Visit Oswego County

Fishing Reports for September 16th, 2021

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

Lake Ontario report:

Lake conditions have been windy this week. But we are looking forward to some stable conditions over the next few days.

This week’s lake report is from Captain Mike Ford of Reel Addicted Charters.

Fishing from the salmon river to the north dunes have been on fire! Temperature has been super low for this time of year 130-140ft down. Dragging the bottom 10 feet of water with 11-inch paddles has been very productive! Limits every trip! Pig pen/glow pig pen have been on fire followed by hammer and mirage flies. It’s definitely the year of the coho. Tight lines!

Oswego River report:

The CFS was at 3910 as of this morning. Temperatures have been in the upper to mid-70s.  This is typical for this time of year.

This following report is courtesy of Captain Andy Bliss, of Chasin’ Tail Adventures Guide Service.

The first good group of kings have entered the Oswego river with the warmer temps most of headed up to the dam.

But with these flows, kings will be found from the 104 bridge all the way through the dam.

Please check our website, at, for the current CFS.


Please Consider the Following Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

The CFS was at 499 as of this morning.

Temperatures have been In the 60s and low 70s and we expect that to stay the same.

The 2021 Salmon River season is off to a great start. Kings and coho salmon have been entering the river throughout the last week. There was a decent push through the DSR last week. But has slowed down the last few days.

There has not been a major run of fish, but it has been pretty steady for this point in September.

With the crowds being light, you are able to fish a lot of great water without being shoulder to shoulder with other anglers. With the warm water temperatures, the fish were not real aggressive, but you are always able find a few willing to snap.

Most successful anglers are drifting flies through the pinch points at the heads and tails of several pools. Light green to olive colored Estas flies are the most effective patterns, with chartreuse and purple producing well. The crowds will be showing up soon, so if you have the opportunity to get out now, you can enjoy some good fishing and style points at the same time.

DISCLAIMER: This report was developed as a marketing tool and is meant to provide an overview of the current opportunities in Oswego County, New York. Oswego County Tourism does not specifically endorse any fishing guide, charter, outfitter, advertiser, or location. Nor does Oswego County Tourism accept any liability for trips to the area based on the contents of this report. Additionally, users should always refer to the NYS DEC for any specific questions regarding hunting or fishing regulations.