Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Written on September 21, 2017.

Lake Ontario report:

The fishing continues to be very good as the lake season is winding down. However with the very warm temperatures and sunny days this week, these conditions have kept a number of salmon in the lake so the fishing is still very good. There are 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

The fishing at the dam continues to be good. Lower water levels and warm, humid temperatures this week have slowed the action some but there are still a large number of fish in the river with many more to come once the weather changes to more seasonable fall temperatures. Stickbaits or using skein under a float, smack beads and egg sacs are suggested applications. The water flow has been fairly consistent the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 1300cfs. 

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 fishing is outstanding. The lake fishing remains very good with some of the charters still booking double charter days. With the warm, dry weather we have had the lake fishing will likely continue until the weather changes. Glow spoons are working very well along with flies and flashers. The estuary of the Salmon River is loaded and there are fish moving up through the river. There will likely be a marked increase in that movement once the cooler temperatures arrive if not before then. Egg sacs, floating egg sacs and flies are suggested baits.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

This week we have had some warm and humid weather along with plenty of sunshine. We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom. The last couple of days anglers have reported fish in both the Upper and Lower Fly Zone, Trestle Pool, Sportsman Pool, Town Pool and the estuary. With the recent hot weather the fish movement has slowed down some and the best action continues to be first thing in the morning and late in the day.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

River Patrol reports early this morning mentioned a medium sized push of primarily kings into the lower section and the middle section seeing a lot of fish moving upriver. The upper section has a “lot of fish.” One happy but exhausted client came up about 9:30 to report he was going home after 40 hookups. He was an exception but other clients reported fairly good, consistent action throughout all sections of the run.

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Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery will hold its annual Open House this Saturday, September 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.