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Fishing Reports for September 30, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According Capt. Todd Sheltra of Strike Zone Charters:

Well the lake fishing was tougher the last couple of days. My brother and I were separated Friday. I did a trip on my smaller boat while Robin ran Morgan. Our clients each had 6 bites and landed half of them. Saturday we were together on Morgan and had 6 bites but landed all 6.

Oswego River:

The river flow has been running mainly between 1500 – 3,000 cfs over the last few days. This morning the flow is at 2,120 cfs. The daytime temperatures have again been up and down with a cooler day today but again near 80 degrees for tomorrow. However by Thursday the highs will be in the upper 50s to low 60s for several days. With that the low temperatures will be upper 40s to low 50s. The result should be cooler water temperatures in the river and likely more action throughout the river. Anglers have been finding salmon off the wall using skein under slip floats and deep diving thundersticks.  Egg sacs, beads, soft plastic eggs, marabou jigs, and skein have all been used to catch salmon at the dam lately.

                           Photos courtesy of Oz Angling Tackle

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:

The River Patrol reported on Saturday that, even though there are still extensive amounts of fish in the run, the general movement was not as great as the past days have been. Even with the sputters of rain throughout the day, some anglers were still coming up from the run with fish in hand.  On Sunday the report indicated that there are fish in the water, but sporadic action up and down the run. At 5 pm the fish started to move in at the Black Hole and the action picked up. The water flow out of Pineville is 409 cfs and from the dam 350 cfs. After a warm day tomorrow cooler temperatures will be moving in along with some rain during the week.

Photos courtesy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters

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Oneida Lake report:

For bass, keep an eye out for bird activity or for fish breaking on the surface. This species can provide some exciting fishing.  The stretch of warmer weather has slowed the shore walleye bite but cooler temperatures will be moving in on Wednesday. Casting stickbaits just before or after dark is working well. Anglers are still finding some in deeper water – around 25 feet.  A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing, some popular ones have been worm harnesses, blade baits, swim baits and stickbaits.


Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond which is typical for this time of year.