Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

After having the water level down to about 8,000cfs for a couple of days it has been up between 10,000-12,000cfs the last two days. This morning it is flowing at 11,600cfs. Anglers are finding smallmouth bass, walleye and sheepshead behind the hotels. If you are fishing for walleyes, early morning or later evening is suggested.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Wednesday was a beautiful day on Lake Ontario. Kings, Cohos, lakers and browns all made for a successful outing. Look in the more shallow water along the shoreline for browns and move out into the deeper water for the kings, Cohos and lakers. Yesterday was a tough salmon bite with only a couple small ones. We slid in to capture a bunch of two year old browns. We did have a giant Atlantic salmon right to the back of the boat. It spun, jumped and broke off. It was easily 30 plus inches with a huge girth.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The brown trout fishing remains very good in 15-25 feet of water, with a lot of fish being caught on Michigan Stinger UV Goose and Tonic, UV Die Hard and the Golden Shiner in both standard and Stingray sizes. There have been some kings being caught out of Oswego in 60-140 feet of water on Michigan Stinger Stingrays, Tropical Lighting, and UV Black Tux have been good producers.

Salmon River:

The forecasted water flow for the weekend is:

Until 6 p.m. Sat, 650cfs

From 6 p.m. Sat, until 6 a.m. Sun, 350cfs

From 6 a.m. Sun, until 11:59 p.m. Sun, 185 cfs

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the drop in water level and the warm temperatures we have had, the majority of steelhead have dropped back to Lake Ontario but you may still find the occasional drop back in the lower end of the river. Smallmouth bass fishing in the lower end of the river has been excellent with woolly buggers producing the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Three anglers enjoyed a beautiful day on the run Wednesday. Between them they accounted for a 14 inch smallmouth bass while swinging flies. Bass have been the most active with an occasional steelhead or rainbow trout being reported. A reminder, the DSR is offering free fishing to all active and former military members this weekend (May 27-29) as our way of saying “Thank you” to those who have served and are currently serving our country.

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. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are reporting a slow walleye bite but a few are being taken 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. Anglers are also finding a good yellow perch bite.


Sandy Pond report:

The fishing continues to be very good on the pond with northern pike and walleye taking worm harnesses and stickbaits. The high water is still causing issues in the Sandy Pond area. The DEC boat launch is closed until further notice.