Oswego County Fishing Report for August 23, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on August 23, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing continues to be very good. We did have some wind this week and we are experiencing some cooler temperatures for a few days. With the change in temperatures, we have had reports of salmon starting to stage as they begin their journey to the tributaries. The best concentration of salmon has been in 250-500 feet of water recently. A-TOM-MIK flies and meat rigs are working well. Brown trout are active in 40-80 feet of water. (Photos courtesy of Cannonball Runner Charters.)

Oswego River report:

The river flow has dropped over the last few days. This morning it is running at 4,080cfs. We are experiencing a couple of cooler days this week and although we have no reports of salmon in the river as yet, this may help push a few our way. Anglers are finding bass, sheepshead and catfish with behind the hotels the suggested areas to try with this flow.

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:

Pulaski Area:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The wind has been a bit of an issue this week but the good fishing continues on the lake. Look for an active brown trout bite in 20-60 feet of water. Anglers are finding some salmon in 100+ feet of water with a good concentration still out in the 350-500 foot water depth. Flies/flashers, spoons, and cut bait are all working well. Although a couple of salmon have been caught in the river, there is very little activity as yet.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A small amount of rain the past two days and perfect wind has continued to cool things down here in Pulaski. We have had no reports of salmon the past two days, however….. this may leave some in disbelief, one of our anglers landed a beautiful steelhead late yesterday afternoon in the middle section of the Run. Yes, I said steelhead! Definitely making a long drive all the way from West Virginia well worth it. The release at the dam remains at 185cfs with a reported flow of 302cfs at the Pineville gauge.

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Oneida Lake report:

There continues to be a walleye bite on the lake although a bit slower as typically happens this time of year. Trolling seems to be the best application as there does not seem to be as much action jigging. It is likely that fish are beginning to feed on gizzard shad. Look for a bass bite along the shoals and weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.