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Fishing Report for July 8th, 2021

Fishing Reports for July 8th, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

The last week we have seen a lot of wind from multiple directions creating for some great fishing and tough fishing and consecutive days.

There is a lot of moving water, which spreads the fish out and does not allow them to settle in.
Looking ahead, we expect a more settled weather pattern, which should lead to more consistent fishing.

This week the Oswego Pro Am is being held on Saturday and Sunday, in Oswego.  Friday is the Sticks Big Fish Friday event.  The Tri County Challenge is also in its 2nd week.  So, there’s lots going on in Oswego County right now.  Get together with some friends and sign up for one of these great events!  More info at


The following report is courtesy of Captain Bob Pultorak of T-K Charters.

Currently, we are targeting Kings and Coho Salmon, steelhead, and brown trout.

The lake is starting to set up into three layers, with the upper-level temperature at 68 degrees, a rapid drop for the middle, and then the bottom layer.

Browns and Steelhead prefer the warmer water 55° to the surface.  For kings and coho, we recommend fishing the thermocline in the lower level 40 to 50°

Spoons are the favorite for browns and Steelhead.  Stingray and magnum spoons seem to be best.
While the salmon love attractors and meat combinations.  Although big spoons are also productive.  Such as moonshine or Michigan Stinger, going fast at 2.7 to 3.5 mph.  We slow down our meat and Twinkie rigs, usually at 2 – 2.7mph

For kings, our best setups this week have been white, green dot 10” spin doctor with a frog meat head or green Twinkies.  And Moonshine mag in black and silver.  Stingray Pickleseed is still landing browns.


This report is provided by Capt. Adam and Mike of Northeastern Sportfishing.

Over the past week we have had two main targets.  Option one being kings and steelhead, offshore in 150-300 fow.  Option two being brown trout inside of 100 fow. The Kings and steelhead can be found from 150-300 fow plus feet but the best for us has been 150-225 fow (some boats west have done better deeper).

Our biggest tip: if you DO find a pocket of fish, stay on them! Steelhead have been upper column 40-70ft down, caught on high riggers, coppers, and divers.  The best spoons have proved to be stingray size; carmel dolphin, green dolphin, yellow diehard, the doctor, and chartreuse alewife in both uv and glow. Kings are lower in the column, 80-150 fow.  We have experienced some spoon bites but mostly a fly or meat bite.  Lighting is key.  Early on combos such as stud combos, cannonball rig, glow meat rigs, etc.  In the bright sun, we recommend mountain dew, live wire, hammer time with uv rigs, or mirage flys.

Browns have been in that 60-80fow range.  The best spoons prove to be frostbite, green dolphin, blonde chick, lemon lime, as well as some varied super slims and northeast troller spoons.  Riggers 40 foot to bottom down, 7-9 color lead core, 200-250 coppers and 100-150 divers #1 size #2 setting.

The water level is still on the low side and is currently stable. Tight lines to 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.

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