Oswego County Fishing Report for September 6, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on September 6, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

The forecast over the next few days is calling for a definite change in the weather. Temperatures are expected to only be in the 60s over the weekend. With this change look for increased action in more shallow depths, 80-100+ feet of water. There has still been activity in 200-500 feet. Flasher/fly combinations have been the bait of choice.

Oswego River report:

The river is flowing at 2,370cfs this afternoon. There has been no significant push of salmon into the river as yet but anglers have found a few at the dam. From the wall anglers are finding channel cats, sheepshead, smallmouth bass and walleye using live bait. Over the next few days with much cooler temperatures, the first push of salmon could be any day.

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.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

Pulaski Area:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The very warm temperatures have kept the salmon in the lake up to this point. Anglers are finding increasing numbers of them sliding into about 80 feet of water. There is also a large number deeper in 250 to 350 and out to 500 feet of water. Flies/flashers, spoons and cut bait are all working well. With the change in the weather expected beginning tomorrow, it’s likely there will be an increased push of salmon into the river along with more moving from the deeper depths.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

To say that Wednesday was a difficult day on the run would be an understatement. Unrelenting heat and very little fish movement combined to make today a day to remember – and forget. There were a few fish sighted, one angler reporting having seen 5 during the afternoon, but that was the exception to the rule. A fish here and a fish there, but that was the extent of it. There was very little fish activity in the river Thursday but with the much cooler temperatures arriving by Friday morning, we should begin to see a push of salmon in the river over the next few days.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are continuing to find some walleye in 10-30 feet of water with early and late in the day providing the best opportunity. Worm harnesses, jigs and blade baits are working well. Bass are active along the weed beds.

Sandy Pond report:

Conditions are about the same, the pond is typically quiet this time of year.