Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on July 6, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

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

What more can we say – the fishing is incredible. If you haven’t made a trip up to Lake Ontario this summer, you are missing out on history! Kings are biting in 100-350 feet of water with spoons, flies, and meat suggested baits. Anglers are also finding some nice steelhead. The only thing to remember is the fleas are starting to show and they are heavy. So get your rods ready to make the trip more enjoyable.

Oswego River report:

Conditions changed quickly on Wednesday as the water flow went from about 1,700cfs to 6,000cfs in a matter of hours. It dropped quickly again to just under 3,000cfs and overnight had risen to 7,230cfs. This morning it is flowing at 5,630cfs. Suggested areas to try are the river walks including behind the hotels. Bass and sheepshead are taking crayfish, live minnows and night crawlers. A few walleye are responding to large stickbaits.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

Notice: The Salmon River Whitewater Recreation Release scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, is cancelled. The decision to cancel is based on lower than normal water levels and dry weather conditions.

Pulaski Area:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing on Lake Ontario remains outstanding. Salmon are very active in 110-160 feet of water down 70-80 feet with spoons, flies and flashers working well. Anglers are finding some brown trout in the more shallow water 15-20 feet with spoons being the choice of bait. There is also a bass bite off of Mexico Point with live minnows and crayfish working well. Just a note that the fleas are heavy so prepare your rods accordingly.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

On Tuesday one of our regular season anglers was here early to take advantage of the slightly cooler conditions and he capitalized. Our angler shared that the bass were playing hard to get, only located in very specific spots within the run. That said, he did manage to land well over double digits and was quite pleased with his outing. Swinging minnow patterns was the ticket. The heat will continue today with some rain expected later this afternoon and a cool down in temperatures for the next few days. The water flow remains at 185cfs at the dam and 213cfs at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

The walleye bite continues on the lake with areas along the weeds producing the best results. Jigs tipped with a worm and blade baits are working well. Anglers are finding a few bass in shallow water and along the shoals. Pickerel have been active with several taken in the mix.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is not much going on at the pond at this point. With the hot temperatures we have had, weeds become an issue and hinder the fishing.