Central New York Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
Lake Ontario: Salmon were being caught 75-90 feet down over 90-100 feet of water and are starting to stage around river mouths like the Oswego and Salmon rivers. Good baits continued to be spoons, flashers and cut-bait, and flashers and flies. White colored lures have been productive.
Oneida Lake: Some walleye were still being taken in 25-30 feet of water on black and purple bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawler. The area around Shackelton Shoals has been good. Some big yellow perch are also being taken mixed in with the walleye.
Oswego River: Smallmouth bass were hitting crankbaits, minnows, crayfish and spinnerbaits. Catfish and sheepshead (freshwater drum) were hitting on crayfish or nightcrawlers. There have been a few early salmon reported in the river.
Salmon River: There are salmon being reported in the lower and middle river, but higher water is needed to bring in more fish.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Fishing the outside weed edges has been working for largemouths. Good baits have been crankbaits and plastic worms. A few northern pike were also being caught.
Sandy Pond: Fishing early or late in the day was still producing some largemouths.