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Fishing Reports for September 6, 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:

After being up to almost 9,000 cfs on Wednesday, the river flow has dropped back to 4,390 cfs this morning. 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days we’ve had cooler temperatures at night and warming up during the day along with sunny conditions. The most fish movement has been first thing in the morning and right before dark. During the middle of the day fish seem to be holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. The majority of anglers we’re speaking with have been fishing mostly the lower end of the river. Anglers reported having the most success in the Ballpark, Town Pool area, Staircase, Blackhole and DSR. The most productive patterns have been streamers in natural colors such as black, olive, white and brown. Beadhead or conehead woolly buggers, fish skull zonkers, conehead muddlers and egg sucking leeches.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday anglers reported a successful morning overall, with a flurry of activity which petered out in the early afternoon. The middle and upper sections of the property in the morning indicated the best activity. Mornings and evenings have been the biggest producers with the lingering warm mid-day temperatures still impacting fish activity, indicating that we have more overnight movement. Anglers in the afternoon still reporting fish, but not of the same quantities as early morning. The water flow out of Pineville is 409 cfs and from the dam 335 cfs.

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 running 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.