Fishing Reports for June 12, 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 level dropped over the weekend but is up again to 15,000cfs this afternoon. Significant rain in the area has increased the level. This makes shore fishing very difficult along the river. When conditions allow, look for walleye from the railroad bridge north and smallmouth bass throughout the river. Remember bass are catch and release only until June 20. Nightcrawlers, leeches and stickbaits remain the baits of choice. Rock bass are in near Wright’s Landing.

Lake Ontario report:
Weather conditions have made fishing a bit difficult this week with wind and fog. When boats have been able to get out anglers are finding brown trout in about 50 feet of water with stickbaits. Lake trout are active in 100-200 feet of water and steelhead are being taken in that deeper 200-foot depth. The salmon have been scattered although there are reports of some activity this week.

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 brown trout bite continues from off the mouth of the Salmon River down to Selkirk Shores State Park in 30-50 feet of water. Lake trout are active toward Nine Mile Point. Look for them in 90-100 feet of water off the high rocks. Browns are responding to trolled stickbaits and lakers are taking cowbells and peanuts.

Salmon River:
The river level is very high at 1500cfs making most areas of the river difficult to fish at this time.

Oneida Lake report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The fishing on Oneida Lake has been decent. Typically the lake sets up in June and July for good fishing but with the cloudy weather we have had, this seems to be lagging behind a bit. The water temperature is not up to where it typically is this time of year. Anglers are finding a good walleye bite near the drop offs using worm harnesses and shad raps. Bass are on a catch and release basis until the season opens on June 20.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Not having had a great deal of hot weather as yet, the weed growth is not as issue on the pond. The walleye bite has been good using Rapalas on top. Anglers are also finding some bluegills near the weed beds.