Oswego County Fishing Report for July 25, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on July 25, 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. Harborfest begins Thursday night and runs through Sunday so you will see increased boat activity in the area.

According to Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

It took a little longer to find them Tuesday morning but when we did the bite was on. Pautzke bait and A-TOM-MIK meat rigs are a deadly match. The biggest fish came on a Michigan Stinger flasher and an A-TOM-MIK Holly fly.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:

Fishing out of Oswego has remained steady with salmon and steelhead being taken anywhere from 120 FOW out to the depths. I’ve been running mostly spoons and flasher/flies but meat rigs get their bites also.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow began to drop on Monday into Tuesday. This morning it is flowing at 4,300 cfs. Temperatures moderated and the humidity dropped making for much more comfortable fishing conditions this week. Anglers were taking advantage of this searching for walleye, smallmouth bass, sheepshead and bluegills. Night crawlers, crayfish and stickbaits are working well. One young five-year-old angler reeled in an impressive Drum this week. We absolutely love to see kids taking a liking to the awesome sport of fishing.

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 half dozen anglers took advantage of the conditions yesterday with bearable heat.  Reports from these anglers indicated a rather successful day.  Each was able to bring a few fish to hand, some upwards of 10.  The release from the dam is scheduled to remain at 185 cfs until midnight tonight.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

With cooler temperatures this week anglers are finding increased activity across the lake. Walleye action has been good in shallow water and in the deeper depths. Worm harnesses, blade baits and trolling stickbaits are suggested applications. Bass can be found in 5-15 feet of water and anglers are also finding an active perch bite.

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.