Fishing Reports for September 19, 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:

The activity is good at the dam and some have backed down in behind the powerhouse. The dam area is loaded and you will find a few browns and steelhead in the mix. Estaz flies, egg sacs, crazy eggs and skein are working well. Behind the powerhouse stickbaits and deep-diving floating stickbaits are also working well.

The water flow has been averaging around 2,000cfs the past couple of days.

Lake Ontario report:

King & coho salmon continue to school in front of area tributaries and have been providing good catches to the anglers that are out there. 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:

The big blow Sunday night filled the Eastern basin with plenty of warm water. Those few boats that fished the lake on Wednesday had to sink weights down to 160’ to find decent temperatures. The result was a terribly slow day for salmon. Thursdays Northeast winds should bring temperatures to a more favorable depth, however unless another huge squadron of salmon show up it looks like it is time for the tributaries to rule. Anyhow, even with the complexities served up by the 2008 fishing season, it was still darn great to be an Oswego County Lake Ontario troller. Just wait till next year!!!!

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We have had beautiful days with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The fishing has been steady with kings, and later in the day, good pods of cohos moved from the Clay Hole up to the Bucket. We also spoke with several anglers who got into some nice brown trout. The Staircase, Ball Park, Sportsman Pool and Pineville also produced action for some anglers with a mix of kings and cohos. Suggested patterns; estaz eggs, glo-bugs, egg sucking leeches, comets and woolly buggers.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

The fishing continues to get better as the day goes on. We are seeing a lot of cohos mixed with small groups of kings. We are also getting reports of a fair number of steelhead being hooked.

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

In front of the Salmon River, the kings are being caught in 10 to 100 feet of water. J-Plugs in glow green, glow blue and dodgers & flies are catching most of the fish. In Mexico Bay, charter boats are catching most of their fish on E-chips & Spin Dr’s in green or white.

Oneida Lake Report:

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 biting well on the pond. Minnows and worms are both working along with spinnerbaits, rubber worms and crankbaits. Bluegills and perch are also biting on minnows and worms. The rock piles in the pond will be holding some nice fish this time of year as well.