Fishing Reports for July 30, 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 level has been all over the chart over the last few days running from 8,000cfs to below 1,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 3,250cfs. The activity in the river remains about the same. The dam is producing smallmouth bass, sheepshead and panfish. Worms, crayfish and minnows are working well. The area near the powerhouse continues to see activity with walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish and rockbass. Minnows, crayfish, worms and leeches are suggested baits.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Salmon fishing has really picked up the last week. Salmon can be found from 120-450 feet of water. Most fish are being caught from 60-120 feet down. Coppers in 350-600 feet have been the most productive presentation.
Flasher fly combos in chrome or white trailing A-TOM-MIK flies in hammer, glo green, and mirage variations are working well. Meat rigs have also been productive; white attractors have been the best. Spoons have also been good in a variety of colors.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
The salmon action has been good in the deep water from 200-500 off of Oswego. The charter fleet has taken nice catches of king salmon from 70-110 down on echips, spin doctors, and stingray stingers; off of riggers, wire divers and copper rigs. Charter boats figured out the strong currents produced the best. Try to stay away from boats, look for bait and cover water for the best action. Recently caught king salmon were the largest of the season so far.

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. 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 salmon fishing continues to be good in the 100-120 foot range down about 100 feet from the surface.
Flashers and flies along with cut bait and spoons are working well with some nice size fish being taken. Lake trout could be found in 100-120 feet of water fishing along the bottom using cowbells and peanuts. Brown trout can be found in more shallow water in the 70-foot range. Bass fishing has been very good in 15-20 feet of water with worms, minnows and crayfish.

Salmon River:
The water is continuing to run at 185cfs. Activity is fairly quiet on the river at this time of year however a few brown trout have been caught.

Oneida Lake report:
The action on the lake has slowed down some. With the very warm weather the water temperature has risen dropping the oxygen levels and typically this makes the fish a bit sluggish. Anglers are finding a few walleye in the 30-40 foot water depth. Worm harnesses and jigs tipped with nightcrawlers are suggested bait. Look for smallmouth bass near the shoals with crankbaits and tube jigs.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The warm temperatures have produced some thick weed growth and as usual for this time of year there is not much activity on the pond.