Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report

According to Jake Metcalf of fishoswegoriver.com:

The water level has dropped significantly to 10,600cfs. Fishing behind the hotels is recommended as this level is still a little high for the west side. Look for smallmouth bass, walleye, sheepshead, carp perch, rockbass and channel cats. If you are looking to target walleyes, then I would suggest fishing early morning or late evening into dark. Bottom bouncing with live bait, jigging, and throwing big lures should attract some eyes.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

A little rough water on Tuesday but we still did well. Yesterday the fishing was excellent with some nice browns, Atlantics and a Cisco.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The brown trout bite has been nothing short of fantastic. We slipped out for lakers and they were everywhere.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The brown trout fishing on Lake Ontario is very good right now with browns being caught from Catfish Creek all the way to the Oswego college in 12-25 feet of water. The best lures have been Michigan Stinger standard size goose and tonic along with the Die Hard spoon. Run the spoons off the downriggers back 50 feet, down 8 feet. Lures such as small Smithwick stickbaits and Bay Rat goby stickbaits off the planer boards back 100-125 feet have also worked well.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The brown trout bite has been very good in 10-20 feet of water all along the eastern end of the lake. Spoons and stickbaits are suggested baits to try. We have had a couple of reports of bullhead from the estuary of the Salmon River and you will likely find them at Mexico Point and Pine Grove.

Salmon River:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We still have a few drop backs hanging around and the lower end of the river has been producing the best action. Areas such as the Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase and Black Hole have produced the best action early in the morning and later in the day. Depending on the day anglers who fished the DSR have reported getting into a mix of drop backs, Atlantic salmon and smallmouth bass. For those anglers who are float fishing, beads have produced the best results. For those anglers who are fly fishing, swinging streamers with sinking leaders has been most productive. The water flow is down to 185cfs as of today.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers on the run yesterday reported a good number of smallmouth bass in the 3-4 pound range using olive/black/brown/white wooly buggers. One lucky angler caught three steelhead, two dropbacks and one chromer, drifting olive or brown colored wooly buggers near the bottom throughout the middle section. Several anglers reported small steelhead and small Atlantic salmon in the middle to upper sections.

Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


Oneida Lake report:

With the opening of the season, anglers have reported getting into some walleye in both shallow and deep water. Round gobies are abundant in the lake which is making it more difficult to attract walleye. Trolling worm harnesses or using artificial lures rather than live bait may be successful.


Sandy Pond report:

The high water is causing some issues in the Sandy Pond area. The DEC boat launch is closed until further notice. Anglers are reporting a good northern pike and walleye bite using worm harnesses and stickbaits.