Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 25, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing continues to be very good. Anglers are finding a very active brown trout bite in 20-40 feet of water with stickbaits and spoons. King salmon can be found in deeper water with anglers having success in 100-200 feet of water with spoons working well. Lake trout are active in about 120-140 feet of water.

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

The fishing is just spectacular on Lake Ontario. The only hard decision is which species to target. Along with plenty of brown trout there are kings upon kings!

Oswego River report:

The water level reached 10,000cfs over the last couple of days. This morning it is running at 8,990cfs. This makes many areas along the river difficult to fish from shore. Behind the hotels is a suggested place to try. Boat anglers have been trying the waters north of the Rte. 104 bridge. Walleye are being taken with large stickbaits and anglers are finding sheepshead and a few smallmouth bass. Remember it is catch and release with artificial lures only for bass.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days the action has slowed down and only a few anglers have been fishing. The occasional drop back is still being caught in the mid to lower end of the river, but the majority of them have returned to Lake Ontario. Anglers have had the most success swinging black and olive woolly buggers in the faster water. Covering lots of water has also been the key to producing the best results. If you want to get in on the smallmouth action (catch and release), we have good numbers of bass holding in the deeper holes of the mid to lower section of the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Only a handful of anglers took advantage of this beautiful weather to fish the run. Of those that I spoke with the fishing was slow with only a few smallmouth bass to show for their effort. Still and all, the anglers were happy to have been able to spend a beautiful day on the water with the run pretty much to themselves. The water flow will run from 650cfs until 6 pm Saturday and begin to drop to 185cfs by Monday evening. It would be nice to think that the bump to 650 cfs might bring in some Atlantics and we will just have to wait and see. This is a free fishing weekend at the DSR for all current armed service members and all veterans, Friday through Monday.

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Oneida Lake report:
The walleye action is continuing on Oneida Lake. Anglers are fishing in the more shallow depths, 10-15 feet of water, early in the day and moving out to the 20-35 foot depths as the day goes on. Areas such as Lewis Point have been producing some action. Blade baits and jigs have been working. Pickerel fishing has also been good with stickbaits and crankbaits. Anglers are reporting an improving perch bite and some bullhead action in the evening.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been walleye and northern pike activity reported on the pond with stickbaits, crankbaits and jigs working well.