Fishing Reports for July 5, 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 is running at 12,400cfs as of this morning. 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:

The lake is finally healing after the northeast blow this past Monday. Good water is out in front of the harbor and to the east. There is cold water from the harbor toward Nine Mile Creek west of Oswego. Brown trout are being taken from Bayshore to the high rocks past the nuclear plant, 15-25 feet down on riggers and four color leadcore. King salmon are coming in 130-140 feet of water, down 45-65 feet down with cutbait, spoons and attractors and flies. We took a nice 28 pound King Thursday morning. It was a great 4th of July fireworks display on a dipsy! Lake trout can be found on the bottom in 130 feet of water.

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.

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