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Fishing Reports for June 4, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report:

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

Fishing has been on the tough side the last week or so. The lake is trying to set up a thermocline. So in the meantime we are seeing a lot of generic water. Temperatures are the same from the surface down to 30+ feet. When we are faced with conditions like these the fish can be spread out all through the water column making it hard to target a specific area. It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Your best options during these times is to spread your lures out from the surface down as far as you mark them. Lead cores in 1-5 colors are great options. Slide divers, down riggers and shirt coppers will also help. When it comes to lure choices try a mix of sizes   There is bait of all sizes out there right now.  Standard Stingers and Stingrays are doing the best. Color patterns vary from day to day but naturals have been the most productive with some chartreuse in the sunny conditions! But remember when things are all spread out cover water and find a few feeders!

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running between 3,000 and 4,000 CFS for the last couple of days. This morning it is flowing at 3,720 CFS. Areas along the East and West River Walks  are suggested for some brown trout and walleye action. Anglers have reported a few bass which are on a catch and release basis right now.

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 one guest yesterday from roughly 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. covering the middle and upper sections of the run swinging minnow type patterns. We’re happy to share that he enjoyed some decent bass fishing. It was a better day of catching than the past few days that he’d been here and a few of the bass were stout in the 16″ range. The flow is running at 350 CFS today and expected to drop to 285 CFS tomorrow morning.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports from Oneida Lake have indicated there is good fishing. Anglers are picking up some nice smallmouth bass jigging in 10-15 feet of water.  Walleye are being taken in both shallow and deeper (20-30 feet) water. A few perch were found but a number of pickerel were reported.  Applications included jigs, worms and trolling worm harnesses.


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers have been reporting some walleye activity using stickbaits and jigs. A few northern pike are responding to spinnerbaits.