Lake Ontario: Early season salmon fishing can be exciting as small pods of salmon begin making their way into tributaries. Though many anglers have waited all year for this to start it can also be a challenging or frustrating time to fish for salmon. There are nowhere near the numbers that will be there in early October, the water also tends to be low and clear, and it can often be extremely hit-or-miss depending on where you are on the river. Covering water looking for fish is a good starting point; follow area fishing forums for reports of fish being seen moving into the lower river and be prepared for low, clear water and spooky fish.
On the lake itself, salmon fishing was slowly improving, with fish still spread out and are being taken in 80 to 100 feet of water and also still out deep. Some are fishing down 100 to 150 feet over 350 feet of water. Flasher and flies, spoons, J-plugs and cut bait were all working. Things can change quickly this time of year when fish decide to head to the tributaries, so cover water looking for fish or bait if not marking fish.
Oneida Lake: Pretty much the same pattern, with walleye being taken in 30 to 40 feet of water, with stick baits, blade baits, bucktail jigs tipped with nightcrawlers and worm harnesses all working. Bass fishing continued to be good for anglers fishing around the shoals with drop-shot rigs or tube baits. Fishing spinnerbaits or chatterbaits in 5 to 8 feet of water was also yielding bass. Yellow perch action was starting to pick up.
Oswego River: Little has changed, with freshwater drum (sheepshead), channel catfish and smallmouth bass being taken in the river. Try crayfish for the sheepshead and bass, and worms or cut-bait for the catfish. No salmon to report yet, but that could easily have changed by now.
Salmon River: There have been a few salmon spotted in the lower river, but overall things were still slow. Things can change quickly, however, so keep an eye on conditions and keep your ears open for word that more salmon are heading up river.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Bass are still biting well for anglers fishing along the weed edges and shoreline. Senkos have been working really well, as have jigs. No word on the perch fishing.
Sandy Pond: Largemouth bass were providing the most action.