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Fishing Reports for July 11, 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:

Brown trout have been very active the last few days in the shallow depths of the lake. Stingray spoons on riggers and divers have worked well. Anglers are finding salmon in deeper water with spoons, Atomik meatrigs and flies on various attractors getting their attention.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

After a big N/NE blow on Sunday waters off of Oswego really cooled down. Early in the week we started in tight for browns. It was the right move. Once we found them it was steady action. After getting our fill of trout we went looking for some salmon and we weren’t disappointed.


According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river flow is a bit lower running at 5,370cfs. Conditions are about the same along the river. Anglers are finding a mixed bag of fish including sheepshead, smallmouth bass, rockbass, longnose gar, carp, silver perch, bluegills, and channel cats near the dam. The same species are being caught downstream, except most of the walleyes seem to be hanging in the lower end of the river. Night crawlers on the bottom is the go-to method for targeting walleyes during the day. Casting big stickbaits from shore or trolling stickbaits from a boat is still effective at night.

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:

The last couple of days have been very warm with lots of sunshine. Activity on the run has been quiet with one angler hitting the water yesterday for the first few hours in the morning, but even the fish were pretty lethargic from the heat and were uncooperative.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Walleye are active from the shallow water out to about 30 FOW. Successful applications are jigging in the shallows and trolling worm harnesses and stickbaits in the deeper waters. Bass are being taken in about 5 to 15 FOW.


Sandy Pond report:

Conditions are about the same on the pond. Due to Lake Ontario’s high water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed. With the high water we have not had many reports from the pond and typically weeds become an issue with the warmer weather.