Fishing Reports for September 23, 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 o 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/Lake Ontario report:

Oswego River report:

The activity in the river proved much less exciting than most hoped for this weekend. The water level is low and anglers were having a tough time finding fish. Some rainbows were caught and a few kings were also taken. Although there is no precipitation in the seven day forecast, a good rain would likely help push a run of salmon into the river. Estaz flies, egg sacs and skein are good choices of bait.

Lake Ontario report:

A few anglers continue to work the lake waters for salmon. Kings and cohos remain schooled in up to 100 ft. of water. Fishing with E-chips and Spin Doctor flashers, with A-Tom-Mik flies, J-plugs, cut-bait, and spoons all seem to be working.

Mexico Bay report:

The lake fishing season is winding down for 2008. Some anglers have continued to fish the areas just off the tributary mouths for salmon. Bass are also being taken along the shoreline.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

It was kind of a tough weekend because we had lots of anglers in town and we did not get any big numbers of new fish entering the river. Anglers reported that at first light small pods of fish were on the move, but they quickly moved into the deeper holes. We got mixed reports from anglers but overall anglers made the most of the conditions. We fished the flats with no success, but we managed to land one king and a nice Altantic in the Spring Hole along with a few other hook ups. The upper end of the river is holding fish in some of the deeper holes. Suggested patterns: pink or chartreuse estaz eggs, glo-bugs, black egg sucking leeches; orange, pink or chartreuse comets and brown or olive woolly buggers.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers are still reporting small pods of cohos every few hours. The anglers fishing the bigger pools and runs are having some success as well.

Lake Ontario report off Port Ontario:

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, 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 rockpiles and perch can be found in 12-15 ft. of water 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.