Oswego County Fishing Report for September 18, 2018

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait and Tackle:

Kings are being caught all over the map lately. Anglers are having success at the Varick Dam with bottom bouncing rigs, off the high wall using plugs and floating skein, in the harbor trolling spoons, j-plugs, stickbaits and flies, and trolling out in the lake as well. Lake fisherman are doing well in about 50 feet of water. We’ve got some colder temperatures in the short term forecast and we are expecting a solid push of kings into the river by later this week. The river is running at 4,340cfs this afternoon.

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 warmer temperatures have again slowed the movement of fish into the estuary and river. Temperatures are expected to be cooler the next couple of days with the weekend temperatures dropping into the 60s. The last of the season lake anglers are finding a good bite in the waters just off the Salmon River. Flies/flashers and spoons are working well.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

Monday we got mixed reports from anglers, a few groups got into some fish first thing in the morning but overall most anglers reported having a slow day with not much action. In parts of the river like the mid to upper section we do have some fish holding in the deeper holes such as Sportsman, Trestle and Schoolhouse. Anglers we spoke with who fished the Lower Fly Fishing Zone reported getting into a few kings and cohos.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

River Patrol fishing report: the estuary section pepped up a bit from this morning in that some fish have been sighted, holding in a channel of the river, that had not been present earlier this morning. A bit further upriver continues to be relatively barren of fish, with only the occasional sighting and angler hookup. The upper section has continued to provide relatively better, but still limited, angler action due to a very slow trickle of fish movement. The river flow remains at 335cfs.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are continuing to find a few walleye in both shallow and deeper water. The most active times are early and later in the day. Worm harnesses, jigs and blade baits are working well. Look for bass along the weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.