The Fishcap Report, September 26 - October 3


This week's fishing forecast...

Salmon River

Fishing is “incredible” now in the Salmon, with pods of 100 to 1000 fish gathering at the river mouth near Port Ontario to move up river. Wherever you are, fishing dependent on when and how fast the fish move upstream. Egg sacs are working best.

At Pulaski, fish striking Number 4 chartreuse or black flies. Swing into the current from a position (angler’s) between 11 and 2 o’clock.

Night bite terrific trolling just outside Port Ontario at 6- to 15-foot depths. Use any color glow spoons.

Lake Ontario

Chaumont Bay “on fire” for bass. Find them in water seven to eight feet deep, at rocky flats or points. Reaction baits working best. Try white spinner baits, square-billed Spros in Texas shad color.

Drop shots also working in shallow water – use more of a horizontal presentation rather than vertical, “hopping” the bait back to the boat.

Near islands off Henderson Bay, good fishing for bass in eight to 15 feet of water.

Walleyes in good numbers off Herrick Shoal, in 10 to 15 feet of water; use Mister Twisters.

Butterfield Lake

In Redwood, great bass fishing along shallow weed beds; jig & pig with a shakey head working best.

St. Lawrence River

Muskies starting to eye bigger food. Lures 8 to 12 inches long working best. (Later in fall, 14 to 18 inch preferred.) Purple and black are current hot colors. Check out 40 Acre Shoals, and upper end of Grindstone and Carleton islands.

Black Lake

End of season frog bite “phenomenal” now, with 50 fish days possible. Huge schools of crappies moving into shallower waters.

For this week’s Fishing Report, thanks to angler and FISHCAP coordinator Don Meissner; Fat Nancy’s Bait Shop; 1000 Islands Bait Shop; and Gander Mountain.

For more on fishing in the St. Lawrence River Valley, go to

This week's picture: Brad Paradis brought in a seven pound, eight ounce smallmouth at last Sunday’s NNY Bassmasters Club Championship at Waddington. The fish came within 12 ounces of the state record and was the largest bass ever weighed in, in the club’s history. Paradis snagged the lunker in the St. Lawrence near Morristown.




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