Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

After having a few days with the water flow slowly dropping to about 14,000cfs, the rain over the last couple of days has increased the flow to between 17,000 – 19,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 17,500cfs. With the high water level there is not much activity to report from the river.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We had good fishing over the weekend even with some tough conditions on Sunday. Lots of nice size brown trout this year. Tuesday we had constant doubles and triples for the first couple of hours. We couldn’t even get all the rods out. Lots of brown trout but the laker fishing was tougher with only 10 or 12 attachments. We did mark some kings and had one going on the diver for a couple of seconds but he beat us.

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:

When the wind has not been an issue, the brown trout fishing on the lake has picked 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers on the run Monday reported decent action prior to the storm that blew through around dinnertime. A beautiful hen steelie was landed in the morning along with an Atlantic. Anglers in the afternoon reported sighting at least three Atlantics but none were brought to hand. Smallmouth bass continue to provide excitement throughout the river. The run was closed yesterday due to the water flow running at 3,000cfs. The DSR will be closed until the water level drops below 2,000cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The majority of anglers we spoke with this weekend reported getting into some fish and covering lots of water continues to be the key. Those fishing the upper end of the river reported doing well in the fly fishing zones while swinging woolly buggers and egg sucking leeches with sinking leaders. In the lower end, the dropbacks have been holding in the faster water generally in the middle of the water column. By Wednesday the water level was up to 3,000cfs making fishing more difficult until the level drops to a more fishable level.

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:

Just a reminder that walleye season does not open until May 6. 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. 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.