Salmon River, Lake Ontario Fishing Report 9/22/11
Salmon River, Lake Ontario, Fishing Report
King Salmon continue to school in front of area tributaries and are providing great catches to the anglers that are willing to put in some time, effort and give up a nights sleep! The night bite and just before dawn bite has been the best this week. Glow green and glow blue spoons, J-Plugs in glow green, glow blue and J13 Rapalas are catching most of the fish. Guys sitting and fishing with skein are taking fish as well.
There are plenty of Kings, Coho's and steelhead in the Salmon and Oswego River and plenty more on the way. Don’t be afraid to do some scouting, lighten up on your gear and try new things. You have to change it up to be successful.
The Oswego river has been running between 4,000 & 4,500 cfs. Use skein, flies, egg sacs & egg imitations.
On the Salmon River, we have a very lean 335 cfs and we need rain bad! Hard to believe that while the entire northeast was flooded, we once again are in the drought zone!
Fish have made it to the hatchery and they are scattered in the deep holes like the Sportsman pool, Trestle, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse. Get there early and fish the fasted water you can find below or above the deep pools.
There has been more Coho’s then kings come in the bottom end so far but the biggest runs are yet to come.
Open water fishing is spotty with some boats taking 2 yr old salmon and steelhead in 200 to 600 FOW. Crank up the speed with spoons and E-chips with Atomik flies and cover water. Look for bait pods and work them in various directions.
On Oneida Lake, smallmouth bass have been active particularly near Shackelton Shoals. Look for walleye in 40 ft. of water using jr. thundersticks in silver/blue and the perch series. We have also had reports of some yellow perch activity around Godfrey point and in 10 to12 ft. of water in front of well-defined weed beds using fathead minnows.
The fish are here with more on the way. Make time to hit the waters in the next month or so, as before you know it snow will be falling.
Please be respectful of others and put a few back for the next guy.
See you on the water!