Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 22, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite in 20-40 feet of water with stickbaits and spoons. King salmon can be found in deeper water with anglers having success in 100-175 feet of water with spoons working well. Lake trout are active in about 120 feet of water.

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

The fishing is just spectacular on Lake Ontario. The only hard decision is which species to target. Along with plenty of brown trout there are kings upon kings!

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been fairly consistent running between 4,000 and 6,000cfs for a few days. This morning it is running at 6,200cfs. 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 action has slowed down and only a few anglers have been fishing. The occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. Anglers have had the most success swinging black and olive woolly buggers in the faster water. Covering lots of water has also been the key to producing the best results. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action (catch and release), we have good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

It was a truly beautiful day on the water today.  Good water levels and little wind.  The half dozen anglers that joined us today, while enjoying the conditions, had a slow day.  No reports of any Steelhead being brought to hand and fewer numbers of Smallmouth bass than we have seen lately. The bass, of course, are still here, but seemed preoccupied with spawning activities.  Water remains at 350 cfs from the reservoir and is currently 500 cfs at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

The walleye action is continuing on Oneida Lake. Anglers are fishing in 10-15 feet of water early in the day and moving out to the 20-35 foot depths as the day goes on. Blade baits and jigs have been working. Pickerel fishing has also been good with stickbaits and crankbaits. Anglers are also finding some bullhead action in the evening.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been walleye and northern pike activity reported on the pond with stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs working well.