Central New York Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2013
Lake Ontario: The strong winds over the weekend made getting out on the big lake very difficult, so no new fishing information to report this week. When things settle down look for salmon 60-80 feet down over 150-200 feet of water. Good baits were spoons, flashers and cut-bait, flashers and whole alewives, and flashers and flies. Green and white had been productive colors. Anglers are getting baits down with variety of methods such as wire and Dipsey divers (about 250-300 feet back), copper (600 feet) and downriggers.
Oneida Lake: An algae bloom has made fishing more difficult, but walleye continue to be caught when the wind isn’t blowing too hard and anglers can get out. Walleye were being taken in the 20- to 30-foot zone. Try around Shackelton and Messenger Shoals and Buoy 113. Good baits have been black and purple bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawler, as well as blade baits.
Oswego River: Smallmouth bass were hitting on crankbaits, minnows, crayfish and spinnerbaits. Catfish and sheepshead (freshwater drum) were being taken on crayfish or night crawlers.
Salmon River: Most anglers are awaiting the first salmon runs of the season, so nothing to report.
Irondequoit Bay: Bass fishing continued to be good on jigs, plastics and topwaters.
Sodus Bay: Panfish were being taken on small jigs, minnows and worms. Bass fishing has been good on Senko-style baits and weedless frogs. A few northern pike were being taken on large minnows.
Sandy Pond: Fishing early or late in the day was still producing some walleye, panfish and largemouth bass.