Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 18, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:

If you haven’t been fishing on Lake Ontario, you’re missing out! Saturday we got many browns, another legal size Atlantic, and several smallmouth bass which were returned. There are plenty of trout mixed in with the bass if you want to weed through them. Spoons did more than sticks that day. Sunday we had amazing reports from Oswego and beyond and the action has continued this week. More than enough kings to the net, brown trout, and a couple cohos too.

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

It’s crazy out there on Lake Ontario. Kings, browns, rainbows, Atlantics and big lakers.

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been all over the last few days running as low as 1600cfs and up to 9,000cfs. This morning it is running at 4,450cfs. Boat anglers have been trying the waters north of the Rte. 104 bridge and this flow makes many areas along the river fishable from shore.  Anglers will likely still find a few steelhead. Walleye are being taken with large stickbaits and a few smallmouth bass have been found. Remember it is catch and release with artificial lures only for bass.

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.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days the best action has been in the lower end of the river. Anglers are still getting into a few drop backs as well as some really nice size smallmouth bass (catch and release only). The few anglers who are around have reported having some success at the Compactor, Papermill, 81 Hole, Ball Park, Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase, Black Hole and the DSR. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success swinging black or olive woolly buggers. For those anglers who are float fishing, pink worms and marabou jigs have produced steady results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had a dozen anglers on the run yesterday. Most anglers we spoke with were able to get into a steelie or two, some had a handful brought to hand. We also had reports of a few rainbows caught as well. There were plenty of smallmouth bass to go around. Anglers reported success using pink worms as well as olive and white flies. The water flow is posted to remain at 335cfs through midnight tonight.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports are indicating that the first week of walleye season on Oneida did not disappoint anglers. Limit catches have been taken in 15-35 feet of water. The activity seemed to be in the more shallow depths earlier in the day and as the sun got higher, anglers found the action in the 25-35 foot range. Blade baits and jigs have been working well. Pickerel fishing has also been good with stickbaits and crankbaits. 

Sandy Pond report:

With the opening of walleye and northern pike seasons, there has been some activity reported on the pond. Stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs have been working well.