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Fishing Reports for June 16, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report:

After the wind we had last week, the lake has calmed down and is expected to stay that way for a few days along with several days of some warm temperatures heading our way.  Fish have been scattered but with these conditions, we should have a thermocline setting up. Anglers have been finding some brown trout in the shallow depths with salmon, steelhead and lake trout out through the deeper water.  Spoons and flasher/fly combinations have been working well.

Oswego River report:

The water flow is currently at 626 CFS. Brookfield Renewable will be performing annual maintenance work on the Varick Dam on June 16 and 17. The water level between Lock 6 and 7 will be low for safety purposes.  Anglers continue to find some walleye action using stickbaits and jigs. A reminder that bass season opens on Saturday, June 20.

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:

We had a handful of anglers that ventured out on the run yesterday. Guests reported having a good day with the smallmouth bass, and one guest reported catching yellow perch, fallfish and he even saw a few small longnose gar. The morning water temperature was 60F but rose to 66F by midday. The flow is running at 185 CFS at the dam and 232 CFS at Pineville.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Reports were good from anglers over the weekend. Walleye were active in deeper as well as shallow water with bucktail jigs working well. The bass bite was good in shallow water. Just a reminder that bass season opens this Saturday, June 20. Anglers also found some perch in the mix and a few pickerel.


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers are continuing to find some walleye activity using stickbaits and jigs. A few northern pike are responding to spinnerbaits.