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After listening to the rain and wind all night long I decided not to get out of bed when my alarm went off. I did go for a drive later on to check things out. I started at Mexico Point State Park Launch where I found no less ice than there was a few days ago. It will still be a couple weeks before we are out there chasing brown trout.

Grindstone Creek was completely blown out. It should fish very well in a few days as long as we don’t get any more rain. This high water will bring in some new fish.

The Salmon River is high and off color in town.  The Pineville gauge is reading 1150 cfs. There was no one fishing in town but there were 4 or 5 cars at the DSR. The Salmon is fishable but you will need to find slower water. This is a good time to hire a guide if you are not familiar with fishing high water. Plug fishing from a drift boat is often very good when the water is up. There is no rain in the forecast so everything should start to drop a little. Warm weather will start melting the snow on the hill though so it may not drop a lot. The flow cast is 750 cfs through tomorrow.

There are also some smaller creeks that will be fishing excellent in a day or two as the water recedes.

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There was safe ice today on Sackets Harbor inside the marina. The pike bite was good. I am thinking it might be fishable tomorrow but after that it will be no good until it gets cold again.

The pike and panfish bite on Lake View has been ok but again tomorrow will be the last day I would venture out on it until it gets cold again.

Rollaway Bay on Black Lake had a very good Crappie bite and had 6 inches of ice. It might stay good through the weekend but I would make a phone call or two before making the drive.

As you can see this warm weather is going to put a damper on our early ice. Hopefully Christmas week will lock everything back up for us and we will be back out there.

Take advantage of warm weather and hit the rivers for Steelhead or Brown Trout. That is what I will be doing tomorrow morning. The trout bite has been hot in Oswego and on the Salmon River.

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The water is dropping and the fish are hitting. The Salmon River is at 900 cfs. This is a great level to fish from shore or a drift boat for Steelhead. The river has fish from top to bottom with most of the fishing pressure being on the top half of the river. Your best bet is drifting an egg sac or bead under a float. If you are fly fishing egg patterns such as the 3 loop pink lady(my favorite) will get the job done.

Cold weather, snow and strong winds will keep most away the next couple days. If you can handle the weather you should be rewarded with fish.

The smaller streams are also on the drop. The Sandy’s have been fishing well and and should be at good levels by now. Earlier in the week they where both still very high. After all the high water we had there are Steelhead in all the small streams. Don’t over look even the smallest of waters. If it connects to Lake Ontario there are probably fish in it. Remember though if the water is low and clear it will take a lot of stealth to get the bait to the fish before they see you.

Grindstone Creek was fishing well Tuesday and Wednesday. I fished it both days and we hooked multiple fish on each day. Unfortunately our 6 pound leaders where no match for the fish we hooked and they all got off.

If you need flies, egg sacs, hooks, sinkers, floats or anything else stop into Salmon River Sports Shop. Button will hook you up with everything you need.

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Andy and I went out of Mexico Point State Boat launch this morning just after 6 am. We ran out in front of the A-frame and set up to troll for bass. After trolling for about 5 minutes we caught and released a small bass on a Flicker Shad.

We continued to troll back past Mexico Point and in front of Sage Creek. It was there that lead core rod with just shy of 2 colors out fired. This time we knew it was a good fish. When the fish jumped we saw it was a nice brown trout. The fish put up a good fight but eventually ended up in the net. It weighed in at just over 5 pounds. After trolling a while longer with no hits we decided to pull lines in and run over towards Catfish Creek.

As we got over that way we noticed there where a lot of bigger boats fishing the deeper water in that area. We set up in 20 feet trolling towards shore. This time it was the flat line rod with a Small Mouth Bass colored Live Target lure back 60 feet that fired. This fish took a bit to get to the net as it was a 6 pound brown on a very light bass rod. We then trolled back to Mexico Point with out another hit and called it a morning as it was getting hot and humid.

This was my first time not doing well on the bass in Mexico Bay but the brown trout more than made up for it.

Brown Trout caught fishing Mexico Bay

Brown Trout caught fishing Mexico Bay

A nice brown trout caught in Mexico Bay on Lake Ontario

A nice brown trout caught in Mexico Bay on Lake Ontario

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Decided to go out this morning and row around to see if the Brown Trout where hitting yet. The answer was yes. We fished for one hour and 40 minutes had 4 hits and landed 3. Two nice brown trout and one very nice steelhead. The wind and waves picked up so we headed in happy with our catch.

This nice Brown Trout hit in about 9 feet of water on a Jointed Rapala

This nice Brown Trout hit in about 9 feet of water on a Jointed Rapala

A nice little Lake Ontario Brown Trout

A nice little Lake Ontario Brown Trout

A nice bonus when fishing Lake Ontario for Brown Trout.

A nice bonus when fishing Lake Ontario for Brown Trout.

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Fished the Oswego RIver for about 4 hours. Caught 2 nice Brown Trout both while trolling yellow hotshots behind my drift boat. ImageImageImage

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