Lake Ontario: Most of the tributaries were still very low and not many trout or salmon have been running. Some trout and salmon were being caught from shore near the creek mouths. Try casting heavy spoons.
Oneida Lake: Strong winds at times made getting out on the lake difficult. The shore walleye bite continued to improve, however. Casting stick baits (minnow-imitating plugs like Rapalas or Thunderstiks) or crankbaits (Shad Raps) just before and after dark was producing some good catches of walleye. When anglers can get their boats out, yellow perch fishing continued to be good in the 12- to 15-foot depth range for anglers using minnows. The docks at the DEC launch were set to be pulled. The Lewis Point Fishing Access Site was available for use again this year. This is an excellent spot to cast from shore at night. DEC officials ask anglers to be respectful of the private property by not driving on the grass or leaving garbage. Future use is not a guarantee.
Oswego River: The salmon were starting to decline, but steelhead/rainbows and brown trout were moving in to pick up the slack. A couple of Atlantic salmon have been reportedly caught as well. Try egg sacs, skein, and egg-imitating plastics (like Trick ’em beads in Ontari-roe, honey UV orange and tangerine roe), and flies.
Salmon River: Steelhead fishing has been very good in the lower and mid-section of the river, while some salmon (chinook and coho) were still being taken in the mid-to-upper sections of the river. Several nice Atlantic salmon have been caught. Good baits for the steelhead and salmon have been streamers, woolly buggers, stoneflies and egg-imitating flies and plastics. Egg sacs have also been working well for the steelhead.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Small minnows and plastic grubs have been working well for yellow perch in both bays. The north ends of both bays are a good place to start.
Sandy Pond: Nothing to report.
Waneta Lake: Some muskies have been caught by anglers trolling large stick baits in 10 to 20 feet of water. Very few anglers were out for yellow perch, but that can also be productive this time of year.