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Fishing Report for July 1st, 2021

Fishing Reports for July 1st, 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 windy over last weekend, with lots of south wind.  However, we expect clam conditions the next few days.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Zack Rayno of Hat Trick Charters and Rayno’s Fishing Excursions Guide Service.

Fishing out of the port of Oswego has started to really heat up for Salmon within the last week.

After a weekend of heavy south winds, we were unsure how stable our fishing conditions would remain. Fortunately for Oswego, the salmon fishing has only improved by the day. Plenty of Kings have been anywhere from 120 feet of water to beyond 500 feet of water right out front of the harbor. Although we endured days of heavy south winds, our cool water has stayed fairly deep, improving the fishing throughout the day.

With multiple days over 90 degrees, the lake’s surface temperature rose to 72 degrees on June 30th.  A thermocline has developed somewhere between 90-105 feet below the surface.  Which is prime!

Keys to our success on board the Hat Trick have been heavily credited to ATOMMIK flies and meat rigs behind Michigan Stinger E-chips and spin doctors. Specifically, Hammertime with a stud fly behind it, white green dot with warship glow meat rig behind in the low light hours, followed by chartreuse Mountain Dew E-chip with a UV 190 fly.  Also consider a Two Face spin doctor with a Shenster meat rig behind it, when the light level increases. As a side note, there are plenty of steelhead hanging around. Keeping a few spoons high, above the cold water, can produce a few extra bites throughout the day.


This following report is courtesy of Captain Mark Ledden , of Driftwater Guide Service.

The salmon fish has become very steady the last week. We have seen more targets with lots of steelhead mixed in.

We have been fishing 200-350’, mostly off of None-Mile Point.

Our go to setups this week are…spoon, spoons and more spoons. Stingray sized stingers in NBK, Diehard, angry bird, uv grn tux early Uv yellow tux, can’t afford it, and yellow killer when the sun come up.  300-450 coppers, divers from 150-270’, and riggers 70-100’ down have been the ticket.


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.