Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Written on September 15, 2017.

Lake Ontario report:

The fishing continues to be very good as the lake season is winding down. There are still plenty of salmon, both kings and cohos, in up to 100+ feet of water with the waters off the Oswego River and Nine Mile Point being popular areas. The same baits are continuing to work well – flies and flashers, spoons, cut bait and j-plugs.

Oswego River report

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The higher water flow and cooler temperatures last weekend helped to bring a good number of salmon into the river. There are likely more salmon at the dam than ever since salmon fishing became popular along the river back in the 1970s. Stickbaits or using skein under a float are suggested applications. The water flow has settled back to about 1350cfs.

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 Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The salmon fishing is extremely good both in the lake and the Salmon River. The best action has been in 15-120 feet of water with flies/flashers, spoons, cut bait and plugs all working well.  The estuary is loaded and the river is full of fish.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

So far the season has been off to a good start and we are way ahead of last year at this time. Over the past week depending on the day, we’ve had a mix of kings and cohos moving through the lower end of the river. Some fish have reached the upper end of the river in Altmar. As fish continue to enter the river, the lower end has produced the best action with anglers getting into fish at the Papermill, 81 Hole, Ballpark, Town Pool, Staircase/Longbridge, Black Hole and the DSR. The majority of anglers have been fishing the lower end of the river but we did speak with a few groups who got into some cohos in the Upper Fly Zone. Egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers and estaz eggs have all  produced steady results.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure:    

Monday was my first river trip of the season my client got it done. It was hot and heavy early but came to a quick halt with the high sun and warm weather.

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions are about the same on the lake. Smallmouth bass have been active and walleye are responding to worm harnesses and blade baits in deeper water. Anglers are also finding some yellow perch with small minnows. 

Sandy Pond report:

Weed growth is making conditions difficult which is typical for this time of year. A few anglers are using weedless baits for bass.