Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Pre-spawn staging salmon account for some of the best fishing as well as some of the toughest. Add in ice out conditions with 40-degree water down 30 feet and it’s hit or miss for sure. We have had plenty of hitting and a few misses but all in all it’s just been an incredible season.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Browns, kings, and cohos all in the mix earlier in the week. The wind was an issue yesterday but is settling down today.

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Fishing Charters:

East and south winds had temperatures down 130-150 feet moving higher by the hour on Monday. As we were working to dial the new conditions out we hit a monster coho.

Oswego River report

The water flow has been under 2,000cfs for the last couple of days. This afternoon it is running at 1,220cfs.  There is very little salmon activity in the river although a few stragglers have been seen. Anglers are finding some smallmouth bass and sheepshead using crayfish.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days we have had some cooler weather conditions. A few salmon have been entering the lower end of the river daily. It has been mostly kings but a few cohos have been caught and sighted as well. The best movement has been first thing in the morning and once the bright sun comes out the fish have been holding up in the deeper holes until later in the day. The majority of action has been in the lower end of the river with good reports from the Staircase and Ballpark. Just a reminder that a water release (750cfs) is scheduled for the holiday weekend.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The first three clients off the run as of 10 a.m. fished the upper middle section each reporting sightings of 3-6 salmon pushing through with one hookup. Another client in the lower part of the middle section reported a steady flow of salmon in small pods of 2-6 at a time. They slowed down just before he called in and he went 2/4. All anglers reported a mix of kings and cohos.

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Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Oneida Lake report:

Smallmouth bass have been actively feeding on gizzard shad so keep an eye out for bird activity in various spots. Walleye can be found in deeper water trolling worm harnesses and blade baits and anglers are finding some yellow perch using minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Conditions are the same this time of year with activity being quieter with the heavy weed growth in the pond.  Persistent anglers who adapt to these conditions will find some Northern pike and bass.