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Fishing Reports for July 10, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

The eastern end of the lake is active with salmon being taken in 150-250 feet of water. Meat rigs, flasher/fly combinations and especially spoons are working well. A number of lakers have been reported in 100+ feet of water, brown trout and bass are active in more shallow water.

According to Strike Zone Charters:

Yesterday the salmon were playing hard to get. We had a good early bite, lost most of them and then the bite shut down. We did a little exploring later in the trip and finally found our old friend the brown trout. A nice mixed bag of salmon, steelhead and browns.


Oswego River report:

The water flow did reach a bit over 1,000 CFS briefly yesterday. This afternoon it is down to 761 CFS. Anglers continue to find some walleye action using stickbaits and jigs. Boat anglers were working the waters behind the hotels yesterday in the evening.  Bass are being taken along the river with crayfish a suggested bait.

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:

We have had a number of hot sunny days and activity has been rather quiet on the river which is typical for this time of year. Water temperatures are in the 70s. Anglers fishing in the early morning are likely to find the most activity.  Those venturing out have reported a nice mix of bass and fall fish. The river flow is 185 CFS and 228 CFS at Pineville.


Oneida Lake report:

It has been a week of hot temperatures and plenty of sunshine. With these conditions the evening bite has been most active but a bit cooler temperatures and some rain are in the forecast for the weekend. Anglers are finding walleye in the shallow waters as well as deeper depths.  Crank baits, spinner baits and jigging are working well. Bass are active in shallow water with stickbaits and jigs working well.


Sandy Pond report:

The warm temperatures have continued all week but it looks like we will get a break over the weekend. Activity typically slows down this time of year on the pond but anglers are finding some bass along the weed beds using spinnerbaits and rubber worms. Walleye are taking stickbaits and jigs and there have been a few pike reported.