Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Lake Ontario report:

The weather cooperated beautifully over the weekend. Anglers reported finding salmon in 100-150 feet of water as well as out as far as 400 feet. Flasher and flies along with cut-bait continue to be successful with green and white good color choices. Anglers looking for smallmouth bass are finding some in 20 feet of water with crayfish working well.


Oswego River report

The water flow has been under 2,000cfs for the last couple of days. This afternoon it is running at 1,570cfs. There are no salmon reported in the river as yet. Anglers are finding some smallmouth bass and sheepshead using crayfish.

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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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Saturday morning when we got to the boat for a lake trip it was 50 degrees. We fished the early morning bite and managed to land some kings in the 21-25 pound range on flasher/flies. The temperature was back down deep. We spent most of our time in 150 feet of water but we marked plenty of fish.

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The salmon fishing on Lake Ontario continues to be outstanding even after the hard winds we had mid-week. There are a few salmon in the river and this is encouraging to see even though the numbers are small so far. Look for things to pick up after the water release this coming weekend. Every year is different but so far this looks like it should be a great river season.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Water flow at the dam was 185cfs and 265cfs at Pineville on Sunday. Activity was reported on all sections of the river in the afternoon with sightings of groups of fifteen or so fish. Those that stayed later got into some very good action in the middle section with one reporting ten hookups. As was typical this past week, many clients had difficulty bringing fish to hand. I have heard some rumbles of Coho (very bright pink stripe on the side) being seen in the river.

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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 about the same on the lake. It does get a little tougher this time of year. Some walleye are being taken in deep water trolling worm harnesses or blade baits. Yellow perch are taking minnows. Anglers are finding some bass as they follow gizzard shad.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Conditions on the pond have become more difficult with the heavy weed growth which is typical at this time of year. Persistent anglers who adapt to these conditions will find some Northern pike and bass.