Fishing Reports for September 23, 2010

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.

Reminder: Seasonal regulations for Great Lakes Tributaries are in effect. Please consult a New York State DEC official regulations guide or they can be found on the DEC Web site at

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has been running mostly between 2,000-3,000cfs for the last few days. Although the activity is a little slow during the day, first thing in the morning and later in the day have been seeing some activity. Anglers on the night wall, Utica St. bridge north, have been having some success. Egg sacs, estaz flies, rubber eggs and trout beads are good choices of bait. Throughout the river sheephead and catfish continue to be active and smallmouth bass are biting on minnows and crankbaits.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:                                                         On the Oswego River, Andy Bliss from Chasin Tails Adventures tells me that the water level has been fluctuating somewhat. The cooler weather helped to push some of the fish that had been holding in the harbor upstream. Most of the activity continues to be from the Utica St. bridge to the dam. Egg sacs, skein, wooly buggers, egg pattern flies, rubber eggs and floating stickbaits are working well. Anglers are finding a few steelhead and browns mixed in among the salmon with roe, egg sacs and worms being the baits of choice.
Lake Ontario report:
The wind has not been much of an issue this week, but there has not been much lake activity to report. Working the waters around the tributary mouths would be a good place to start for anglers wishing to try their luck.

Mexico Bay report:
There has not been much lake fishing to report on this week.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
Salmon River report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
The salmon season is now in full swing and area rivers are receiving a fair amount of fish. Numbers of kings are definitely down so far this season and only time will tell how things will play out. On the Salmon River, fish are scattered top to bottom. The Staircase, Town Pool and Ball Park fished well early in the week, but things have slowed considerably with anglers reporting a mix of trout and Cohoes. If you like fishing up river the Sportsman Pool, Trestle hole and Schoolhouse Pool all have a lot of fish. The Upper and Lower Fly Fishing areas have been consistently producing action on a daily basis but are getting heavy pressure. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds spread out and cover lots of water.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Reports from throughout the run today are that fishing is slow but steady. Small pods of Kings and Cohos have been reported here and there. No big push, but there are fish. The icing on the cake yesterday came at the end of the day when a 20 pound chrome steelhead took a red maribou streamer. Most of you know that true 20 pounders are a fish of a lifetime. This one was photographed and weighed on my boga grip at a true 20 pounds!

Pulaski Area/Lake Ontario report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There has not been much to talk about as far as lake fishing is concerned. It was pretty quiet. Anglers have been doing very well with nice catches in the estuary of the Salmon River using light line and floating egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report
According to Capt. Jim Dence of All Seasons Sports:
The walleye bite continues to be good with trolling the suggested application. Worm harnesses, stickbaits and Michigan Stingers are good choices of bait. Jigging with sonars is also working well. Also look in Oneida Creek for walleye that have followed bait into this area. In 10-18 feet of water around the lake, anglers are finding perch and crappies and you will also find smallmouth bass following natural bait.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
On Oneida Lake, night casting for the walleye 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:
The pond is quiet at this time, but you will still find a few bass taking spinnerbaits, rubber worms, and small crankbaits.

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