Fishing Reports for July 17, 2013

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With little rainfall the past several days the water flow has dropped to just over 4,000cfs.  This level makes it possible to fish all along the river. Look for bass, walleye, sheepshead and panfish using crayfish, leeches, worms and minnows. 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 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 dead calm water and high sun haven’t spooked the salmon much. Dipsy divers set out early at number three, 240 feet out with echips and Familiar Bite cut bait are taking some nice King salmon. Drop divers about ten feet every half hour to stay in the fish. The best troll is in 200-400 feet of water, north and south. The water fleas are terrible. Check lines often.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:

The last few days have provided some nice catches of salmon. Along with the size, we are finding beautiful bright chrome fish.

Port Ontario report:

According to Capt. Harry Powers of Salmon Heaven Lodge:

On Monday we started looking for salmon with not much luck. We went one for one with a nice 20 pounder. We turned our attention to lakers and got into the thick of them. We landed several with each angler keeping one and releasing the others. We ended the day looking for Kings but with no success in the bright sunlight. They are getting closer as there is action reported just west of Oswego Harbor.

Oneida Lake report:

The fishing continues to be good on the lake but with this hot weather fishing early in the day and into the evening seems to be the best times. Anglers are finding bass and walleye in Big Bay and near Lewis Point. Look in a variety of depths but trolling in 20-30 feet of water across the lake has been successful. A variety of baits are working including jigs, worms and minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing on the pond has been good. Anglers are finding walleye and panfish such as bluegills along with a few perch. With the stretch of hot weather we have had, early in the day and into the evening when the sun is less intense have been most productive.