Fishing Reports for September 17, 2010

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:

The water level has been running between 2,000-4,000cfs the last few days with this morning’s reading at 2,680cfs.  There continues to be some salmon activity at the dam with rainbows, steelhead and browns mixed in. Anglers along the walkway had fish on but landing them seemed to be more difficult. Some activity was also taking place in front of the powerhouse. With the rain yesterday and the cooler temperatures, hopefully we will see a significant run soon. Egg sacs, estaz flies, rubber eggs and trout beads are good choices of bait. Throughout the river sheephead and catfish continue to be active and smallmouth bass are biting on minnows and crankbaits. For river regulations, please consult a New York State DEC official regulations guide or they can be found on the DEC Web site at

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing has been difficult at best to report on. The wind has again been an issue this week. When salmon would typically be staging off the river mouth at this time, the weather conditions seem to have them scattered. Charters were seen this week working the harbor area when conditions were rough on the lake.

Mexico Bay report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The winds again are a problem for lake fishing today. When anglers could fish, they were finding salmon particularly off the tributaries with flies and flashers working well. Bass action was taking place in 16-30 feet of water and perch were responding to minnows in 5 to 10 feet of water along the shoreline.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Depending on where you fished on Thursday, some anglers had action early in the morning, while others had a steady pick throughout the day. Overall first thing in the morning and late in the day with the heavy rain produced the best action. Anglers who fished the upper end of the river reported getting into fish in Pineville, Trestle Pool, Upper & Lower Fly Fishing Area. Most productive patterns were comets, egg sucking leeches, bunny leeches and estaz stones.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Despite the rain and cold weather, fishing is very slow throughout the run. Hopefully a few more days of this weather will finally bring the push of fish we’ve been waiting for all season.

Reminder: Seasonal regulations for Great Lakes Tributaries are in effect. Please consult a New York State DEC official regulations guide or they can be found on the DEC Web site at

Pulaski Area/Lake Ontario report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake is difficult to report on as there have not been many anglers out this week. When conditions have allowed access to the water, the morning bite has been good in 8-20 feet of water off the Salmon River. Once the sun is up and the day is underway, the bite gets difficult. The estuary of the Salmon River is packed from the mouth of the river up approximately ½ mile. There is not big water in the river right now so the fishing up river has been spotty but the fish can move rapidly and the action can pick up in any section of the river quickly.

Oneida Lake report

According to Capt. Jim Dence of All Seasons Sports:

When the wind is not a problem, the walleye fishing on Oneida Lake has been good. Anglers trolling especially in the deeper water near Buoy 113 are finding fish suspended down 30 feet to the bottom. Good choices of bait have been Reef Runners and small Michigan Stingers.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet at this time. You might still find a few bass and northern pike taking spinnerbaits, rubber worms, and small crankbaits.

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