Oswego County Fishing Report for August 1, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on August 1, 2019.

Notice: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at an idle speed.

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

The salmon fishing continues to be very good out of Oswego. Anglers are finding salmon and steelhead in 100-300 feet of water. Spoons, flasher/fly combinations and meat rigs are getting the job done.

According to Strike Zone Charters:

We couldn’t go where we were catching salmon three days ago because of the hard south, southwest winds. As a result, we fished for browns on the south shore. Just shy of 50 brown trout bites in three trips. The biggest one being 12 lbs. followed by a 10 lb. and many fish in the 6-9 lb. class.

Oswego River:

The river flow has been between 3,000-5,000 cfs for the last couple of days. This morning it is flowing at 3,340 cfs. A stretch of several days with seasonable temperatures, lower humidity and little precipitation is in the forecast. A great time to take advantage of walleye, smallmouth bass, sheepshead and bluegill fishing. Night crawlers, crayfish and stickbaits are working well.

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.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Well, that’s a wrap for July! It’s only a matter of time now before we see our first, dare I say…. salmon….

One angler enjoyed the run to himself yesterday, fly fishing in the mid and lower sections.  This angler was able to bring some fish to hand, reporting  bass, fall fish, and even a rainbow trout. The river flow is running at 350 cfs and will be up to 750cfs for the weekend.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

We are coming off of another stretch of warm weather with more seasonable temperatures and lower humidity in the forecast for the next few days. Walleye action has been good in shallow water and in the deeper depths. Worm harnesses, blade baits and trolling stickbaits are suggested applications. Some nice size bass have been reported in the Cleveland area and anglers are also finding an active perch bite.

Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond. Due to Lake Ontario’s high water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed.