Fishing Reports for September 20, 2013

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


Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With the colder temperatures earlier in the week the salmon have moved in and the dam is loaded. Anglers are also taking a number of them from the wall behind the shop. Crazy eggs, skein, hot-n-tots, and estez flies are working well. Also the night wall behind the YMCA is active with glow spoons and hot-n-tots good choices of bait. The water level is running at 1950cfs this afternoon.  Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, click on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:


Low, low water on Wednesday but we still had very good cooperation from the fish. A little bit of everything and some of the freshest looking Kings I have seen in the river. This morning was a little tougher but we did manage to take a couple of beautiful rainbows.

Click here  for Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here  for current water flow.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:

Salmon are in 120-180 feet of water, in the colder water that is 44-48 degrees. Fish are taking white paddles and cutbait and echips and flies off the riggers in glow green and white colors. Fish taken in the lake are still silver. Coho salmon are mixed in with the Kings. I heard J-plugs are starting to work also! Good luck!


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake still has lots of fish with one charter Tuesday taking its limit fishing in 105 feet bouncing off the bottom with flies and flashers just north of the Salmon River. There are more fish coming into the river daily with a good number holding in the estuary by the bridge the last day or so. For anyone interested there has been a good bass bite in Mexico off the Dempster bluff with jigs, minnows and worms working well.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Most of our guests have reported that the fishing was slower yesterday than Wednesday but some good Coho action early on kept most anglers smiling. Similar to the past several days once the sun has gotten high, movement becomes sporadic. However, if you’re in the right place at the right time fishing can be good for an hour or so. Wednesday evening in the upper end was one such instance; from 3-4 p.m. a nice mixed pod of Kings and Cohos pushed through. Some browns have also been reported over the past few days. The fly selection has varied depending on the time of day. Bright colored streamers or egg patterns have taken fish early while naturals have been key while the sun is high. 

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Anglers stopping into the shop who fished between the Ball Park and RT2A reported some fish were on the move first thing in the morning, but the action slowed up with the bright sunshine and heat. The mid to upper end of the river has fish holding in the deep holes and has not been getting as much pressure as the lower end of the river. Anglers stopping into the shop also reported getting into some kings in the Lower Fly Zone under lite fishing pressure. Anglers who are bottom bouncing with egg sacs have gotten into some fish with blue and chartreuse colors. 

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions are about the same on the lake with a few walleye being taken in 25-30 feet of water. There has been a yellow perch bite with Big Bay and Frenchman’s Island being suggested spots to try. Bucktail jigs tipped with a worm are working for walleye with minnows and worms working well for perch. Smallmouth bass are active in various areas across the lake.  For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, click on the link below.  

Click here  for the Oneida Lake Association Boating Safety Map.  


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is no new activity to report on the pond. It is typically quiet this time of year.