Fishing Reports for August 6, 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:

 After running between 4,000cfs and 10,000cfs the end of last week, the water level has dropped to 1,800cfs as of this morning.  All areas along the river are fishable at this level. Anglers are finding smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish, sheephead and carp throughout the river along with an occasional walleye. Suggested baits include minnows, worms, crayfish and stickbaits. There are no salmon as yet. 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, view the Oswego County web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

 Click here for Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for current water flow.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:

It has been a slow morning for us today. We can’t seem to find any targets to work with but we did manage to take a couple.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:

A three day blow out of the west-northwest wiped out the weekend fishing in Oswego. A lot of tackle and boat maintenance was done to get ready for the salmon blitz. As the lake calms down, the fish should be close to the Port of Oswego.


 Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

The river is quiet this time of year. The water flow is running at 185cfs through this evening.

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Port Ontario:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The wind was a major factor over the weekend keeping anglers off the water. Conditions have settled down so we should have some reports filtering in today and tomorrow. There has been a good number of fish in the area and with the cooler temperatures and high water that we have, there is a good possibility that we will see some salmon working their way to the river before long. A settled weather pattern would be very helpful.  


Oneida Lake report:

The fishing on the lake continues to be good. Look for walleye in various depths from 10 feet out over 30 feet of water. Areas around Shackelton Shoals and buoy 113 near Messenger Shoal are active. For smallmouth bass, Big Bay is the suggested spot to try. Bucktail jigs, worms and minnows are working well. For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Conditions on the pond have not changed. The cooler temperatures this month and higher water have kept the weed growth down some making fishing a bit easier. Look for bass and pike activity early in the day and again toward evening.