Fishing Reports for July 9, 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 water flow has dropped to 8,600cfs as of this morning. There is some rain expected later today but the weekend looks sunny and dry until later on Sunday. Anglers will find walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar up near the powerhouse. The remaining areas of the river are quiet. Minnows, crayfish, worms, and leeches are the baits of choice. Rock bass are in near Wright’s Landing.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
It appears that the eastern end of Lake Ontario, off of Oswego, is starting to form a thermocline and attract some baitfish to the area. Charter boats can choose early morning brown trout in 30-60 feet of water, east and west of the harbor in water tempertures of 58-62 degrees. Using spoons on riggers and leadcore is working well. If you dedicate your first light fishing to King salmon, start out in 150 feet of water and troll north until you find baitfish. Divers set from 160-240, number two setting with e-chips, glow white and green with short flies, 21-22 inches have taken a few mature Kings. Cover water and look for bait. Let’s hope that the weather stays stable to attract more of the “big silvers.”

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:
We are still waiting for a definite thermocline to set up to help concentrate the fish. There are some salmon and trout around but they are scattered. Bass fishing has been good in 10-12 feet of water. Live bait such as minnows and soft shelled crabs are working well.

Salmon River:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The water flow will be running at 500cfs through tomorrow evening. Anglers have reported a good smallmouth bass bite and some nice brown trout up to 16-18 inches.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions on the lake are settling down some. It would be wise to use caution when boating with debris possible in the lake from the high water. Anglers are finding a good walleye bite in 30-40 feet of water with worm harnesses and jerking blade baits 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:
There is a good deal of weed growth which is slowing the fishing on the pond. Anglers are finding a few walleye and smallmouth bass.