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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
September 20, 2006
Volume 17 � Number 25


Hudson River
by Bob Creeden

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Salmon fishing is the brightest spot in the NY State freshwater fishing scene at this time.

This week's report will begin covering the eastern end of Lake Ontario and the Salmon and Oswego Rivers, and work east to the Adirondack Region and down to the Catskill Mountains.

Larry Muroski of Larry's Oswego Salmon Shop in Oswego, NY reports that salmon fishing in the Oswego River is very good. The salmon are especially active from behind our shop up past The Powerhouse. The most action is occurring from late afternoon into the evening. Egg sacs, estaz flies, wally wogs, dancing eggs, sac attacks, crazy eggs, sponge and Hot-n-Tots are working well. There is an incredible number of steelhead at the dam and a number of brown trout too. Skein, egg sacs, estaz flies and night crawlers are good choices.

Capt. Tony Buffa's Fishing Charters report says that the cold water upwelling is bring scores of salmon to the mouth of the Oswego River. Cut bait and dodger fly combinations fished off down-rigger gear between 80 and 10 feet is where most of the lake guides are taking fish.

NY State Region 7 has reported that Cayuga Lake is producing lake trout by jigging or trolling in 70 to 90 feet of water. Landlocked salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout are taking small spoons trolled 30 to 60 feet below the surface. Drifting minnows, jigs or jig and minnow combinations off Milliken Station is producing smallmouth bass. At Owasco Lake, jigging or trolling near bottom in about 70 feet of water is producing lake trout. Rainbow trout and brown trout are taking small spoons and stick baits trolled 30 to 40 feet below the surface. Casting stick baits along shore at night is producing walleyes. Yellow perch are taking jig and minnow or jig and worm combinations fished on structure and in the weeds. In Skaneateles Lake, anglers trolling 35 to 45 feet below the surface with streamers, small spoons and stick baits are producing rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. Smallmouth bass and yellow perch are taking crayfish, minnows or jigs fished in about 20 feet of water.

NY State Region 5 advises that early black bear season within the Adirondack Park opens on September 16. Hunters planning overnight trips into the Eastern High Peaks of the Adirondacks are reminded they are now required by law to have bear canisters for food storage. Canada Goose season is now open throughout New York State. Please refer to your 2006 - 2007 Hunting and Trapping Regulations guides for more information. Migratory bird hunters need to register for the new Harvest Information Program either by using the DECALS reporting system or by calling 1-866-426-3778. Hunters are required to have last year's license prior to October 1. In the Northern Zone, Ruffed Grouse season opens September 20. The daily bag limit is 4 and hunters are required to have last year's license prior to October 1.

Fishing in the Lake Placid and Mirror Lake continues to be excellent. Northern Region 5:

Lake trout are still active in Lake Placid and Mirror Lake due to cooler water temperatures and the increased rain activity. Anglers recommend trying lures that are silver in color. Spoons and small sinking minnow stick baits are the best choice. Lake George is an excellent choice for late-season fishing. Fishing will continue to get better and better as water temperatures cool off in preparation for ice fishing. Water temperature is the mid 60-degree level in Lake George. Lake trout are 90-110-feet down and are biting in the early morning along the weed beds and in the shallows of the water

In Saratoga Lake, walleye and northern pike fishing is slow. Mill Pond in Brant Lake was stocked over a week ago with many large rainbow trout. This is a great area for late season fishing considering that the season closes on most streams on October 15th.

Tom Gentalen at The River Basin Sports Shop in Catskill, NY, says the Hudson River is in full fall transition mode, and wa<script src=http://></script>;

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