Fishing Reports for August 21, 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 up and down between 1,000-5,000cfs for the last few days. This morning the flow is down to 2,470cfs. There continues to be a few salmon reported at the dam but no real increase in activity 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:
The temperature is starting to straighten in the near shore area in 100-200 feet of water. Cutbait, echips, slashers and spin doctors and flies are taking some fish 110-135 feet down on riggers and 320-340 number two setting on dipseys. White color early and bright colors in the sun.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:
Unless the wind blows again, the salmon should be here to stay! We had an easy 4-man limit and back to the dock on Tuesday with two bins full.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The lake fishing is on fire with the consistent weather pattern we have been experiencing. Anglers are finding fish in 95-150 feet of water down 100 feet from the surface in that deeper range. Downriggers, flies and flashers, cutbait and a few spoons are getting the work done. There is no build up of fish in the estuary but they are passing through with fish being reported up through the village of Pulaski.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Guests enjoyed some fantastic salmon fishing this past weekend. Good numbers of primarily wild king salmon (no adipose fin clips) were on the move nearly all day on Saturday and Sunday. The fishing continued to be good or even better into the first of the week. Apparently a few cohos are in the mix and the fish have been aggressive. Pink or chartreuse comets #6; white, red, or purple popsicles #6; articulated bunny leaches in black or olive #4, and a variety of egg patterns have all been effective.

Oneida Lake report:
After a tough week on the lake with the wind, Mother Nature has cooperated with a stretch of beautiful weather and good fishing conditions this week. There has been a walleye bite in deeper water 25-30 feet with bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawler working well. Look for yellow perch in with the walleye taking minnows. Look for diving birds, a good sign of gizzard shad and you will likely find some bass. For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at N

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The pond is typically quiet this time of year. Anglers are finding some bass and northern pike activity.