Fishing Reports for September 12, 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:

There is a bit more salmon action with the area near the dam and the powerhouse seeing the most activity. Early in the morning and in the evening there seems to be activity along the river behind the shop and Bridie Manor as well. Estaz flies, woolly flies, egg sacs, crazy eggs and skein are working well. Behind the powerhouse, stickbaits and deep-diving floating stickbaits are good choices. Walleye are active from the NYS Rte. 104 bridge to the dam and bass are taking crayfish, shiners, nightcrawlers and stickbaits.

Lake Ontario report:

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

The winds have been an issue this week as they have at times all summer. King & coho salmon continue to school in front of area tributaries and are providing great catches to the anglers that are willing to put in some time and effort. We have all been talking about the size and condition of our chinooks. They are some of the nicest fish we have seen in years. A variety of baits are working … flies, spoons and j-plugs. E-Chip & Spin Doctor attractors with the hammer Atomik fly have been taking a lot of fish.

Mexico Bay report:

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

Fishing the last couple of weeks has been just like the water conditions we have been experiencing. We go up, and then we go down, just like the heavy seas Ma Nature keeps throwing at us. The 2009 fishing puzzle has been difficult at best as we see great fishing one day and not so great fishing the following day. As the weather pattern settles down we should return to great fishing this coming weekend. There are still plenty of staging kings to come and you need to be there to take advantage of the run. J-plugs, magnum spoons and flasher fly combos are always good bets.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

There is some salmon activity being reported in the Salmon River. Early morning continues to produce the most activity, but late in the day small pods of fish were seen moving out of the estuary into the run. Anglers also reported having early morning action in the Staircase Area and the Trestle Pool. Suggested patterns; estaz eggs, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, comets and woolly buggers.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Off the Salmon River, the salmon fishing continues to be good. Look in 40 to 70 ft. of water with flies, flashers and spoons working well. As the salmon move into shallower depths, J-plugs will be a good choice. The estuary seems to be holding salmon and the pike fishing has been very good there. Bass continue to be active off Mexico Point.

Oneida Lake Report:

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

On Oneida Lake, smallmouth bass have been active particularly near Shackelton Shoals. Look for walleye in 40 ft. of water using jr. thundersticks in silver/blue and the perch series. We have also had reports of some yellow perch activity in 12 ft. of water in front of well-defined weed beds using fathead minnows.

Sandy Pond Report:

Largemouth bass and northern pike are still active on the pond with minnows and worms both working along with spinnerbaits, rubber worms and crankbaits. Bluegills and perch are also biting on minnows and worms.