Oswego County Fishing Report for September 20, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on September 20, 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 fishermen 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.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

The anglers we spoke with who fished the DSR reported having an excellent day yesterday. Anglers said it was a steady movement of fish all day long from top to bottom with a mix of kings and cohos. The slightly cooler temperatures were exactly what we need and it was good to hear that anglers had a great day. The anglers we spoke with who fished the mid to upper section of the river had mixed results, some anglers got into a few fish, while others did not. Overall the best action was in the lower end of the river. For those anglers who were fly fishing the most productive patterns were comets, egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers and glo-bugs. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing, blue egg sacs produced steady results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Call it what you want, a very solid push, a solid run. No matter what one calls it yesterday was as good as it needs to be.  I just came back from the parking lot having had a conversation with a young man that was exuberant for having realized his dream of landing his first salmon.  Many, many happy, satisfied and tired anglers. A great day to be on the run and given that fish were still coming in at the end of the day, today’s prospect looked nothing short of excellent. Reports from everyone that I spoke with described fish “wall to wall and top to bottom.”  Some of our traditional pools had fish in numbers that made them impossible to count. Early this morning the estuary section reported very good numbers of fish continuing to push into the DSR run, however not quite in the unbelievably overwhelming volume of yesterday.

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.