Fishing Reports for June 19, 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 recent rainfall is affecting the water flow with the river running at 18,200cfs this morning. There is an area behind the powerhouse that was recently opened up to fishing. Anglers will find walleye, sheepshead, smallmouth, catfish, rockbass and long-nosed gar in this spot. The remaining areas of the river are quiet. Bass season opens on Saturday, June 20. Minnows, crayfish, worms, and leeches are the baits of choice. Rock bass are in near Wright’s Landing.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
The waters outside of the Oswego are starting to go into the June transition period. Brown trout can still be found in 20-50 feet of water but they are very spread out. Best tactic is to spread your baits out within the water column from the surface to the bottom. Leadcore has been very effective. Spoons in natural colors have been best for me. Stingers and stingray sizes have been good in UV tux, black wiggler, emerald shiner and when the sun is up brighter patterns. An offshore bite is beginning to start. Lakers, with a few steelhead kings and browns mixed in. In the 80-350 foot range there is no real concentration.

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The lake fishing for brown trout has been good this week early in the morning. Anglers have found a good bite east of the harbor in 10-40 feet of water with spoons and stickbaits working well. There is very little salmon action at this point but hopefully that will change over the next couple of weeks.
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:
Salmon River:
The river level has dropped to 400cfs however things are fairly quiet along the river this time of year.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is nothing new to report. The wind direction changes about every other day leaving us with a very unsettled lake pattern. Bass season opens tomorrow and should be targeted in fairly shallow water. Live bait, jigs, trolling stickbaits – just about any application will work for bass. Look for brown trout off the Salmon River down to Selkirk Shores State Park. Look in 30-50 feet of water with stickbaits working well. Anglers are finding a few lake trout in 90-100 feet of water off the high rocks near Nine Mile Point. There has been very little salmon activity.

Oneida Lake report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The activity has not changed much on Oneida Lake. The cloudy, rainy weather is holding the water temperature down a bit. Anglers are finding a good walleye bite near the drop offs using worm harnesses and shad raps. Bass season opens tomorrow with live bait and trolling stickbaits suggested applications.

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.