Fishing Reports for August 12, 2015

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The river level has been up to 4,500cfs and as low as 700cfs over the last few days. This morning it is running at 2,430cfs. The activity in the river remains about the same. The dam is producing smallmouth bass, sheepshead and panfish. Worms, crayfish and minnows are working well. The area near the powerhouse continues to see activity with walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish and rockbass. Minnows, crayfish, worms and leeches are suggested baits.

Lake Ontario report:
Conditions have varied over the last week or so on the lake. We have had warm temperatures, cooler temperatures, calm waters and days with a stiff wind. These add up to salmon being scattered and a tough bite.
Temperatures are forecasted to warm up for the weekend with light winds. Salmon are being found over 150-450 feet of water with flashers and flies, cut-bait and spoons working well. Anglers are finding a few lake trout in 120 feet of water with cowbells and peanuts.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Scattered kings are making it tough lately. If you land on them first light you have a good day.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. 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.

Pulaski Area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The wind has again been a factor over the last few days. The salmon are scattered and the bite has been slow. The weather forecasters are calling for a return to very summer-like temperatures for the weekend and through much of next week. This should help to spur the salmon action. Anglers looking for lake trout have found some activity in 150 feet of water north of Port Ontario. Bass anglers are finding a good bite in 20 feet of water off Mexico Point and Catfish Creek when conditions are good.

Salmon River:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The fishermen that spent the day on the run yesterday did not report seeing any of our “long awaited guests.” We have had a few salmon sightings over the past few days but not a lot of activity. A few bass still provided some entertainment but not truly what was hoped for. Water flow remains at 185cfs at the dam and 229cfs at Pineville. We would love to see some rainfall and a little surge in the water.

Oneida Lake report:
The fishing has been a bit tough on the lake. The bite has been slow and the wind has made for difficult conditions at times. Look for smallmouth bass near the shoals and there has been some schooling activity in the deeper water. Tube jigs and stickbaits are working well. Anglers are finding a few walleye in the 30-40 foot water depth. Worm harnesses and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are suggested bait.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The warm temperatures have produced some thick weed growth and as usual for this time of year there is not much activity on the pond.