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Fishing Reports for August 8, 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.

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

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

We had to run deep to find them Tuesday but it didn’t take long and we were giving nine good ones a ride back to the marina! We even found one of the rare seldom seen Atlantic salmon this week.









According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

Fishing has slowed slightly after the big northeast blow but plenty of fish are still finding their way to the cleaning table!

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 has been up and down constantly but running mostly between 2,000-3,000 cfs over the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 1,180 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:

Two anglers enjoyed the run to themselves on Tuesday and reported landing a few smallmouth bass along with a few fallfish. No reports of salmon just yet. The morning water temperature was 68F but rose to 75F by midday. The water flow is expected to be at 185 cfs through midnight August 12.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

This week has been active weather wise with some storms moving through the last couple of days and more expected this afternoon. Wind could be an issue on Friday and Saturday with conditions settling down for Sunday. 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:

Activity is quiet on the pond.