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Fishing Report for August 19th, 2021

Fishing Reports for August 19th, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

Lake Ontario has been unstable. We’ve had ever changing wind patterns which move the water temperatures around constantly.  Rainfall has been above average, and the river flows also above normal.  This is usually good for our river season but can have a negative impact on the lake fishing.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Shane Thomas, or Salmon River Guide Services.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks to keep the kings dialed in. Fishing is starting to turn a corner as it always does in late August. More and more fish are moving closer to the rivers, staging up for the spawn. They have been getting more aggressive and the catches are gradually increasing.

A decent amount of cohos have started to show up in the coolers along with the usual kings. Kings have been biting the flasher/fly combos and spoons but plenty of captains are still getting takes with flashers and cut bait while lake trolling. The usual green glows and uv chrome colors have been doing best.

One of the biggest positives all year are the number of “brutes” taken this summer.  We’ve seen some hitting the scale at the 35lb mark!

The LOC derby starts Friday August 20 and pays out 25k to the biggest king taken to anyone entered! If you’re already planning a trip it’s a good idea to get a ticket; you may be the lucky angler to walk away with a lot of loot.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Stephen Shen of STS Guide Service and Captain Dave Wilson fishing charters.

Fishing should pick up any day once the fish that are staged near the river mouth decide to start biting.   Stinger flashers or spin doctors pulling a-tom-mik meat rigs or flies are our go-tos.

Fishing is starting to pick up on the west end of the lake which is a great sign as the majority of those fish will be headed towards the salmon river. This point of the season most fish have a one way ticket to the east.

Tight Lines!