Oswego County Fishing Report for July 16, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on July 16, 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 east end of the lake is producing some nice salmon in 100 to 300 feet of water down 50 to 100 feet. Spoons are working along with flashers and flies at times. Brown trout continue to be active in more shallow water.  

According to Capt. Andy Bliss on Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

What a Monday we had yesterday. Someone pushed the easy button. Lots of big fish in the mix as well. Kings on kings on kings!!! A-TOM-MIK meat rigs took the kings yesterday.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow has dropped over the last couple of days running between 2,000-4,000 cfs. This afternoon it is flowing at 3,010 cfs. Anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish including sheepshead, smallmouth bass, rockbass, bluegills, and channel cats near the dam. Walleyes seem to be hanging in the lower end of the river along with smallmouth bass, rockbass and bluegills. Night crawlers on the bottom is the go-to method for targeting walleyes during the day. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is still effective at night.

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:

A couple of anglers joined us yesterday targeting smallmouth bass and taking advantage of the rather mild conditions.  These anglers reported getting into a half dozen or so bass in the short time spent down on the run.  Flows are scheduled to remain at 185 CFS until tonight at 11:59 PM.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Walleye activity is continuing both early in the day and later as we go into the evening. Anglers are finding them along the weed beds and out in deeper (20-30 feet) water. Worm harnesses, blade baits and trolling stickbaits are suggested applications. Bass can be found in 5-15 feet of water. 

Sandy Pond report:

Conditions are about the same on the pond. Due to Lake Ontario’s high water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed. With the high water we have not had many reports from the pond and typically weeds become an issue with the warmer weather.