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Fishing Reports for May 28, 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 Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

What a fight!!! This fish hit a Michigan stinger down 40 feet and came up to the surface through the diver. Then proceed to pass the boat. As I made my way to the bow he went 300’ behind the boat. The line got caught on the rudder but we managed to get it free and land it.


Photo courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures                                            Photo courtesy of High Adventure 

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Started Sunday morning with a quad and the crew managed to land all four. After that it was a slow pick, but the cooler was very heavy at the dock. Yesterday we picked up this nice king – just shy of 24 pounds. Our largest king of the year thus far.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The water flow is currently running at 13,200cfs this morning. Every May and at certain times throughout the summer, the Oswego River gets a decent run of these fresh rainbows. We caught one such gorgeous fish last week. It always seems a little extra special to catch a trout in warm weather in the river. Smallmouth bass, rock bass, and sheepshead seem to be the most active biters in the river 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:

Sunday we had eight anglers on the run and all but one (who only fished for a short time late in the afternoon) got into some decent smallmouth bass and drop-back chrome steelhead fishing from top to bottom of the run. Most reported bass in the 12 to 15″ range, ones to threes, swinging flies, with one lucky angler bringing to hand 25 bass spincasting with tube jigs and small crankbaits. There were three steelhead brought to hand with two being a respectable 22″ and 28″ and one being a small “skippy”!  Yesterday the few anglers on the run reported  only a few fall fish and a couple of smallmouth bass that showed up to provide entertainment. Water flows have dropped to 500cfs through midnight tonight.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Boaters and anglers should continue to use caution when out on the water as there is a large amount of debris floating in the lake. Anglers are finding walleye fishing from shore or in 20-30 feet of water. Shore anglers are also finding a bullhead bite along with a few crappies. Water depths of 10-15 feet are producing some perch.


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.