Fishing Reports for August 26, 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 again been up and down. Yesterday it dropped as low as 300cfs; this morning it is up to 1,370cfs.  Activity has not changed much. There are a few salmon moving into the river but it is very limited action. Smallmouth bass, panfish, catfish, sheephead and carp can be found throughout the river. 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:

The lake is producing some very nice size salmon. The current leader in the LOC Derby weighed in at 36.08 pounds. New fish added to the list over the weekend have put the top 20 in the salmon division are all over 32 pounds.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:

Salmon are off of Oswego in 80-120 feet of water, locked close to the bottom pre-staged in cold water and very stubborn. They are hitting on cutbait and flashers and echips, as well as flies. Divers and riggers and copper are the working applications. Copper is hard to use because of boat traffic. A few fish are in the river, but 77 degree water is keeping most of them in the lake!

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

On Sunday, at first light a handful of fish began blazing past a few guests and got their blood pumping. What seemed to be a decent pod turned out to be only a handful. That said, we spoke with many guests that got into at least a few fish today and they all seemed to be satisfied with the number of fish around for August. Off and on showers are in the forecast over the next day or two. We’ll see if anything comes of it.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake fishing was tremendous over the weekend as was the weather. Anglers found action in 60-80 feet of water early in the day off the Salmon River. By mid day work your way out to about 120 feet of water. Flies and flashers are the suggested bait.

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.