Fishing Reports for July 24, 2015

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 has been up and down between 4,000-6,000cfs over the last few days. It is currently running at 4,160cfs this morning. Anglers are finding the area near the powerhouse active with walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish and rockbass. Suggested baits are minnows, crayfish, worms, and leeches. The dam is also seeing some action with smallmouth bass, sheepshead, and panfish taking worms, crayfish and minnows. Oswego’s Harborfest is taking place this weekend so expect additional boat traffic on the river and in the harbor.

Lake Ontario report:
Lake conditions have been difficult for a couple of days this week. They have settled down and waves are predicted to be 2 feet or less through the weekend. Active patterns are just setting up but it is likely the action may be a bit deeper, 100-300 feet of water, as the thermocline likely dropped with the recent west wind. Applications include 200-300 feet of copper, five colors of leadcore, dipsey divers and downriggers.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Yesterday we had the best king bite of the season. It is great to see a bunch of adults around. The west wind has concentrated them for a few days.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Wednesday was quite the day after two days of rough waters. We had two trips with lots of action all day.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Pulaski Area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The lake fishery has really livened up over the last 10 days. Conditions on the lake were difficult Tuesday and Wednesday with the wind but conditions have settled down. The wind likely drove the thermocline a little deeper – in the 120 foot range. Flashers and flies along with cut bait and spoons are working well. Lake trout could be found in 100-120 feet of water using cowbells and peanuts. Bass fishing has been very good in 15-20 feet of water with worms, minnows and crayfish.

Salmon River:
The water has dropped to 185cfs through this evening. Activity is fairly quiet on the river at this time of year.

Oneida Lake report:
The walleye fishing continues to be good on the lake. Look for activity in 30-40 feet, with trolled worm harnesses and crankbaits working well. Look for bass in up to 10 feet of water with crankbaits and tube jigs.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
With the hot weather we had for several days the weed growth has become very thick and as usual for this time of year there is not much activity on the pond.