Fishing Reports for June 23, 2016

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
June 25-26 is free fishing weekend in NYS. No fishing license is required.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Just when things are looking tough with very few kings around they show up. Great day on the water with many salmon locked up. We have big browns around right now but no numbers on the down side. Seems like our two-year old browns “3-6 pound fish” are not here in any numbers this year. 30-50 feet of water is the most active water depth. Laker trout fishing is definitely slowing up due to the large numbers taken out of our area.

Oswego River report
After dropping below 500cfs yesterday, the water flow is up to 1,100cfs this morning. Bass season opened on Saturday with anglers finding a few. Walleyes are active but small in size with only a handful of keepers reported. Anglers are also finding sheepshead and catfish. Worms, minnows and stickbaits are working well.

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 www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report along the top bar on the home page. 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 Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
Fishing from the Little Salmon River to the high rocks continues to produce brown trout in 25 to 40 feet of water. The best bait for the browns has been the Michigan Stinger standard UV gator. Lake trout have been active out in 160 feet of water.

Salmon River:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Monday we had two anglers on the DSR. Together they brought over a dozen smallmouth bass to hand. The water temperature was 68F at 6 a.m. with the water flow at 185cfs. Yesterday a father and son spent much of the day on the run catching several smallmouth bass all in the 12-14 inch range. No monster smallies but it was still a great day.

Oneida Lake report:
According to Bartel Road Bait & Tackle:
Walleyes have been caught in 20-28 feet of water with blade baits and a jig tipped with a nightcrawler working well. Also worm harnesses drifted along and over the weeds in 12-18 feet of water have been successful. The bass seem to be in all phases – some are still spawning, some are post spawn. There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong water depth. Smallmouths are being caught on minnows and crayfish; largemouths are hitting frog baits and plastics in the shallows in less than 8 feet of water.