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Fishing Reports for September 16, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

Cooler temperatures are expected in the seven day forecast. The water temperature is dropping but the wind and its changing directions has conditions a bit unsettled. Salmon are staging as they make their way to the tributaries. Look in 100+ feet of water with flasher/fly combinations, meat, and spoons working well.

Oswego River report:

The cooler weather has helped to push more salmon into the river.  The river flow has been between 700 and 1200 cfs for several days. This afternoon it is running at 661 cfs. Anglers are finding thunder sticks to be working well.

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:

Notice: With the recent low water conditions, the Lower Fly Fishing Zone will be closed from September 15th until further notice. Drought conditions have produced low and warm water conditions therefore the Lower Fly Fishing Zone will be closed in order to help ensure an adequate Pacific salmon egg take at the Salmon River Hatchery during the fall 2020 spawning season.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Anglers have reported some fish in the upper end of the river in the deep holes but most anglers have been focusing on the lower end in the Ball Park, Town Pool, Staircase, and Black Hole. The best action has been during the week first thing in the morning and later in the day when you have less anglers on the water. Suggested patterns have been woolly buggers, egg-sucking leeches and estaz eggs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Another grind down on the water with sporadic activity throughout the day yesterday.   A few cohos in the mix along with several brown trout reported.  Still, primarily kings being caught.  Upper sections of the property last evening reported light activity.  The middle sections still produced the most fish.  Lower sections of the property indicated a fairly quiet day overall, but everyone was able to get into a few fish.  Estuary reports from last evening indicated a minimal amount of activity in the center channel.  The water flow has remained at 185 cfs and the current flow at Pineville is 205 cfs.


Oneida Lake report:

More wind at times over the last few days has been an issue with getting on the water. When conditions are good, anglers are finding walleye activity in 20-40 feet of water.  Jigs and blade baits are working well. Bass fishing has been spotty so cover lots of water and try a variety of bait.


Sandy Pond report:

Conditions are the same on the pond. There is not a lot of activity on the pond this time of year.  Look for bass along the weed beds using spinner baits and rubber worms.