Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on September 29, 2017.

Lake Ontario report:

Lake anglers enjoyed some great fishing this week with the warm temperatures. With the change in the weather pattern and more seasonable temperatures, more salmon are moving into the river. After the wind we had yesterday, it is hard to say what the best water depth will be this weekend but there will be plenty of fish. The same baits are continuing to work well – flies and flashers, spoons, cut bait and j-plugs.

Oswego River report:

The very warm temperatures have finally ended with temperatures in the 60s over the next few days. With this change, there is likely to be a significant push of salmon into the river over the next couple of days.  Possible scattered showers later today and early tomorrow will likely help. Stickbaits or using skein under a float are suggested applications. The water flow has been fairly consistent the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 1140cfs.

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.

*The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

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 lake fishing has been very good this week with a large number of salmon in the 70 foot water depth all week. However with the change in wind direction since yesterday, it is hard to say where they will be at this point. The cooler weather that moved in yesterday has also pushed more fish into the river with activity from top to bottom. Glow spoons are working very well along with flies and flashers in the lake. Egg sacs, floating egg sacs and flies are suggested baits for the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Last evening fishing was described as steady in the mid and upper sections of the run. The lower sections were reported as being on the slower side. A push of fish from the lake was reported by river patrol at sunset. As of this morning the lower section was seeing many more fish than the past few days with some pushing up into the run. The middle section has a LOT of fish pushing through and the upper section is seeing a “fair amount” of fish moving. Water flow remains at 335cfs and the water temperature is 60 degrees.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The cooler temperatures that have moved into the area will likely spark some good fall walleye fishing. Walleye have been active in deeper water with worm harnesses and blade baits working well. Smallmouth bass are feeding on gizzard shad so look for surface feeding and yellow perch are taking 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.