishing Reports for October 8, 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 flow has been up and down all week. This afternoon it is running at 3,910cfs. Yesterday was a pretty wild day weather wise, but things have settled down and the weekend looks cool with mainly sunny/partly cloudy skies. The fishing has been good throughout the river with the dam, the powerhouse, the wall and along the walkway popular spots. Salmon are taking hot-n-tots, fat free shad wraps, egg sacs, flies and crazy eggs. A good number of brown trout and steelhead can be found using egg sucking leaches, egg sacs, roe/skein, and estaz egg pattern flies.

Lake Ontario report:
The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Mexico Bay report:
The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Wednesday we had a high wind advisory for most of the day with wind gusts up to 50 mph. With the increased water level, high winds and plenty of leaves in the water, most anglers reported having a tough day. Anglers who did well got into fish early before the conditions got really difficult. The majority of anglers who stayed on the water tried to get out of the wind in the mid to upper section of the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The water did go up to 1150cfs overnight. With run off it is running close to 1600cfs. There are a lot of fish in the river, but these conditions do make it tougher to land them. The power company has this water posted until noon tomorrow. If they bring it back down to 750cfs or less the weekend is going to be on FIRE!! I have had some anglers ask about fishing the Sandies today for an alternative. I spoke to some guides that went to check them out. I was told that South Sandy is out of its banks and still rising. North Sandy is fishable, but the fish have not shown up there yet. Those creeks can change anytime because they are small and the water goes up and down very fast. They might be worth another look later today.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The higher water flow has made fishing a bit more difficult the last couple of days. There are lots of salmon in the river along with some brown trout and steelhead in the mix. Area streams such as the Sandies and Grindstone are also active.

Oneida Lake report:
Yellow perch can be found in 10-15 feet of water around Shackleton Shoals. Good choices of bait are small crabs and minnows. Daytime walleye fishing continues to be slow but anglers are starting to get fish from shore casting stickbaits after dark. Smallmouth bass fishing continues to be good throughout the lake.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time.