Fishing Reports for July 23, 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 river flow has been low, between 1,000-2,000cfs, for the last couple of days. This afternoon it is running at 1600cfs. The construction is completed and the walkway to the dam is open. Anglers are finding sheepshead, some walleye and both catfish and smallmouth bass galore. Crayfish, nightcrawlers and minnows continue to be the baits of choice. 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 Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The lake fishing has been decent. Anglers are finding some salmon although they are spotty. Look in 200-300 feet of water down 40-50 feet from the surface early in the day. Later in the day, go down deep. Anglers are finding a few lake trout and a brown trout bite early in the morning. Flies and cutbait are working along with spoons.

According to the Harry Powers of Salmon Heaven Lodge:
We are in the salmon transition where they are around but not in great numbers just yet. Some days we have really good days and other days we get a few. There is still a decent brown trout bite so we can target them as well.

Salmon River/ Pulaski Area report:
Activity on the river is usually quiet this time of year.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There has been a fairly steady bite on the lake although the salmon are scattered. Look in 150 feet of water, down 80-110 feet from the surface, off Nine Mile Point. Flies and flashers are the choice of bait although spoons are working too. There is a good brown trout bite in 80 feet of water on spoons off Catfish. Lake trout have been active from the Salmon River north with cowbells and peanuts working well. The bass fishing continues to be a little slow in Mexico Bay. Minnows, crawfish and nightcrawlers are suggested bait.

Oneida Lake report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Reports are indicating that there is a steady walleye bite on jigs or worm harnesses pulled through the weeds along the shoreline. The deeper water, 30 foot range, is also producing some walleye with worm harnesses off bottom bouncers. Anglers are finding a few bass along the weed edges.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
With the weed growth, activity on the pond is slow. Anglers are finding an occasional bass or northern pike but overall the pond is quiet this time of year.