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Fishing Report for August 26th, 2021

Fishing Reports for August 26th, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

Lake conditions have been very calm over the last week. The last few days have been very warm. We look for mixed up conditions the next few days.

The following report is courtesy of Captain Andy Bliss of Cold Steel Sportfishing

The fishing this last week has been challenging at best. Salmon are starting to stage in shallow water and becoming very cranky.  As they get more used to the new environment fishing should pick up.

After a week of stable winds, we finally have stable conditions and less current making trolling and staying on fish easier.

Keys to our success can be credited to ATOMMIK meat rigs behind Stinger Flashers and Oki kingfishers. Specifically, pigpen, scumline,2 face, and bullfrog. With Primetime, glow, and warship meat rigs.

We have been catching fish from 50-100 down. Remember as these kings start to stage; their preferred water temps are changing.  Don’t be afraid to start targeting the warmer water many kings will hold and 60 to 67° water this time of year.  Some days you’ll find the only active fish are up in that warm water, so don’t be afraid to fish up high.

Mexico bay has seen an invasion of salmon; from 9-mile point to the high rocks has been a consistent producer for a lot of boats.  In front of the Salmon River is another “go-to.”


Oswego River report:

Spring and summer mean bass on the Oswego River.  Anglers also target carp, walleye, and pan fish.

The salmon have also started to trickle in but in small numbers. Please check our website for the current CFS, and check back in the coming weeks for our fall salmon report.

     Please Consider the Following Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

We have report of the first salmon of the season about a week ago.  The angler was Norbert Samok who was a guest at Eddies Salmon River Lodge.

With the Highwater event we’ve had last week a small number of salmon have entered the river. The receding water and very high temps we’ve had the last few days, should limit the number of new fish entering the salmon river.  Unfortunately, the fish that have already made their way upriver will be facing some very tough conditions for survival.

If you’re planning to make a trip up look for the fastest water. With the warmer river temps salmon will be holding in the most oxygenated water which is typically in the bubbles and fastest runs.