Oswego County Fishing Report for August 19, 2019: Big Kings, Rain, and Free Fishing Information

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on August 19, 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.

Notice: Now through Labor Day, New York State is offering free fishing on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Also, 30 state parks along the shores are offering half-price vehicle entry and camping.

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Capts. Robin and Todd Sheltra of Strike Zone Charters:

Here is what is happening on the Morgan the last three days. Things are a little challenging right now due to wind and storms moving around our cold water. We are managing to put fish in the box despite the conditions.

Oswego River:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

After several rainstorms over the last few days, the river flow rose to over 6,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 4,940 cfs. Some cooler nights and a little more rain fall, and it won’t be long before the Oswego River is jam packed with big kings! We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s salmon run. Throwing plugs (Thundersticks, Hot-N-Tots, Kwick Fish) off the wall is a great way to intercept one of these early season kings, as well as wading up to the dam and using flies or egg imitations. We will keep you posted as the reports come in.

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:

Anglers were here at the crack of dawn on Sunday and trickled in steadily until mid-morning and into the afternoon to scout during low water and try their luck – a total of almost 30 people fished yesterday. As anglers started coming up early after only a few hours I received reports of “chocolate water” (from heavy rains yesterday afternoon) which hid what fish may have been in the run and moving. As more and more anglers came off the water, the common refrain was “didn’t see anything (salmon).” A handful of anglers were able to get into some decent smallmouth bass but that is not necessarily good news as local anglers seem to think that bass get scarce when there are any significant numbers of salmon in the river (the salmon slash at the bass). Early afternoon the waters cleared but again no salmon – a total of three salmon were hooked up, but none landed, in the middle section during the course of the day. The water flow remains at 185cfs.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Activity has been a bit slow over the last few days on the lake.  Rain and some storms have been a part of the weather pattern and are likely again on Wednesday. Then some cooler temperatures and pleasant weather are in the extended forecast. Anglers are finding some activity in 25-40 feet of water with blade baits and stickbaits.  You will likely find a bass bite in 5-15 feet of water. 

Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond which is typical for this time of year.