Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

We have had several days of beautiful dry weather. As a result the water flow has dropped to 6,800cfs. This makes a few more areas along the river fishable. Anglers are continuing to use the river walks, both east and west. Crayfish or tube jigs are taking smallmouth bass and sheepshead are responding to crayfish.

Lake Ontario report:

The salmon fishing is excellent on Lake Ontario. Anglers are coming back to the dock with limit catches. The bite is active in 150+ feet of water and Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters is finding the most action in 300-450 feet. Cut bait, spoons, and flies and flashers are working well. Smallmouth bass are taking crabs and tube jigs in 10-20 feet of water.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing continues to be very good on the lake. Anglers are finding salmon in 150-450 feet of water. Spoons, flashers and flies and cut bait are all getting their attention. A few brown trout are being taken in 60-80 feet and lakers can be found in about 150 feet of water. There is a perch bite along the shore in Mexico Bay and anglers are finding bass in 20 feet of water in the same location with soft-shelled crabs and nightcrawlers.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

August arrived and cranked up the heat. Beautiful mornings have given way to hot afternoons. Yesterday we had a decent handful of anglers join us to spend some time on the water. Most of our guests covered the run top to bottom and were rewarded with a few bass and a number of fall fish. The river flow will be at 350cfs on Friday, 750cfs Saturday and Sunday for a white water release, and back to 350cfs on Monday.

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

Oneida Lake report:

Fishing is getting tougher on Oneida Lake with the heavy algal bloom. Largemouth bass often move into shallow water under these conditions. Walleye can be found in deep water trolling worm harnesses or blade baits or along the shore near weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Conditions have improved somewhat on the pond. Access is still a bit difficult in places but can be done at various marinas around the pond and the DEC boat launch reopened last Friday. Persistent anglers will likely find some Northern pike, walleye and bass.