Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on June 22, 2018.

A reminder that this weekend, June 23 and 24, are free fishing days in New York State. No fishing license is required.

Lake Ontario report:

Anglers are continuing to find brown trout in the more shallow water, 25-50 feet of water. Kings are out deeper with 100-150 feet of water seeing some action. Leadcore, dipsy divers and spoons were working well.

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

Fishing has been great the last couple days! Kings, kings and more kings!


Oswego River report:

After being low the last few days, 1000-1500cfs, the flow jumped to 4,260cfs rather quickly yesterday morning. Almost as quickly, it has dropped back to 1320cfs this morning. Anglers are continuing to find walleye, sheepshead and smallmouth 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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Click here for the current water flow.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

We went from rolling seas for a few days to very calm conditions for much of this week. Brown trout have been active in 10-40 feet of water along the eastern end of the lake. Anglers are finding a few salmon in deeper water and a few bass in the bay area.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We have had beautiful weather this week but only a handful of anglers. One fishing alone on Wednesday managed to land 12 smallmouth bass on the swing measuring up to 18 inches. We had a couple of anglers fish yesterday reporting several bass caught between the two in their ventures through the Run. The release at the dam remains at 185cfs with a reported flow of 223cfs at the Pineville gauge. The white water release originally scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to insufficient water in the reservoir.

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Oneida Lake report:

The 15-30 foot water depth did produce some walleye over the weekend. Blade-style baits and bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawler were getting the job done. The opening of bass season did see some activity in more shallow water and along the shoals. Plastics, crankbaits and bass jigs are suggested. The pickerel bite has also been good.

Sandy Pond report:

Anglers are continuing to pick up a few walleye along with some perch and bass. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well.