Fishing Reports for August 20, 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:
After dropping to 800cfs yesterday the river has risen to 4,060 this morning. Anglers are finding bass, sheepshead, catfish and a few walleye all on crayfish and minnows. There are no salmon to report as yet.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
Salmon fishing in Oswego has been very quiet for over a week. Bait fish is mostly non-existent along the eastern basin. Hopefully things will change. The best catches of King salmon have been taken over 600 feet of water by a few boats. Some nice catches of brown trout have been taken between Four Mile Point and Bayshore on small spoons, down 70-85 feet over 100-110 feet of water. Cover water and keep the water fleas off your lines.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
The tough fishing has continued the last few days. Only so many bites a trip and you hope they stay on. We are starting to see some stagers showing up so hopefully better days are ahead.
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:
After several days of very warm and humid weather it seems a change is on its way. Once storms pass through later today which are expected to produce heavy rainfall, the temperatures for the area will be in low to upper 70s over the next several days. Up to this point, the salmon have been scattered in deep water but there appears to be a good number of them. Hopefully this weather change will prompt some good fishing action. Anglers are finding a brown trout bite in 80-90 feet of water over toward Nine Mile Point.

Salmon River:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
In terms of the weather, it has been a hot week. Good fishing – not so much. The anglers that fished the run on Wednesday had limited success and there were no fish (salmon, that is) spotted on the run. Low water levels and high water temperatures did not lend themselves to ideal fishing conditions. Water flow is still 185 at the powerhouse and 245 at Pineville but that could change with the heavy rain predicted for later today.

Oneida Lake report:
The lake has seen a major algal bloom over the last few days. The walleye bite continues to be slow but a few are being taken in that 30-40 foot water depth. 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.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
As is typical this time of year, the activity on the pond is fairly quiet.