Central New York Fishing Report – October 18th, 2013

Lake Ontario: Many of the salmon have made their way into the estuaries or river mouths. Fishing on the lake has really started to wind down because of it. Salmon being taken around river mouths were shallow and are hitting glow J-plugs and glow flutter spoons.

Oneida Lake: Yellow perch were still being found in 10-20 feet of water, with Big Bay, Dunham and Frenchman's islands the most productive spots of late. Minnows, worms and small jigs have been working. A few walleye were starting to be caught by shore anglers casting stick baits  after dark, but overall it’s still very slow. Some cooler weather was needed to improve the shore bite.

Oswego River: More salmon have entered the river and were being caught throughout. Good baits are egg-imitating flies and plastics, and also egg sacs or skein. A few trout were also being caught mixed in with the salmon. Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river.

Salmon River: There are salmon being caught in the estuary, the lower and middle river and also in the lower and upper fly areas. Good baits have been plastic eggs, egg-imitating flies and streamers.

Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass fishing has slowed, but fishing the outside weed edges continued to work. Though fewer bass are being caught, some have been nice-sized. Good baits have been crankbaits and spinnerbaits.

Sandy Pond: Fishing is generally slow on the pond this time of year. Nothing new to report, and it may remain that way until the ice fishing season.

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