Oswego County Fishing Report for June 25, 2019

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

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

Mother nature has given Lake Ontario trollers every type of conditions imaginable in the past week. We have seen torrential rains, stiff winds, dense fog and dead flat beautiful sunny days. Just like the weather the catch has been from one extreme to the other. One trip the cooler is full, the next trip you were scratching your head wondering if you are on the same body of water you were yesterday.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

After the heavy rainfall last Thursday, the water flow has been running between 16,000-18,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 16,500cfs. This makes some areas along the river difficult to fish. When conditions allow there is a wide range of species in the Oswego River right now. Anglers are finding smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, rock bass, white perch, common carp, channel catfish and longnose gar. The lower half of the river has been producing mainly smallmouth bass and walleye. Anglers in the upper half of the river are catching a broader variety of fish. Worms and minnows seem to catch just about everything, while bass and sheepshead seem to prefer crayfish.

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 few anglers were able to make it onto the run yesterday.  However they reported minimal activity with water levels still rather high.  Some heavier rain moved through the area this morning. The water flow is scheduled to be at 1,200cfs through midnight tonight.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Bass continue to provide action for anglers in a variety of depths ranging from shallow water out to 25 feet.  Look for walleye in 10-25 FOW trolling with stickbaits along with jigs and blade baits are working well. Anglers are finding perch in 10-20 FOW across the lake and anglers are finding a pickerel bite in many areas.

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.