Fishing Reports for September 18, 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:
With the cold night, another pod of salmon was making its way to the dam this morning. Also look for a few brown trout in the mix. Crazy eggs, beads, skein and estez flies are working well. The water level dropped to 600cfs yesterday but is up to 1,550cfs this morning. 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:
According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
Salmon are in 120-180 feet of water, in the colder water that is 44-48 degrees. Fish are taking white paddles and cutbait and echips and flies off the riggers in glow green and white colors. Fish taken in the lake are still silver. Coho salmon are mixed in with the Kings. I heard J-plugs are starting to work also! Good luck!

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The lake still has lots of fish with one charter yesterday taking its limit fishing in 105 feet bouncing off the bottom with flies and flashers just north of the Salmon River. There are more fish coming into the river daily with a good number holding in the estuary by the bridge the last day or so. For anyone interested there has been a good bass bite in Mexico off the Dempster bluff with jigs, minnows and worms working well.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Over the past two days our guests have had a nice steady pick of fish highlighted by hour or so intervals with increased action. Both days we’ve seen a nice mix of trout and Cohos in amongst the Kings. This morning started off a bit steadier in the lower end and the mixed bag of species has also continued. Chartreuse and fuchsia marabou streamers #6 tied popsicle style have been the ticket so far today.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The anglers we spoke with yesterday who fished the Ball Park and Staircase reported getting into a few Kings, but overall had a slow day. Those who fished mid river were able to find fishing holding in the deeper holes. The Lower Fly Zone reportedly produced some Kings under light fishing pressure.

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.