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Fishing Report for July 15th, 2021

Fishing Reports for July 15th, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

Overall fishing remains challenging.  The winds and unstable weather have caused the thermocline to rise up high and a lot of the fish have scattered.  But we’ve seen some massive fish to make up for it.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Pete Lahosky of Prime Time Sport Fishing.

If brown trout are your target, the best waters have been 20 to 30 FOW water, both a little west and east of Oswego. We’re working hard but it’s paid off with some big browns.

This past week saw three fish brought into the dock by Oswego charters pushing the 20-pound mark! Some true giants with the largest being a 22-pound brown taken by Captain Jon Wilbur of Kingfisher Charters.  Short leadcore lines in 1 to 5 sections with natural color Michigan stingers have been the ticket here.  Hot patterns have been black UV, green alewife and black wiggle.

Salmon fishing has been a little slow with the cold water scattering the kings. The charter fleet has been venturing far offshore from 200 to 700 feet of water Northwest off Oswego to find some action.

Michigan stingray spoons fished in the top 60 feet of water have provided the most consistent bite on salmon and steelhead.  Best colors are black UV,green UV,chicken wing and UV green alewife.  Flashers with meat rigs are also taking some kings down in the cold water.  Our go-to patterns are green jeans, white green dot and Valium.

Our biggest advice for kings is to target them in the 46 to 60° temperature range and don’t be afraid to speed up, trolling at 2.8 to 3.2 mph.

The surprise catch of the week was taken by angler Jared Mengle on board Prime Time with a 53 1/2 inch musky taken on a Michigan Stinger spoon off the Little Salmon River. A true Lake Ontario giant, the musky was released unharmed after a quick photo.  Congratulations Jared!

This week all of the charter captains are looking for some west wind to stabilize the water temperatures off Oswego to provide more consistent conditions.

Now get out and get ‘em!!


The Mexico Bay report is courtesy of Captain Mike Ford of Reel Addicted Guide Service.

The south winds have made fishing in Mexico bay tough.  Although we’ve still seen some giant brown trout caught this week.  We’ve been running north to the pond to find our salmon and steelhead where the bite has been consistent. We’ve been mostly covering 120-150 FOW, most bites are coming 35-70ft down.

All of our fish have been taken on spoons and meat rigs.  Hot spoons have been Michigan Stinger yellow killer, lances 2 face, uv nbk, black widow and black wiggle.  The meat program has been headed up by protroll 8 and 11 inch flashed with Atommik meat rigs.

Tight lines everyone!


Oswego River report:

Summer means a mixed bag on the Oswego River.  Anglers can target bass, carp, walleye, and pan fish.  Occasionally a summer run steelhead or Atlantic salmon is spotted in the mix too.

Our recommendation for walleye is to fish on the west side, between the two bridges, especially at night.  Most walleye setups will get the job done.

Please check our website for the current CFS, and check back in late-August for the 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:

This time of year usually means bass on the Salmon River.  Smallmouth can be very aggressive, so our biggest recommendation is to try a lot of pockets and keep moving throughout the day.  They will hit anything from a juicy fly to a crank bait.

Northern pike are also caught at the mouth around port Ontario.

There are lots of boat launches and marinas on the Salmon River, but we recommend calling ahead to make sure the water is high enough to launch.  Please check our website for the river CFS, and check back in late-August for the fall salmon report.


Oneida Lake report:

Walleye season opened the second weekend of May, and with an average depth of 22’ bass can be caught throughout most of the lake.  We recommend first-timers who are targeting bass to try the mouth of the Oneida River as well, since it’s easy to identify where the cover is.

Check out our website for more information on charters.


Sandy Pond report:

The main points of access for Sandy Pond are: Greenpoint, “The Elms,” Wigwam, and the new DEC launch at Stanley Drive.

Popular species throughout the summer include bullhead, crappie, pan fish, northerns, bass, walleye, and the occasional pickerel.

Check back with us in January for our ice fishing report.