Fishing Reports for September 25, 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 about 1300cfs over the weekend but has settled back to 1,070cfs as of this afternoon. There are salmon throughout the river now with the highest concentration at the dam. 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.


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Lake Ontario report:

There has not been a lot to report from the lake the last few days. The weather including the wind over the weekend kept most anglers on shore. The marine forecast over the next couple of days does not look promising for end of the season lake action.

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 has been difficult to access this week with the wind but there appears to be a good number of salmon still to enter the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level remains at 185cfs. The Upper Fly Fishing Zone is open and anglers reported it is holding fish but they are very line shy with the low water. The fishing in the lower end of the river has been excellent. If you’ve been here you know what I’m taking about, if not what are you waiting for? 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:

Over the last few days the numbers of fresh kings entering the river has started to wane compared to last week and the week before. Many anglers have noted before me that the overwhelming majority of these fish were wild, as they did not lack adipose fins, which the hatchery now clips. This is good news for tributary anglers as it means that we still have plenty of hatchery kings in the lake that have yet to run the river. In the wake of the kings have come the cohos and in the last two days we have seen very good numbers of our silver and pink friends. Along with them have come a few steelhead and brown trout making for a nice mixed bag.

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.