Oswego County Fishing Report for September 12, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on September 12, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The weather has been difficult over the last few days. Saturday the wind was an issue, Monday it rained and yesterday although the lake was calm, the fog was very thick for much of the day. Conditions were improving by noon time. Anglers have reported that the bite has been a bit slower at times even with the number of fish showing up on fish finders. With the cooler weather we had anglers were targeting more shallow depths including 100 feet and under. Flasher/fly combinations have been working well.

Oswego River report:

Along with an increase in waterflow over the last day or so, the first push of salmon have made their run into the river. The river flow reached 7,000cfs yesterday but is back down to 3,030cfs this morning. Anglers are finding action both from the wall and up at the dam. Egg sacs, thundersticks, and float fishing skein are all working well.

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:

The cooler temperatures helped to push a number of salmon into the estuary and up into the river. Lake anglers are finding shallow water, up to about 80 feet off the Salmon River, is producing a good bite with some still out deeper. Flies/flashers and spoons are working well.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

Yesterday the anglers we spoke with who fished the lower end of the river reported having a very good day. The most productive fly patterns were comets, woolly buggers and egg sucking leeches. Bottom bouncing with blue egg sacs was also very productive.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Numerous client comments about the fish action the later part of yesterday were characterized by one client relating that his friend hooked up only three times during the day but that during the last hour he hooked up 15 times at least. This is typical of this time of the year, “first light, first bite”, followed by a series of lulls in activity from about 8:30 AM through the mid-morning into early afternoon. The fish are there, just laying low especially if there is bright sunshine. Then a “fish-on!” switch seems to be flipped around 4 PM, lasting to the end of legal fishing hours. The River Patrol reports fish movement into the estuary section of the run this morning has been described as “a moderate flow”, echoed by other similar reports from all sections of the run – the consensus opinion was that although there is fish movement throughout the run, it is currently lighter than yesterday. The flow is 335cfs with 470cfs at Pineville.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Walleye fishing has slowed down but anglers are finding some in both shallow, 10 feet, and deeper, 30 feet, water. Early and later in the day seem to be the most active. Worm harnesses, jigs and blade baits are working well. Bass are active along the weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.