Oswego County Fishing Report for August 16, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on August 16, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

The fishing on Lake Ontario has been great. You can find salmon from 120-700 feet. They are everywhere with the best concentrations in 250-500 feet of water. Most salmon are being caught on A-TOM-MIK flies and meat rigs. Chrome in the sun and whites early and late in the day. Brown trout can be found in 60-90 feet of water and they are very active as well. Good luck to all fishing the LOC derby!

Oswego River report:

Although Oswego did not receive the heavy rain that other areas did on Tuesday, the regional rainfall does affect the Oswego River flow. This morning it is up to 7,000cfs. Anglers are finding bass, sheepshead and catfish with behind the hotels the suggested areas to try with this flow.  

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:

Pulaski Area:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The good fishing continues on the lake. Brown trout are very active in 50-80 feet of water. The salmon bite is continuing in the deeper water, 350-500 feet. Flies/flashers, spoons, and cut bait are all working well. There have been reports of two salmon being taken in the Salmon River in the last day or so. There were a couple other sightings but no real influx as yet.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The season became official yesterday with an angler that was able to bring a couple of salmon to hand.  That angler left at noon and another set of anglers reported having seen a salmon as well.  Looking at the picture of one of the salmon that was landed, I would not say that the fish was fresh.  My thinking is that the high water bump that we received from the rain Tuesday encouraged a few fish that had been hanging out in the estuary to poke their noses into our run.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

There continues to be a walleye bite on the lake although a bit slower as typically happens this time of year. Trolling seems to be the best application as there does not seem to be as much action jigging. It is likely that fish are beginning to feed on gizzard shad. Look for a bass bite along the shoals and weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.