Oswego County Fishing Report

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

*Bass season opens this weekend, June 17, in New York State

Oswego River report

After several weeks of high water in the river, the flow is down to 4,860cfs this morning. This level makes the river more fishable. Look for walleye, smallmouth bass and sheepshead throughout the river.

According to Jake Metcalf of fishoswegoriver.com:

Gar Pike are extremely active on the Oswego River in the month of June and throughout the summer. More times than not they will completely ignore your bait. Yesterday I was able to land one of three that I hooked using swimbaits. Their mouths are very small yet full of teeth which makes it difficult to bring one to land.

Lake Ontario report:

As often happens in June, the lake fishing has been inconsistent. Anglers are fishing for brown trout in the more shallow water up to 40 feet with stickbaits and spoons. On a good day, anglers are finding kings, cohos and lake trout in 100-200 feet of water. Spoons and flasher/fly combinations are working well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

The fishing remains challenging. We are having some good days and some slow days.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

There was a little brown trout action on Wednesday. It was a matter of covering lots of water and spreading out your lures from the top down to 54º.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The brown trout fishing off the bouy line in front of Nine Mile Point has been good some days and slow the next. The best lures have been Michigan Stingers. A few kings are being caught along with some steelhead in deeper water. Spoons and flies and flashers have worked well.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The heat kept anglers off the river for a couple of days this week. The water temperature was 65F early in the morning and likely climbed higher with the day’s heat. We did have reports of decent activity for smallmouth bass although most were on the smaller side, less than 15 inches. Wednesday was a beautiful day on the run and the water flow is running at 185cfs.

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 found a more active walleye bite over the last week. Using blade baits or trolling worm harnesses has been successful. Look for a good perch bite in deeper water with minnows.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is not much to report from the pond. The high water is limiting access with only a few anglers reported on the water. The DEC boat launch remains closed. Those anglers that are able to access the water will likely find Northern pike and walleye along with some perch.