Fishing Reports for July 3, 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:

The water flow has been running between 9,000 – 13,000cfs for the last few days. This morning it is at exactly 12,000cfs. This high flow makes many areas along the river unfishable. Suggested areas are along the river walks. 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:

A few charter boats got out on Tuesday after Monday’s blow off with the northeast wind. Everything was “iced” out Monday and the thermocline was gone. There are reports of a few King salmon being caught on leadcore and riggers down 50 feet. Spoons and echips are hit and miss as fish are scattered. The lake needs to heal and stabilize, hopefully by the weekend. Lake trout are on the bottom taking peanuts and cowbells. No brown trout reported from anyone.



Salmon River report:

The river is fairly quiet this time of year. The water flow is currently running at 1000cfs. Planned flows for Saturday and Sunday will be 750cfs, whitewater release.

Port Ontario report:

The fishing on the eastern end of the lake has picked up a bit with some nice size King salmon moving in. It is not fast and furious but the size is making up for a slower pace. A few brown trout have also been reported.  There has been a good perch bite just off the Salmon River on fathead minnows and night crawlers. Look for bass in Mexico Bay in 15-20 feet of water with minnows and soft shelled crabs being the choice of bait.

Oneida Lake report:

The fishing on Oneida Lake has been very good. Nice catches of walleyes have been reported with many limit catches taken. Areas across the lake have been active as the fish seem to be on the move. So if you don’t find success, move around; they are there. Anglers are also finding large and smallmouth bass and perch. Black and purple bucktail jigs and worm harnesses along with worms and minnows are working well.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing on the pond has been decent. Anglers are finding some panfish and a few walleye. The most active fishery on the pond is largemouth bass right now. The higher water level is good for the bass bite and plastic worms, Texas rig worms and spinner baits are getting their attention.