Oswego County Fishing Report for August 29, 2019: Free Fishing, Reduced Price Camping and More

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 Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

Fishing has been very challenging the last few days with all the hard south wind. But there are still plenty of kings to be caught. The winds will be shifting to the WNW – NW on Friday and will be a bit strong. Conditions are expected to settle down for the weekend with a few showers in the forecast. As we go into the weekend we will have to see how things set up. Sounds like things are starting to heat up in front of the Salmon River. Spoons and meat rigs have been the most consistent with flies soon to become a mainstay.

Oswego River:

The river flow has been up and down over the last several days running between 2,500 cfs and 5,500 cfs. This morning it is flowing at 3,280 cfs. There have been no reports of much salmon activity in the river as yet. When the action begins 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:

Tuesday was a very good day fishing the Salmon River. All the anglers that I spoke with reported sighting and getting into multiple fish. Early this morning decent fish movement was reported.  Approximately 20-30 fish splashing early, but the bright mid-day sun seemed to slow things down until mid to late afternoon when the action picked up.  Most people saw a few fish and one lucky pair of anglers were able to limit out by being patient. The mid section seemed to fish the best although a few fish were taken down low.  Not what I would call great fishing, but it was steady and those that covered water and were persistent were rewarded for their effort.  At this time of year,  what more could you ask for.  The water will go to 350 cfs tonight at 9:00 PM and from 9:00 PM tomorrow until 6:00 PM on September 1st the water will be 750 cfs.  The current flow at the Pineville gauge is 265 cfs.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The wind has been an issue a couple of times this week and may be again on Friday. The weekend is looking fairly nice with a possible shower here or there. Anglers are finding walleye activity in shallow water out to 25+ feet of water with worm harnesses, 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.