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Fishing Report for July 17, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

The wind has been shifting around the last couple of days. Up to this point kings were active in 120-350 feet of water and they were taking every kind of bait – spoons, flies, and meat. Conditions are expected to settle down for the weekend so we will have to see how things set up.

According to Strike Zone Charters:

We couldn’t go to our salmon spot yesterday because of the strong wind. We fished for browns in a safer, more comfortable location. Our crew did well landing 7, 3 of which were good size.

Oswego River report:

Notice: Brookfield Renewable’s Varick Hydroelectric Station on the Oswego River will be out of service until approximately September 1, 2020 while electrical equipment is upgraded.  During this time flow through the Varick Hydroelectric Station will be stopped and all river flow will be released at the NYS Dam known as Varick Dam into the natural river channel below the dam.  Please be advised that during this time flow in natural river channel could be significantly greater than when the hydroelectric station is operational. 

Please use extreme caution and wear a personal flotation device when recreating on or near water. Pay close attention to your surroundings and respect all signage, sirens and barriers. follow all regulations if you plan to enter this area. For questions regarding this matter, please contact us at

The current water flow Friday afternoon is 7,320 cfs. Most areas along the river are accessible but along the East and West River Walks are good places to try. Look for walleye with stickbaits and jigs and crayfish and tube jigs are suggested for bass.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

A handful of anglers joined us throughout the week and reports of smallmouth bass were plentiful with a mix of 15″-18″ bass reported. The bump in water flows last night (up to 400 cfs) cooled the water to 69F and made smallies a little more active according to one of our regulars. The water flow will bump up again to 750 cfs at 10 pm tonight.


Oneida Lake report:

The weather conditions have been a bit tough the last couple of days with some wind, rain and storms. When conditions have allowed anglers are finding walleye trolling and jigging.  Blade baits and spinner baits are working well. Bass are taking stickbaits and jigs in the shallow water along with a good pickerel bite at this depth.


Sandy Pond report:

Activity typically slows down this time of year on the pond with the weed growth but anglers are finding some bass along the weed beds using spinnerbaits and rubber worms. Walleye are taking stickbaits and jigs and there have been a few pike reported.