Fishing Reports for September 12, 2013

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The salmon are here! The dam is loaded with salmon with a few browns in the mix. Crazy eggs, beads, skein and estez flies are working well. The water level is running just under 5,000cfs this morning. The 90 degree temperatures are gone and temperature is expected to stay in the 50s today with 60s for the weekend. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

Lake Ontario report:
Once again this morning the wind is a factor and the lake is rough. It has been a mixed bag of weather this week with wind, rain, very warm temperatures and a drop in the mercury to 56 degrees this morning. With some salmon moving into the river, several boats were seen during the week not too far out from the harbor. Earlier in the week white paddles with cutbait and flashers and flies were working mostly on riggers for one charter.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Fish, fish and more fish! There are a good number of fish working their way through the river and the lake is holding up well too. Yesterday anglers were finding fish in 20 feet of water in the lake out to 120 feet in front of the Salmon River. A real cool down in the temperature from the 90 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday should keep them moving. Daytime highs for Friday will only be in the 50s with 60s expected for the weekend.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Thursday morning started off slow but action picked up around 9-10 o’clock when a new batch of “freshies” started moving out of the estuary. Guests in the lower end had good action from there on out with more big fresh Kings, a few Cohos, and a handful of trout. Fishermen in the mid-section of the run saw movement of 1’s and 2’s until mid-afternoon when the fresh fish from down stream reached them; they too were all smiles at the end of the day. A much welcome change in the weather cooled things off overnight with a high in the 50’s today should keep things going.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Yesterday, anglers stopping into the shop who fished between RT2A and the Black Hole reported that the fish were spread out with not much movement. We’re not getting many reports from the upper end of the river, but anglers have reported fish holding in some of the deeper holes. The water flow is running at 335cfs this morning.
Oneida Lake report:
Walleye fishing has slowed down although some are still being taken in 25-30 feet of water. There has been a yellow perch bite with Big Bay, Dunham and Frenchman’s Island being suggested spots to try. Bucktail jigs tipped with a worm are working for walleye with minnows and worms working well for perch. Smallmouth bass are active in various areas across the lake. For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at N

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is very little activity to report on the pond which is typical for this time of year.