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Fishing Report for July 22nd, 2021

Fishing Reports for July 22nd, 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 windy over the last week, with lots of changing wind direction. The last few days have been relatively calm though, so we look forward to more favorable conditions in the coming days.

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

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

After a weekend of unstable winds, we were unsure how our fishing conditions would be. 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.

A distinct thermocline has yet to develop but we have salmon holding temps from 40-100.

Keys to our success can be credited to ATOMMIK meat rigs behind Stinger Fflasher and spin doctors. Specifically, uv 2 face, white green dot, and green jeans with pro-am and warship meat rigs.
Mag spoons have been best in frost bite, sea sick, uv green glow alewife, and lances 2 face.
We have been catching fish as high as 30 feet all the way down to 115 feet, but 50-70feet has been a sweet spot.

Brown trout fishing has been tougher this week but with influx of salmon.  But nobody minds this time of year.


The following report is courtesy of Todd Sheltra of Strike Zone Charters.

The Brown Trout fishing got a little tougher recently due to them moving into 40 ft of water and there being heavy fishing pressure.  Uv Michigan stingers in all sizes have been working well.  Riggers, dipsys and coppers are all producing too.

Our Salmon bite has been West of the Salmon river in 100-140 feet of water.  It’s still mostly a spoon bite but some are being taken on meat and flies behind attractors.  Lake Trout can be had in 120-140 feet of water up off Southwicks.  Blue and silver and yellow and glow bells with spin-n-glows fished on the bottom are all working.

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.


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.

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