Fishing Reports for September 21, 2012

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water flow reached well over 2,000cfs earlier this week but has dropped to just over 1,100cfs this afternoon. There are salmon throughout the river now with the highest concentration at the dam. Tuesday’s rain was helpful and more is expected over the weekend along with cool temperatures. Suggested baits are egg sacs, crazy eggs, beads, estaz flies and Hot-n-Tots. Anglers are also finding a good bite behind the YMCA at night using dark cleos.


*The City of Oswego and Brookfield have implemented new personal flotation device zones at the Varick Hydropower Dam on the Oswego River. Go to this link for more information:

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Lake Ontario report:

The bite has been moving toward the harbor as the salmon await their run into the Oswego River. Anglers were finding some activity in the lake but the wind has been a factor this week. Lake application remains the same with flashers, flies and spoons in white and green working well.

Pulaski Area/ Salmon River report:

Notice: The Lower Fly Section will remain CLOSED from Sept 15 until October 31. The Upper Fly Section will OPEN on September 15.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The river is loaded from the estuary all the way up to Altmar. One of the best runs we have ever seen. The lake fishing continues to be decent when conditions allow access. Anglers reported finding action in as shallow as 10 feet and out as far as 220 feet of water over last weekend. There appears to be a good number of salmon still to enter the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Wednesday anglers reported having another excellent day at the Staircase and Ballpark with a mix of kings and cohos moving through. Over the past week kings have been entering the river on a daily basis and we have fish in the river from top to bottom. I gave up trying to figure out the impressive numbers of fish, everyday anglers stop into the shop and say they’ve never seen anything like it. Estaz eggs, glo-bugs, black egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers, estaz stone flies and sucker spawn are working well.

According to Garrett Brancy of Douglaston Salmon Run:

Well, I’ve run out of adjectives. I simply can not think of another way to describe how good the fishing is right now. The rain throughout the day Tuesday and Tuesday night bumped the water up a few inches, just enough to encourage the fish to keep moving. Cool temperatures last night should drop the water temperature a notable degree or two. Here come the cohos! Early reports today from our river walkers and guides indicate the middle portion of the run has a large pod of cohos.

Oneida Lake report:

Fishing this week has been a bit quiet with the weather and wind playing a part in that. Anglers are reporting some perch activity in Big Bay and smallmouth bass are being taken near Lewis Point. Worms and stickbaits are working well.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Things are quiet on the pond at this time.