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Fishing Reports for September 29, 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 rain the last couple of days has brought the water flow to almost 4,000cfs at times. As of this morning it is running at 2,970cfs. The increased water level has really helped to push a good number of salmon up into the river. The dam, the area behind the powerhouse and off the high wall have been active places to be. You will also find a few brown trout. 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.

Lake Ontario report:
The lake fishing continues to wind down.  The weather conditions have not been the best with wind and rain. Area tributaries are seeing more and more salmon working upstream. If you are hoping for a last lake trip, fish close to the mouths of the rivers and streams.

Mexico Bay report:
The lake fishing season is winding down and more and more salmon are working their way into the tributaries.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The majority of anglers we spoke with reported having another good day with a steady push of kings and a few cohos in the mix throughout the day. The Staircase, Ballpark, Papermill and RT2A provided plenty of action. Anglers who fished the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Area reported having plenty of action with a mix of kings, cohos and a few browns. 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:
Monday anglers reported steady action throughout the run. Some in the lower clay reported another huge group of kings leaving the estuary and entering the river. This morning the weather is dreary but the anglers are reporting a nice mix of kings and cohos. There’s a good run of fish and we’re hoping all this rain will continue to make fishing awesome throughout the day.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The rain has moved fish up through the entire length of the river. The higher concentration is at the lower end right now but with the rain, these fish will be working upstream. It is likely that we will also see an influx of steelhead and browns into the estuary soon. With the rain, the streams will be seeing a decent run of fish if the rain is enough to raise their water levels.

Oneida Lake report:
Walleye fishing during the day has been slow but anglers are taking some on stickbaits at night. Perch are hitting minnows in 10-15 feet of water especially near Shackleton Shoals. Smallmouth bass continue to be active throughout the lake.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond but spinnerbaits are taking a few northern pike and largemouth bass.