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Fishing Reports for July 23, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

Reports are indicating it has been a good week on the lake.  Salmon are active in 150-300+ feet of water with spoons, meat rigs and flasher/fly combinations working well. Look for lake trout in 100+ feet of water and a number of brown trout have also been taken.  Bass can be found in more shallow water with jigs and crankbaits working well.


According to Strike Zone Charters:

Another year in the books for a long time 30 yr. supporter and his son. We landed lots of fish on their three-day trip. Mostly adult kings but a few younger salmon, some browns, lake trout and even an Atlantic were brought to the net.


Oswego River report:

Notice: Brookfield Renewable’s Varick Hydroelectric Station on the Oswego River will be out of service until approximately September 1, 2020 while electrical equipment is upgraded.  During this time flow through the Varick Hydroelectric Station will be stopped and all river flow will be released at the NYS Dam known as Varick Dam into the natural river channel below the dam.  Please be advised that during this time flow in natural river channel could be significantly greater than when the hydroelectric station is operational. 

Please use extreme caution and wear a personal flotation device when recreating on or near water. Pay close attention to your surroundings and respect all signage, sirens and barriers. follow all regulations if you plan to enter this area. For questions regarding this matter, please contact us at

The water flow was up to 8,000 cfs early in the week. The current flow is 2,210 cfs. Most areas along the river are accessible but along the East and West River Walks are good places to try. Look for walleye with stickbaits and jigs and crayfish and tube jigs are suggested for bass.

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:

After the higher water flow last weekend, we are back down to 185 cfs and 245 cfs at Pineville. We haven’t had a lot of reports from anglers but those that have been on the river have reported a few smallmouth bass. Temperatures are expected to be warm this weekend and muggy especially on Sunday with just a slight risk of a shower.


Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are continuing to find a good bite on Oneida Lake. Walleye are active in deeper water but some reports were especially good from the shallow depths this week. Trolling and jigging are good applications to try. Blade baits and spinner baits are working well. Anglers are finding some perch and bass are taking stickbaits and jigs.


Sandy Pond report:

Activity typically slows down this time of year on the pond with the weed growth 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.