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Fishing Reports for September 5, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

When the wind has not been an issue, salmon fishing on the lake has been on fire this summer. There is certainly no shortage of fish, and the average size fish is impressive this year. The top ten kings weighed in for the “Fall LOC Derby” range between 29-33 pounds. Anglers are targeting kings as shallow as 100 FOW and as deep as 600 FOW. Meat rigs and cut bait have been the hot item for kings this summer but flasher/flies, spoons, and j-plugs are taking fish right now as well.

Oswego River:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

A decent push of salmon has come through over the last couple of days and anglers are getting them both at the dam and off the wall. The fish that are running up at this time are fresh, strong and downright mean. Early season kings tend to win more battles than they lose, and will test your gear and your fighting skills to the max. Conditions for the rest of the week look good and this weekend is looking promising for another push of fish. Drifting an egg sac, skein, bead, or fly along the bottom is a common technique for anglers targeting early run kings at the Varick Dam. The other common technique for targeting early run kings is throwing deep diving lures off the wall. Anglers are still targeting smallmouth bass, walleye, rockbass, sheepshead, channel cats, carp, and longnose gar in the river. Bottom bouncing and slip float fishing with gulp minnows, crayfish, and night crawlers has been effective for catching fish from shore over the past week or so.

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:

Over the last couple of days we have had reports of plenty of hook ups but landing the fish was difficult. The water flow out of Pineville is 409 cfs and from the dam 335 cfs. From anglers earlier in the week reports ranged from “I saw a few, didn’t hook up at all, I did ok”, through “a great day, double-digit hookups, brought a couple in” – did not seem to be any discernible pattern as I had reports from anglers in proximity to each other that were on opposite ends of the spectrum. There were also reports of a nice size Atlantic salmon, a couple of brown trout and even a steelhead.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Again the wind has been an issue at times over the last week. There is a bass tournament on the lake beginning today through Saturday so hopefully conditions will be good. Bass have begun feeding on young gizzard shad so look for bird activity and you will likely find some action. The walleye bite has slowed a bit which is typical this time of year as they begin to feed on young gizzard shad but you can still find them in up to 25 feet of water. A variety of baits are working including worm harnesses, blade baits and stickbaits.


Sandy Pond report:

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