Central New York Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

Lake Ontario: Fishing picked up a little for chinook salmon and they were being found 50-90 feet down over 300-400 feet of water. Spoons and flashers in shades of green have been working, as well as cut bait. A few steelhead were also being taken over the 300- to 400-foot depths on red spoons fished 10-20 feet down. Brown trout were being found in 40-50 feet, down 20-35 feet from the surface taking flutter spoons and stingers off downriggers. Lake trout were on the bottom in 120-130 feet of water and were taking fire plugs and peanuts with cowbells as well as spoons. Bass were hitting crayfish and minnows in 20 feet of water around Mexico. Fishing two feet or more off bottom will help avoid some of the bait-stealing gobies.

Oneida Lake: Walleye were still being taken in both shallow and deep water, from 10 to 30 feet, but the most consistent action has been in the 20- to 30-foot zone. Try the area just west of Shackelton Shoals. Good baits have been black and purple bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawler, blade baits and perch-colored stick baits. Bass fishing has been good, particularly in and around Big Bay.

Oswego River: There should be catfish and sheepshead (freshwater drum) in the river; try crayfish or nightcrawlers as bait.

Salmon River: There were a few Atlantic salmon and Skamania strain steelhead being taken in the upper river. The lower river was yielding some smallmouths and rock bass.

Irondequoit Bay: Bass fishing has been good on bass jigs, plastics and top-water lures.

Sandy Pond: A few walleye were still being caught, along with some bluegills and a few yellow perch. Largemouth bass were being caught more regularly; try using plastic worms and spinnerbaits. The higher water level has helped the fishing and boating conditions.

Sodus Bay: Panfish were being taken on small jigs, minnows and worms. Bass fishing has been good on jigs, plastics and top-water lures.

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