Hi everyone, Water is running @ 185 cfs…. First King Salmon of the season brought in to Salmon river sports shop caught behind the store. Reports of fish hooked on the big wall, in the ballpark and Black hole. Not a big run by any means. Mostly locals fishing and spotting a few here or there. We are encouraging locals and fishermen not to far away to come out and see if they spot or hook one. Real good reports from the lake!!!! Still early tho and we have a few more hot days ahead. We are busy getting ready and hope to have a good year. Call 315 298 4343 for more info… Happy fishing srss j. button

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 185 cfs. Hope everyone is having a good summer!!! Like we have done for years and we tell most, being a small family owned business does give us a break in the summer months. Not a lot of fish in the river at this time but my daughter Alexa has been dry fly fishing and picking up some small stream browns, looking for a nice size Atlantic!! My son Malcolm and I have been splitting some time in the canoe picking up a little bit of everything but mainly bass. The question on everyone’ s mind is will we have King Salmon and when will they get here? We never really know when or how many. The lake reports have been better of late reporting better size. We will keep a better eye on the lake as we creep closer to migration. We have been sending out lake trips from the store and so far the feed back has been positive. Lets stay optimistic and hope this years return is in better numbers. The store will be open August 15th 6am to 6pm and will take off from there. We have been busy getting ready and the hot line is open!! Happy fishing!!!! srss j. buttonIMG952016041995165631Vinny pics (2)IMG_8642


Hi everyone, Pike season opens mid night tonight !!! We will be open until 10pm tonight and 4am Saturday morning. THE SHOP IS LOADED WITH BAIT!!!! In stock!! night crawlers, trout worms, dillie worms, meal worms, wax worms, spikes, mousies, leeches, crayfish, pike shiners, golden shiners, suckers, rosy reds, buckeyes, fat heads, salted minnows and unsalted buckeyes. Our bait is fresh and ready to catch fish. Walleye has been one of the best fished species over all the last few years and right up to this past ice fishing season. Sandy pond, Oneida Lake, Oswego river, Henderson harbor, and many more fisheries have good size walleye. Northern pike are just about in very drink of water. Northern’s crush just about every thing but with colder water pike shiners work the best on there beds. Pickerel really a great eating fish, very bony, fun to catch and they do get up to six, seven pounds. We put in a selection of floating rapalas, worm harnesses, and spoons. Just enough to get started and we will add on as we go. Weather looks good and happy fishing!! srss j buttonIMG_0486424474_590989577585077_430832585_n1962853_822249307792435_25723514_n

Hi everyone, Water is running @ 350 cfs. Steelhead fishing has been better over this warm up. Water is going to 750 cfs tonight. This should bring in more fresh fish. Females are loaded with eggs and the next few warm ups we should see some spawning fish. Fly fishermen working the bottom with egg patterns produced some strikes. Wax worms under a float is the bait of choice in the deeper pools. When water warms fish move. Getting close to fast water sometimes picks up a better bite. Spring is a tough time to plan a trip. We are more then willing to give you free info on the best time to come. We checked Green point yesterday for ice conditions. There is 5 to 7 inches and the marina should be open. We are on the main pond it doesn’t look like much but fish able since Wednesday. The sportsmen club had there annual kids derby yesterday all had fun and there was some nice fish entered. The report on sandy pond as a whole the bite is slow. There is a good cold front coming soon and this should help some places that are struggling to get better ice. We put in some more lures and we are loaded with fresh minnows. Stop in and we will help you. Happy fishing!! srss j buttonsteelheadwaxworms20160124_072023

Hi everyone, WE HAVE BAIT!! Loaded the big tank and we are now selling minnows by the pound and spikes by the thousand!! We have in stock Black back Pike shiners large and small, Suckers large and small, Purple shine fatheads, Rosy reds, buckeye’s, spikes, Mouses, wax worms, oak leaf grubs,night crawlers,egg sacs and baby bass shiners heartier then a buckeye. My minnow tanks are large capacity and constantly replenish not a refuge witch most tanks are creating bacteria. The water temp is maintained @ 36 degrees just enough to hold healthy minnows. Give your minnows a pinch of salt once in a while helps keep there scales firm. Sandy pond is producing catches. Mainly enough for a meal. Charmount has been the best reports for perch and Walleye. Still hearing Big bay producing catches. A lot of smiling faces this weekend!! Happy fishing srss j buttonwaxwormsice fishingindex

For those of you looking to get into the last stretch of Walleye get in here while they last. we twisted our bait guy’s arm and he managed to kick up a couple pounds of buckeyes for us but he said this is it. We’re the only ones around who have them so get here before they’re gone.

And for those of you looking to get your last day of Northern Pike fishing in we still have Pike Minnows and Suckers so get your fishing in while you can.

big bay and Henderson have been doing well for pickerel. Tip ups with shiners have produced the most fish. we run the tip up about 1 to 2 feet of the bottom with a split shot about 1.5 foot up the line. Pickerel are fun to catch they give a good fight and eat all day. so you can pretty much catch them anytime through out the day time. We just had our derby this past weekend and saw a nice 26 3/4 inch pickerel. Big bay is such a good place for them because there is lots of food for them to eat and tons of weeds to hide in.

Pickerel are always fun to catch but those starting out might not know the best bait and areas. Let us help you there because there’s more around here than you think. First things first…bait. Kastmasters and Swedish Pimples are two of my personal favorites for jigging in the mid to later months of the winter, like we’re in now. I know Kastmasters are obviously most used for casting, but due to their shape and decent weight they also provide good action when jigging through the ice. As for Swedish Pimples, it’s all about the shine. Pickerel love shiner bait of all sizes, if you can use these as live bait then make that your first choice. However, if you’re an avid ice fisherman you know that it’s not uncommon for shops to run out of bait so both of these lures are a good thing to keep in you tackle box.  As far as local areas to fish, Henderson is always a good place to go. Typically if you can find weeded areas then you should be in a good spot. Some people don’t consider Pickerel as much of a game fish as other types due to their average size but those of you who have hooked good sized ones know they have just as much fight in them as any fish under the ice.

Pickerel fishing has been good on Oneida lake. Their is a ton of them in that lake. you can find them in 5 to 12 foot of water on the edges of weed beds. You fish for them the same way you do for pike. We like to run tip ups with minnows on them about a foot and a half off the bottom. We are having our toothy critter derby from February 28th through March 1st 2015. DON’T FORGET!!!
Toothy Critter Derby : Feb 28- Mar 1
5am Sat- 3pm Sunday.
Northern Pike, Pickerel, Walleye
Single man $15 tickets, fish your favorite spot.
All entries based on length*
Cash Prizes, door prizes, food and drink

We are having our toothy critter derby again this year. Hope to see you there
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