Oswego County Fishing Reports

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report

The heavier rain across the area late last week is still impacting the water flow in the river. This morning it is running at 12,900cfs. This makes most areas along the river difficult to fish. Fishing behind the hotels is suggested with anglers finding walleye, sheepshead and smallmouth bass.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters:

The fishing in the area has been good. Paddles and meat from 140-350 feet of water are working well. The A-Tom-Mik cannonball rig and stark paddle white with green dots have been good. There is still a spoon bite too.


Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The salmon fishing in Lake Ontario is excellent right now. Look in 150-160 feet of water off Nile Mile Point and the western part of Mexico Bay. Spoons, flashers and flies, and cut bait rigs are all working well. The bass fishing in Mexico Bay has also been good in 10-20 feet of water using soft-shelled crabs and nightcrawlers.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We have had a few nice days weather wise on the run. Monday the water flow was 335cfs with the water temperature reaching 72 degrees in the early afternoon. Two anglers started out fishing the lower end without any action. Moving to the middle section they ended up connecting with five smallmouth bass ranging from 12 to 17 inches swinging flies. The flow remains at 335cfs until 9:30 pm Friday at which point it will go to 750cfs through Sunday afternoon. The water temperature this morning was 64 degrees which is relatively cool for this time of year.

Notice:The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.


Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are finding some bass along the shoreline and in deeper water around the shoals. Walleye are taking blade baits and trolling worm harnesses and perch can be found in deeper water using minnows.

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

Tuesday we began our day with an awesome sunrise and we picked away at the walleyes for most of the morning with lots of little ones and a few nice keepers. Mix in some perch and bluegills and a father and son spending time together and it was a good day.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Reports from the pond are about the same. Access is a bit difficult in some areas but can be done at various marinas around the pond. Those anglers that are out are finding some Northern pike, walleye and bass. The DEC boat launch remains closed.