Oswego County Fishing Report for July 18, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on July 18, 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:

Notice: Wright’s Landing Marina in Oswego is reopening today, July 18, after being closed for several weeks due to high water.

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 day we had on Monday. Someone pushed the easy button. Lots of big fish in the mix as well. Kings on kings on kings!!! A-TOM-MIK meat rigs definitely got their attention.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow was 3,000cfs on Monday but after the heavy rains Tuesday night and yesterday it is up to 6,070 cfs this morning. 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 Tuesday 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. Quite a bit of rain yesterday but one angler made it onto the run in the early afternoon, taking a hike to try his luck at the bottom end. He reported a pretty good trip overall, landing the largest small mouth of his life! Flows are scheduled to increase to 332 cfs later today.  Flows at the Pineville gauge have spiked a bit to 419 CFS with the rain.

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.