Fishing Reports for September 21, 2009

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:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water flow has been running between 1500-2000cfs for the last few days. Salmon and a good number of brown trout can be found at the dam and salmon can also be found behind the powerhouse and the big wall by the gazebo. Egg sacs, estaz flies, crazy eggs and sponges in Michael Jackson, watermelon and chrome are taking salmon and browns are responding to egg sacs and flies. Anglers fishing the wall from the Utica St. bridge to the railroad bridge (commonly known as the night wall) are finding salmon on glow in the dark spoons and a few walleye on plugs and worms. Boats continue to fish the harbor using J-plugs and flutter spoons.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
The lake has plenty of fish but they continue to play cat and mouse. They move around a lot and bite great one day and refuse to bite the next. Most of the fish are in 20 to 50 feet of water. J-Plugs, spoons and flashers and flies all produce when the bite is on.

Mexico Bay report:
Sunday the lake conditions were great and boats could be seen just off the tributaries. Look in 20 to 50 feet of water as the salmon continue to stage off the mouths of the rivers. A variety of bait is working including flies and flashers, spoons and J-plugs.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
On Sunday, anglers reported that the fishing improved in the lower end of the river. We got reports of anglers getting into fish in the Town Pool, Sportsman Pool, Trestle Pool, Schoolhouse Pool and the Lower Fly Fishing Area. Estaz eggs, comets, estaz stoneflies, bunny leeches and egg sucking leeches seem to be producing the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
This morning is a little slower than yesterday was. However anglers are reporting seeing good numbers of fish. We have spoken to a few that are in the lower end and they are reporting small groups of fish moving out of the estuary and into the river. We are expecting some rain the next few evenings and hopefully that will spur a larger run of fish.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The fishing continues to be very good with a good number of fish still in the lake just off the mouth of the river.  Look in 20-50 feet of water with a wide variety of bait working.  The estuary is loaded with salmon and some brown trout.

Oneida Lake report:
On Oneida Lake, night casting for walleyes is just beginning with access points such as launch sites, bridge abutments and marinas seeing some activity.  Stickbaits have been working well. Deep water trolling for walleye during the day has been successful using lead core and downrigger techniques.  Smallmouth bass have been active over the rock piles and perch can be found in 12-15 ft. of water using fathead minnows.

Sandy Pond report:
It remains quiet on the pond but a few northern pike and largemouth bass are being taken with spinnerbaits along the weedlines.