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Fishing Reports for June 5, 2019

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

Notice: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been established for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at an idle speed.  

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Reports from the lake indicate the shoreline brown trout fishing has slowed. Of course there are still those that are having excellent outings on any given day, but likely the fish are moving out deeper. Both the trout and salmon are keying in on the bait, and as huge schools of bait fish move out deeper so do the predators. The king (Chinook) salmon are still being caught in good numbers between 55-130 feet of water often suspending about 25-45 feet down. Michigan Stinger spoons and A-TOM-MIK flies have been the most productive baits on the lake thus far.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Larger numbers of walleyes are finally showing up in the Oswego River. Bottom bouncing night crawlers, jigging bucktail jigs, and casting stick baits are the most effective techniques. Many anglers are of the belief that these fish will only feed after dark, but such is not the case here as some of the best feeding windows can occur early morning and mid-day on the river, as well as at night. If you’re simply looking to have some fun and hook into some fish, you can catch good numbers of bass and other warm water species anywhere from the high and low walls on the upper west side, down to the lower river and into the harbor, using a plethora of different baits, from live bait to tube jigs, swim baits, stickbaits, spoons and bucktail jigs.

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:

Sunday a pair of anglers checked in mid-morning with the intent to wet-wade and spincast for smallmouth bass. They worked the lower and middle sections of the run, casting Beetle spin rigs and tube jigs.  Between them, they went 12 / 19 bass in the 12 – 15″ range with a few in the 3 and 4 pound range. They reported that there were many more bass in the middle section than the lower part. A handful of anglers spent yesterday afternoon on the run and nearly everyone was able to land a smallie or two. Water flows went up to 1,000 cfs last night.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

The walleye bite is reportedly picking up as they are following baitfish. Bucktail jigs along with perch colored sonars are working well. Anglers are finding a perch bite in 15-20 feet of water in many areas across the lake. Pickerel are active on the eastern end of the lake. Boaters should continue to use caution with the high water as there is debris floating in the lake.  


Sandy Pond report:

Due to Lake Ontario’s high water level, the DEC North Sandy Pond boat launch is closed.With the high water we have not had many reports from the pond.