Central New York Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013
Lake Ontario: The chinook salmon bite continued to improve. Fish were being found 100-120 feet down over 200-300 feet of water. Good baits have been spoons, flashers and cut bait, flashers and whole alewives, and flashers and flies. Green and white are continuing to be productive colors. Water fleas are becoming a nuisance, so check lines often. Brown trout are being found in 40-50 feet, down 20-35 feet from the surface and taking the same baits as the salmon. Lake trout were on the bottom in 120-130 feet of water and were taking fire plugs and peanuts as well as spoons.
Oneida Lake: Walleye fishing continued to be good when the wind isn't blowing too hard and anglers can get out. Walleye were still being taken in both shallow and deep water, from 10 to 30 feet, but the most consistent action continued to be 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 nightcrawler, as well as blade baits. Bass fishing continued to be good, particularly in and around Big Bay and Lewis Point.
Oswego River: Walleye were hitting on stick baits or nightcrawlers and smallmouth bass were being caught on crankbaits, minnows, crayfish and spinnerbaits.
Salmon River: A few Atlantic salmon and Skamania strain steelhead were 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 topwaters.
Sodus Bay: Panfish were being taken on small jigs, minnows and worms. Bass fishing has been good on bass jigs, plastics and topwaters. A few northern pike were being taken on large minnows.
Sandy Pond: A few walleye were still being caught, as were some bluegills. Largemouth bass were being caught more regularly; try using plastic worms and spinnerbaits. The higher water level has helped the fishing and boating conditions.