Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

After being down just under 10,000cfs at times this past weekend, the recent rain has increased the flow to 14,500cfs this morning. This makes most areas along the river unfishable. Behind the hotels is a suggested area for smallmouth bass, walleye and sheepshead.

Lake Ontario report:

The fishing has been up and down this week very much like the weather. When the bite is on brown trout are being found in 10-25 feet of water with stickbaits or spoons the choice of bait. The deeper depths, 80-200+ feet of water, are seeing kings, cohos and lake trout. Spoons and flasher/fly combinations are working well.

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Fishing Charters:

We have been fishing everyday this week. The catch has been up and down. One day is great the next day is a grind. The June transition is upon us.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The brown trout fishing continues to be good in 20-40 feet of water from Oswego to Mexico Bay. Anglers are also finding some kings in deeper water from 80 feet out to 300 feet of water. Spoons have been the bait of choice.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Activity on the run has been slow this week. With rain, thunderstorms and a flow at times reaching 1400cfs few anglers have ventured out. The forecast is improving with only scattered showers over the next few days and temperatures becoming more summer like. The water flow is at 750cfs through midnight tonight.

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 finding a decent walleye bite trolling worm harnesses or artificial lures. The deeper waters are seeing some good yellow perch activity using minnows and small jigs.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing continues to be good for those anglers who are able to access the water. Northern pike and walleye are taking worm harnesses and stickbaits and there is a good perch bite on the pond. The high water continues to cause issues in the Sandy Pond area. The DEC boat launch remains closed until further notice.