Fishing Reports for August 21, 2014

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 water level has been below 4,000cfs for the last three days. This morning it is flowing at 7,350cfs. There are no salmon reported in the river at this time. Due to the weather pattern we have had we will likely be waiting a bit longer for their arrival. Anglers are finding some bass, catfish and sheepshead using crayfish and minnows. 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. Andy Bliss of Chasin Tail Adventures:
The salmon activity has improved after the wind last week. The last three days it has been on fire in 350-600 feet of water down 120-175 feet. Flies and spoons are working well. We reached our three-man limit yesterday morning with fish weighing in up to 22 pounds.

According to Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters:
We saw some good action this morning. We had a nice box of nine by 9:30 a.m.

Salmon River/ Pulaski Area report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
A handful of season pass holders did make their way down to the run on Tuesday. Most just wanted to check things out and a few were itching to test out new spey gear. No salmon were spotted in the river even though the water had cleared since Monday. Apparently, a few salmon were watched jumping in the estuary above the Route 3 bridge. The water flow will continue at 1,500 cfs through tonight and water temperatures increased slightly to 66 degrees. Rain is in the forecast again today; how much we receive will likely determine the water flow for the rest of the week.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Reports are indicating there are salmon in the area but the activity it is spotty and deep. Anglers are fishing 180 feet below the surface in deep water using flies and flashers and spoons.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Over the last couple of days we’ve had calm conditions on the lake and the boats have been able to get out. The salmon fishing has started to pick up on the lake and yesterday fish were caught on a mix of spoons, flasher/fly and cut bait rigs.

Oneida Lake report:
The wind has been less of a factor this week and anglers have been able to get on the water. Some walleye continue to be taken in about 30 feet of water. Suggested applications are stickbaits, blade baits and bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawlers. Areas around the shoals and the shallow waters along the shoreline are producing some bass.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is very little activity on the pond at this time.