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Fishing Reports for September 23rd, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

This week’s lake report is from Captain Mark Ledden of Driftwater Fishing.

Lake conditions have been windy this week. We are looking at  mostly the same the next few days.

Fishing from Salmon River to the north dunes has been decent.   Temperature has been coming up this week.  On eof our biggest recommendations is to look for fish where the temp meets bottom.  It has been 50-70’ down.  Dragging the bottom with 8 and11 inch paddles has been very productive for our trips. We recommend pen/glow pig pen or hammer and mirage flies.

Spoons and plugs have taken fish too, especially early around the river mouth.


Oswego River report:

The CFS was at 3280 as of this morning. Temperatures have been hovering around 70 degrees.  This is typical for this time of year.

The 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 them have headed up to the dam. But with these flows you’ll have luck from the 104 bridge all the way through the dam.

When fishing downstream of the powerhouse, from the Highwall or low wall and between the bridges, the best technique is the cast deep dive and crank baits such as thunder sticks and BayRats in brighter colors.  Both fire tiger and green glow work best. Another technique is to float chunks of skein under a slip float, keeping your bait a foot or two off bottom.  Pautzke fire cure in pink, natural orange, and red are the go to colors. The skein bite will pick up as a water temps drop, so right now we recommend to stick with plugs.

Don’t be surprised if you’re still encountering some warm water species as well.

          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:

Salmon River flows have been very steady this week. But with the heavy rains forecast we should see an increase in flows and hopefully a good push of fresh fish.   Always remember, with higher flows be especially careful while wading or crossing.

This week’s report is courtesy of Whitaker’s Sport Shop.

On Monday we started out with cooler temperatures first thing in the morning, but with sunny conditions the temperature reached into the upper 70’s in the afternoon. We did not speak with as many anglers as over the weekend, but most anglers we spoke with had a slow day.  The best fish movement seemed to be first thing in the morning, once it got bright and sunny the fish wanted to sit in the deeper holes. Even with less anglers on the water they seemed content sitting in the deep holes and not moving until later in the day.

Anglers who stood in the same spot all day and waited for fish to come to them had a tougher time. The anglers who had the most success were moving around and covering lots of water. If you work hard and put your time in, you can definitely find them.

Tight lines!

Whitaker’s Suggested Patterns this week are as follows:

Streamers: Comets in hot pink, orange chart, size 4. Egg sucking leeches in black or purple, size 4. Beadhead woolly buggers in black, olive, orange, red, size 6. Fishskull zonkers in black, olive, white, grizzly size 4.

Nymphs: Steelhead hammer in blue, pink, red, black, size 8. Estaz stones in blue, red, purple, rootbeer, chart, pink size 6. Steelhead hammer in blue,black, pink, chart size 6. Rubber legged stones in black, olive, brown size 6. Rubber legged Kaufman stones in black or golden size 4.

Egg patterns: Estaz eggs in blue, orange, pink, chart, purple size 6. Glo-bugs in chart, pink, oregon cheese, steelhead orange, light blue size 6. Omelets in chart, peach, cerise size 6. Sucker spawn in pink, chart, orange, blue size 6.