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Fishing Report for June 6, 2018

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

Lake Ontario report:

Anglers have been finding a good brown trout bite in 20-40 feet of water with stickbaits and small spoons. Reports from the weekend indicated there was some good salmon action in 80-150 feet of water down 40-60 from the surface. Spoons seemed to be the bait of choice with green being a popular color. The wind was an issue earlier this week so we will have to see how conditions set up with the calm waters.

Oswego River report:

The water level has been up and down over the last few days running between 3,500cfs and about 9,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 7,540cfs. Anglers are continuing to take walleye with stickbaits. Sheepshead and smallmouth bass have also been active but remember it is catch and release with artificial lures only for bass.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing has been very good on Lake Ontario. Brown trout have been very active in 8-40 feet of water along the eastern end of the lake. Anglers are finding a few salmon in the deeper water but they are more active to the west near Oswego.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

On Sunday we had eight anglers on the run. One reported nymphing in the lower section catching two beautifully colored 9” brown trout. The remaining anglers did well with smallmouth bass. Applications included swinging flies and swinging a 2” floating minnow lure. Overall these eight anglers brought 25 bass to hand. Over the last couple of days, there has only been three anglers on the run but they have had success with smallmouth bass. The water flow is running at 185cfs.

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Oneida Lake report:
Over the weekend the walleye action was spotty but good in those areas. Anglers are targeting 15-35 feet of water with a little more action in the upper end of that water depth. Bucktail jigs and blade baits are getting the job done. Pickerel have been taking stickbaits and crankbaits and a few nice northern pike have been reported. Perch action is increasing and the bullhead bite has been good in the evening.



Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

The walleye bite has been good on the pond and there is some perch action too. Anglers are also finding some bass which are catch and release only until the season opens June 16. Stickbaits, crankbaits, jigs, small minnows and nightcrawlers are working well.