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Fishing Reports for September 9th, 2021

Fishing Reports for September 9th, 2021

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

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Lake Ontario report:

The last week we have seen ever-changing conditions.  The wind has been changing multiple times a day with one big west blow that is really course a lot of warm water into the eastern based on Lake Ontario.
All the captains are hoping the next week will bring more stable water in better conditions.

This week’s report is brought to you by Captain Casey Prisco, of Dirty Goose Sportfishing.

All the wind, currents and temperatures have been causing havoc on the lake.  Each day we find ourselves searching for our fish and each day they seem to move never staying in one spot for long.  Our best baits have been atommik mirage,  pro-am, b-fly and hammer flies behind Stinger chips.  Marvs fatty, white green dot, black eye pea uv, pig pen and jacks pretty girl.

With the changing additions we have been fishing anywhere from 15 feet to 180 feet over the last week; the last few days 120 to 140 feet has been the best.


Oswego River report:

The CFS was at 4590 as of this morning.  This is a huge drop from the record highs we’ve seen the last few weeks. Temperatures have been in the upper to mid-70’s.  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 them have headed up to the dam where there are 3 to 500 kings at the base of the dam right now.
But with these flows, kings will be found from the 104 bridge all the way to the dam.

When fishing downstream of the powerhouse from the Highwall or low wall and between the bridges, the best technique is to cast deep dive and crank baits, such as thunder sticks, in brighter colors.  Another technique is to slow float fish.  Keep your bait a foot or two off bottom.  Pautzke fire cure in pink natural orange and red are go to colors. The skein bite will pick up as water temps drop, so right we recommend sticking with casting plugs.

Don’t be surprised if you encounter some warm water species this time of year as well.

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 480 as of this morning.  Although after the heavy rain, the CFS spiked to 530 at the time of writing this report.  Temperatures have been In the 60s and low 70s  And we expect that to stay the same.

This following report is courtesy of Captain Troy Creasy of High Adventure Guide Service.

The 2021 Salmon River season is off to a great start. Kings and coho salmon have been entering the river throughout the last week. Today there was a decent push through the bottom end and real good reports have come out of the DSR and staircase areas.

There has not been a major run of fish yet, but it has been steady and for this early in September I would rate the fishing as  “good.”  It looks like we have a big West blow coming and that could very well bring more fish into the tributary and the lower river over the next couple days.

With the crowds being light we are able to spend a portion of our day running side planners and Yakima flatfish.  The fish haven’t been very aggressive but we did find a few willing to snap.

The other part of our days we spend drifting Flies through the pinch points at the heads and tails of several pools.  A light green to olive colored Estas fly have proved successful.  We’ve also had a few hook ups on chartreuse and purple.

The crowds will be showing up soon so if you can get out now, you’ll be able to enjoy some good fishing and style points at the same time.  Tight lines!


Oneida Lake report:

The lake is starting to enter transition mode.  Soon the walleye will start showing up along the shoreline at night where anglers can target them from shore or wading out.

For now, most boats are catching them in about 30’ feet of water.  Stick baits are a “go-to” this time of year.  Check out our website for more information on charters.

The bass are another species which size and quantity shouldn’t be underestimated.  With an average depth of 22’, bass can be caught throughout most of the lake.  We recommend first-timers who are targeting bass to try the mouth of the Oneida River as well, since it’s easy to identify where the cover is.