A lot of rain overnight but the wind has calmed down for Saturday a bit. Still a bumpy go early and breezy for the day, but things are expected to clear as the day goes on. Conditions with respect to the wind are much more fishable than yesterday and last night where things were very windy and rough along the north shore.
We are getting reports of a nice walleye bite both from shore and in the shallows from the Hatchery to Vienna Bar, the area east of Godfrey Point is producing nice fish, both walleye (sticks, blades, casting harnesses, and jigging raps) and bass (plastics/jerk bait) around the Eaton Shoal. Both have started feeding on gizzard shad. Some are reporting some walleye success in waters greater than 30 feet trolling crankbait-lead core or worm harness/bottom bouncer/planner board configurations. We also have reports of schools of perch moving around the north shore in 30-35 FOW. The walleye night bite has been strong in the very early hours of the morning. Good action has also been reported off the wall in Sylvan Beach, both perch and walleye (some monster walleye were taken). Walleye fishing right now on Oneida Lake is day to day, hour to hour, but the majority of reports this week came in from those who moved closer to shore.
We have also been made aware of the possibility that there will no longer be fishing access from Lewis Point. We have not confirmed this yet, nor know of any official announcement, but the word has been passed from a reliable source. We will follow up with more information as it becomes available as we move into fall and start thinking about ice fishing on Oneida Lake. This would be a major blow for access to a great area for ice fishing.