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Fishing Reports for August 12, 2019

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

Notice: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at an idle speed.

Notice: Now through Labor Day, New York State is offering free fishing on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Also, 30 state parks along the shores are offering half-price vehicle entry and camping.

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

It’s been a crazy week with all kinds of weather and all kinds of bites. We have fished from 70 feet of water to over 600 feet of water. The fishing conditions have been changing like the weather and with the weather.

According to Capts. Robin and Todd Sheltra of Strike Zone Charters:

Fishing was good for salmon at the end of last week and then it fell apart. We then switched to fishing for browns which have been filling the cooler for us. Catching a few salmon mixed in with the browns also.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The lake fishing has been nothing short of amazing this summer. Many boats are having success early and often, “boxing out” just a few hours into trolling. The kings are biting voraciously on a number of different spoons, flies, meat rigs and flasher patterns. A lot of fish are being caught out beyond 300 feet of water, often suspending around 90-100 feet down. You can often expect them to be in a little shallower at sunrise and around sunset.

Oswego River:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow was up between 3,000-4,000cfs for a day or so. This morning it is flowing at 1,880 cfs. River fishing has been steady and predictable over the last couple of weeks. Anglers are primarily using live bait such as crayfish, night crawlers, and shiners to catch a number of different fresh water species like smallmouth bass, rock bass, sheepshead, bluegill, walleye, channel catfish, carp and gar.


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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A total of nine clients, most of whom arrived near dawn, were out scouting for that first salmon of the season on Sunday. Well, one lucky client found that first salmon scoring a nice hen Chinook about 15 pounds in the middle section of the run. The news gets better – the first salmon was followed by four others hooked up in the middle and lower sections, by this same client, but lost because they were so strong and feisty. Not a large number of them but a few early ones.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

The past week has been active weather wise with some storms moving through the last couple of days and more expected this afternoon. Wind was an issue on Friday and Saturday. Walleye action has been good in shallow water and in the deeper depths. Worm harnesses, blade baits and trolling stickbaits are suggested applications. Some nice size bass have been reported near the weed beds.


Sandy Pond report:

Notice: The DEC has announced the North Sandy Pond boat launch located in the town of Sandy Creek is now open following record-high water levels on Lake Ontario. During the closure, DEC implemented several site repairs to ensure safe and convenient public access to the launch.