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Fishing Reports for May 26, 2020

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

Notice:  Oswego County has entered into Phase One of the Governor’s reopening plan with Phase Two likely to follow soon.  Our fishing charters and guides are now able to begin their fishing season by following the CDC guidelines.


Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss on the Cold Steel:

Browns are here but acting a little finicky. Michigan Stingers did all of our damage the last few days with a few key spoons getting the most attention. UV green glow alewife, UV can’t afford it, lances 2 face and a crushed black alewife being the stud! Pautzke Firegel in anchovy and herring helped seal the deal. Board rods with a #4 shot, 1 color cores and our Optimums 4-7’ down did all of the damage.
We found some real big browns as well. The biggest pushing the scale past 13lbs!!!

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been up and down between 6500 CFS and 9,000 CFS over the last few days. With the heavy rain yesterday morning it is flowing at 8,270 CFS this morning. Areas along the East and West River Walks  are suggested for some brown trout and walleye action.

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 to view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

The water flow rose earlier this week but is currently down to 185 CFS at the dam and 290 CFS at Pineville. Anglers are finding a few dropback steelhead taking egg sacs, beads and jigs. Fly fishing anglers are using stone flies along with glo bugs and wooly bugger type patterns.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

The weather cooperated over the weekend for some good fishing. Anglers are finding walleye off Lewis Point using bucktail jigs.  Perch are active in about 30 feet of water, look for bass along the weedbeds and even a few northern pike have been taken.


Sandy Pond report:

We have not had much to report from Sandy Pond. Walleye are likely active as the season opened earlier this month.