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Fishing Reports for July 28, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

According to Strike Zone Charters:

So the salmon fishing has been a bit tough making our decision to fish for brown trout an easy one. Our weekend guests landed eight browns and two small salmon in 30 min., yes 30 min. We normally do very well fishing for browns, but it was crazy. We then tried for a couple of salmon and lost one adult at the boat but caught a laker and a couple more small salmon. Yesterday we filled the cooler with brown trout again and made it back to the dock a little early with a four person limit and a kicker laker.

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 has been between 1,000 – 2,000 cfs over the weekend. The current flow is 1,190 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:

Last week was a fairly quiet week for the fish and the anglers which continued into the weekend with warm temperatures and more humid conditions on Sunday.  Anglers commented that they have had some good days  to be on the water, and that was all they needed.  The fish are a bonus!  The current water flow at the dam is 185 cfs with 244 cfs at Pineville.


Oneida Lake report:

The weekend was again very warm and humid with some storms moving through the area yesterday. Anglers are finding walleye in both shallow and deeper water. Trolling and jigging are good applications to try. Blade baits and spinner baits are working well. Bass are taking stickbaits and jigs in the shallow water along with a good pickerel bite at this depth.


Sandy Pond report:

There is not a lot of activity on the pond this time of year but anglers are finding walleye using stickbaits and jigs. Look for bass along the weed beds with spinnerbaits and rubber worms. Large minnows are taking a few northern pike.