Fishing Reports for August 16, 2013

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Fall LOC Derby – August 15 through September 1

Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has been running between 4,000-7,000cfs for the last few days. This morning the flow is down to 3,080cfs. There are a few salmon reported at the dam but no big run as yet. Anglers are finding smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish, sheephead and carp throughout the river along with an occasional walleye. Suggested baits include minnows, worms, crayfish and stickbaits. Remember 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.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
Salmon are starting to show up and pre-stage off of Oswego. Fish were taken on Monday in 120-180 feet of water, down 90-120 feet. They are taking cutbait, echips, paddles and slashers. There were some reports of fly bites, mostly glow colors. Also 500 copper, dipsy divers and riggers are all working. Another weather front passed through with wind and waves up to six feet on the lake on Wednesday. Conditions have settled down with light winds expected for the weekend.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:
This has been a windy year! Yesterday was another blow-off day with winds at 30 knots. So what did we do? We went carp fishing on the Oswego River. Slower than normal as they don’t like cold fronts but we managed to get the attention of a few with dough balls.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Early this week the salmon had moved into the bay from just off the mouth of the Salmon River up to Sandy Pond. They were active in 115-130 feet of water down near 115 feet from the surface. Mid week saw more wind with conditions too rough to fish. However the lake has settled down with beautiful weather and light winds expected for the weekend.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Monday night’s rain seemed to get a few fish moving early yesterday. One nice silvery hen responded to a #6 chartreuse ripple crush egg. After a fast and furious battle she was landed, quickly revived and released to make her way upstream. Just before a front was going through things quickly cooled off but after a soaking thunderstorm passed with a gusty west wind, a guest and his sons had groups of 1-2 fish moving past them every 20 minutes or so. Thursday our guests reported that a handful of fish were on the move first thing in the morning and a few aggressive fish were caught. Overall the fishing slowed down compared to Wednesday.

Oneida Lake report:
Mother Nature’s wind machine has been operating again this week making fishing conditions difficult but the weekend looks beautiful with warmer temperatures and light winds. Look for bass in the Big Bay area, however, the walleye bite has been difficult to find. Black and purple bucktail jigs, worms, minnows and blade baits are working well. For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is not a lot of action to report on the pond. The cooler temperatures this month and higher water have kept the weed growth down some making fishing a bit easier. Look for bass and pike activity early in the day and again toward evening.