Fishing Reports for September 25, 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 in the river is running at 1,670cfs as of this morning. The fishing has been up and down with a good salmon bite one day and the brown trout are active the next. Anglers reported some decent action this morning. Most activity is taking place at the dam and behind the powerhouse. 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. More rain is forecast for Sunday into the first part of next week which should help move some fish.

Lake Ontario report:
Lake fishing is tapering off as the rivers are becoming more populated with fish. Salmon have been moving 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:
The lake fishing season is winding down and more and more salmon are working their way into the tributaries. A few anglers have been seen this week still working the waters just off the mouths of the rivers.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Anglers who fished the Staircase and Ballpark on Wednesday reported having a good day with plenty of action. The upper end of the river has fish holding in the deeper holes as well as the Upper & Lower Fly Fishing Area. Estaz eggs, comets, woolly buggers, estaz stoneflies, bunny leeches and starlite leeches seem to be producing the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Anglers and staff are reporting a steady run of fish throughout the DSR. There’s a nice mix of kings, cohos, browns and steelies. The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day to come to the river!

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
Both Tuesday and Wednesday I saw a tremendous amount of coho salmon making their way to the hatchery at a high, high rate of speed. Plenty of kings mixed in as well as trout. What a run of fish! Look for most of them to be in the upper river in a day or two tops. We just don’t get much of a chance with them, but man it is fun when we do! Hopefully they keep pouring in and by the weekend most of the river should be lit up with fish.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The estuary is still very active and a good number of salmon have made their way up the river. The bottom half, however, still remains the most heavily populated.  The smaller tributaries of the lake do not have much water at this point, so there is very little going on in those locations.

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