Oswego County Fishing Report for August 28, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on August 28, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing continues to be very good. The wind was a bit of an issue over the weekend as it moved the fish around but most anglers succeeded in finding them. After a few cooler days, the heat and humidity have returned until Thursday when temperatures will become more seasonable. The best concentration of salmon has been in 250-500 feet of water recently with some nice ones taken in 300-350 feet of water. Flies/flashers, spoons and meat rigs are working well. Brown trout are active in 40-80 feet of water. 

Oswego River report:

The river flow has been running under 4,000cfs for several days. This morning it is running at 3,190cfs. Very warm temperatures and the humidity have returned for the first part of the week. Anglers are finding bass, sheepshead and catfish with crayfish and nightcrawlers suggested bait. There has been no significant salmon activity reported as yet.

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 wind was also a bit of an issue this weekend but the good fishing continues on the lake. Look for an active brown trout bite in 20-60 feet of water. Anglers are finding some salmon in 100+ feet of water with a good concentration still out in the 350-500 foot water depth. Flies/flashers, spoons, and cut bait are all working well.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

There were reports of good salmon movement over the weekend with most anglers seeing many groups of 3 to 5 fish moving through the run with some reports of even larger numbers. Clearly the best presence of salmon on the run so far this season. All anglers that I spoke with were able to have several hookups and most brought multiple fish to hand. We can only hope that the trend continues. Still, it would be nice to see some cooler temperatures but the forecast suggests otherwise for the next couple of days. A little slower activity yesterday likely due to the warm temperatures. Most anglers indicated a couple kings each, but no significant numbers. We had a young angler land an Atlantic in the middle section of the run later in the afternoon and several steelhead spotted on the run today. Reports of moderate fish activity in the estuary, but the fish in the estuary didn’t seem to want to move up today due to temperatures. The release at the dam remains at 185 cfs with a reported flow of 285 cfs at the Pineville gauge as of this afternoon.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are continuing to find some walleye in 10-30 feet of water with early and late in the day providing the best opportunity. Worm harnesses, jigs and blade baits are working well. Bass are active along the weed beds. Watch for bird activity and you will likely find some bass.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.