Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters:

Fishing continues to be very good on Lake Ontario. The targeted water depth is spread out with action in anywhere from 150-650 feet of water. Check for water temperature and you will likely find fish. Meat and A-tom-mik flies are getting the job done.

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

We lost last weekend to some real strong wind so when we headed out earlier this week we weren’t sure where we would find temperature. It was way, way down but it didn’t matter we landed a number of fish.

Oswego River report

The water flow has dropped measurably over the last few days running at 2,900cfs this morning. It has not been this low in a very long time and of course can change at any time so please keep an eye on the water level. Areas all along the river are fishable. Crayfish or tube jigs are taking smallmouth bass and sheepshead are responding to crayfish.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

After the hard blow we had last weekend, conditions are settling down once again. The high winds scramble the water and make fishing a bit more difficult for a couple of days. One charter reported doing well this morning in 300 feet of water off Nine Mile Point using 150 feet of cable. Spoons, flasher and flies and cut bait continue to be working well. Look for perch along the shore in Mexico Bay and bass in about 20 feet of water.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had a few anglers fish the run yesterday but had not returned from the water by late afternoon. I visited the river briefly in the afternoon and spoke with one angler and neither of us saw any activity. Monday there were reports of smallmouth bass from 10” to 16” being caught. There have been some unsubstantiated rumors for the past two weeks of some early kings being caught within the pools in the Village of Pulaski. One of our guides and a River Patrol member scouted Joss Hole on Tuesday and sighted two chinook of average size. So there are a few early salmon in the river.

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:

Conditions are the same on the lake. Fishing is getting tougher 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 has reopened. Persistent anglers will likely find some Northern pike, walleye and bass.