Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

The water flow has not varied a lot over the last several days. This morning it is running at 19,000cfs. This remains a high level for fishing so there is not much activity to report.

Lake Ontario report:

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

We were on the lake three days straight earlier this week and the fishing did not disappoint. We saw everything except a king come over the back of the boat but we did see some. Won’t be long before we start catching a few. We even captured the rare Cisco.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We have some giant lakers in the area. The quality this year is awesome. The brown trout bite yesterday was good early but slowed right down.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The brown trout fishing on the lake is starting to pick up with activity from the Salmon River to Sandy Pond in 7-13 feet of water. Suggested baits have been the Bay Rat s3 goby and Michigan Stingers goose and tonic.

Salmon River:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

We still have steelhead spawning in the mid to upper section of river in and around the gravel areas. We also have drop backs scattered throughout the river from top to bottom. These fish tend to be suspended in the water column and are generally holding in the faster water at the head of the deeper holes and larger runs. For those anglers who are fly fishing this is a great time of year for swinging streamers with sinking leaders. The anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing are having success with egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had 8-10 anglers on the run yesterday and reports indicated some very good fishing. One angler went 3 for 6 with steelhead, one nice smallmouth around 3 pounds in the lower end of the run. One angler had one of his better fishing days by bringing two Atlantic salmon to hand with one 31 inches. Two other Atlantics were also reported. For this time of year that is a good number and is very promising. The flow remains at 500cfs from the reservoir and 747cfs at Pineville.

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. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows and a few bullhead are being reported. Anglers are also taking advantage of the catch and release bass season and seeing some action. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level.


Sandy Pond report:

There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6.