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:

Two days with our clients and limit catches both days – kings, cohos and a bonus lake trout. Fishing remains incredible with staging salmon scattered from west of Oswego all the way north to Henderson Harbor. It’s just been difficult to get two days in a row with the wind.

Oswego River report

The water flow has been over 2,000cfs a couple of times since yesterday. This afternoon it is running at 1,760cfs.  There was not a lot of salmon activity in the river over the weekend 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.

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Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The salmon fishing is very good. The best action has been in 15 to 100 feet of water with flies/flashers, spoons, cut bait, and plugs all working well. Anglers are finding some fish in the estuary and up through the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The majority of anglers we spoke with who fished the river this weekend reported getting into mostly kings with a few cohos in the mix. The best action has been in the lower end of the river in the DSR and also in the Ballpark, Town Pool, Staircase/Longbridge and the Black Hole. First thing in the morning is producing the best action on sunny days.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Over the weekend, the middle section saw the most activity. The early report this morning is that it looks like last night’s heavy rains have gotten things going early this morning. DSR Guide Steven Kowalski of Angling Adventures Guide service called from the bottom end of the run. He reported seeing fish jumping here and there from the Pine Grove boat launch all the way to the lower clay. Since the beginning of legal fishing light he’s observed a solid number of both kings and cohos moving around in the bottom end of the property. He shared that the cohos seem to be doing their typical early season run upstream 50 yards and turn around while the kings are getting down to business and rocketing up stream.

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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.