Oswego County Fishing Report for June 28, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on June 28, 2019.

Free Fishing Weekend – New York State residents can fish for free June 29-30, 2019. No fishing license is required.

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:

We seem to be going into a more stable weather pattern with warmer temperatures and less rain overall through the upcoming week. Anglers are reporting the activity on the lake is picking up. Salmon fishing has been good in 110-200 feet of water with 130 feet seeing some decent action. Spoons are working well as are flashers and flies at times. Anglers also picked up some nice lake trout last week.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

After all of the rain recently, the water flow has dropped to 9,480cfs as of this morning.  With improved conditions, anglers are finding smallmouth bass, walleye, freshwater drum, 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 couple of anglers were able to take advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday.  A bit cooler than Wednesday and lower flows, but reports indicated a rather quiet day for these anglers. The flow at the dam is currently 750cfs.

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.  Walleye are active in deeper water along the north shore trolling with stickbaits. Jigs and blade baits are also 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.