Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 31, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

Brown trout fishing continues to be very good in about the same water depth, 20-40 feet, with stickbaits and spoons working well. Salmon are active in deeper water, 100-200 feet, and a few lake trout are being taken in 120-140 feet of water.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:

Fishing out of Oswego has been going steady with the option of trout or salmon within easy reach of the harbor. Bait has been moving in shallow and water temperatures are rising. So far the season is shaping up to be one you shouldn’t miss!

According to Capt. Andy Bliss on Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

Brown trout fishing has been as good as it gets lately!

Oswego River report:

The water level has been dropping over the last several days. This morning it is running at 3,690cfs. Areas all along the river are fishable at this level. Walleye are responding to large stickbaits. Anglers are finding some sheepshead and 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.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing has been very good on Lake Ontario. Brown trout have been very active in 8-40 feet of water along the eastern end of the lake. Anglers are finding a few salmon in the deeper water but they are more active to the west near Oswego.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had a few season pass holders join us yesterday and they covered the run top to bottom swinging streamers. While they worked hard, they were rewarded with a handful of nice smallmouth bass up to 17″ and had run-ins with both carp and gar to boot -but those battles didn’t last long! Hot flies were mainly minnow type patterns such as BH wooly buggers, emerald shiners, and muddlers. The water temperature was 63 at 8 am this morning and had increased to 72 near 1 pm.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Walleye activity is continuing with decent action around Lewis Point and toward the eastern end of the lake. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are working well. Pickerel have been taking stickbaits and crankbaits and a few nice northern pike have been reported. Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Anglers are also finding some bass which are catch and release only until the season opens June 16. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well.