Oswego County Fishing Report for July 22, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on July 22, 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 is open.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Lake Ontario has been giving up A LOT of nice fish this summer! Kings, Browns and Steelhead are in great numbers, and more than willing to bite right now. A-TOM-MIK meat rigs and flies are producing awesome results, per usual, as well as a few particular Moonshine spoons.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Yesterday afternoon we had dozens of bites to put 12 good ones on the rack.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow was running between 7,000-10,000 cfs over the weekend. This afternoon it is flowing at 8,310 cfs.  With the very hot temperatures and humidity, there was not a lot of activity on the river this weekend. This level is fishable and with some nice seasonable temperatures this week, anglers will like be trying their luck for walleye, smallmouth bass, sheepshead 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:

Sunday we had a high of 83 degrees made pleasant by nice breezes. Our first trio of anglers arrived at 7:30 AM and spent the day until 3:45 PM fishing the middle and upper sections, targeting smallmouth bass with spin casting gear. These fellows lobbed and drifted “white flukes” (soft plastic minnow imitations) and black plastic worms, which accounted for a total of nine bass brought to hand out of 10 hooked. Another pair of anglers checked in at 10:30 and, after a few hours, reported no success swinging flies and spincasting in the middle section. The last pair of anglers arrived at 2 PM and fished the middle section, also without results. The water flow has dropped to 185 cfs.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

With the very warm temperatures the activity was fairly quiet in the afternoon. Anglers were finding some walleye early in the morning and later in the day in the Cleveland area in 20-30 feet of water. Worm harnesses, blade baits and trolling stickbaits are suggested applications. Bass can be found in 5-15 feet of water. The heat wave is over and temperatures are expected to be in the upper 70s to low 80s for a few days, warming back up for the weekend. 

Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond. Due to Lake Ontario’s high water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed.