Fishing Reports for June 30, 2011

This report a courtesy of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level has been running at about 10,000cfs for several days. Yesterday it dropped to about 6,000 and this morning is running at 5,500cfs. This is a perfect flow. Anglers are finding a variety of fish including walleye, sheephead, carp, pike and smallmouth bass throughout the river. Crayfish, minnows, worms and leeches are working well. A few sturgeons have also been caught but we want to remind you that possession of this species is absolutely illegal. Immediate release is required. Look for panfish between Locks 6 and 7 and bass, catfish and panfish are being found by the Minetto bridge. Rockbass, bluegills, perch and crappies are being taken near the floating dock by the blue crane at Wright’s Landing and in front of Breitbeck Park near a blue crane with minnows, spikes, worms and tube jigs. Flatrock is producing bass, walleye and panfish.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The best bite this week on the open waters of Lake Ontario is still brown trout. Work 60 to 80 feet of water. Remember, brown trout have no problem surviving in 60 to 70 degree water, so don’t think you always have to fish the cold water to find them. Dreamweaver spoons in the Dirty White boy, Coyote, Glow frog and Dolphin patterns are taking our fish. Smallmouth Bass are providing great action from Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake. White and yellow spinnerbaits as well as shallow diving crankbaits are working well. There are a few more salmon being caught each day in the eastern basin which is typical for this time of year. It is generally July before we see good numbers of Chinooks. Work the deeper water, 130 to 300 feet. Find the cold temperature, 40 to 50 degrees and concentrate your spread there. Troll flashers with atomic flies at 2.3 to 3.0 mph. NK magnum spoons in Black green glow have been taking some nice fish as well.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

After yesterday’s wind and rough water, it will likely take a day or two to determine the best fishing location. Earlier in the week the brown trout bite was very good in 40-60 feet of water and they will likely still be in that range.

The brown trout bite continues to be good on Lake Ontario. Anglers are finding some nice size browns in 30-50 feet of water with spoons off the downriggers working well. The bass season is off to a slow start with some activity being reported in the rivers and streams. Minnows, nightcrawlers and crayfish are suggested baits.

Salmon River:

The water level is currently running at 185cfs. The river generally quiet this time of year but you may find a few Atlantic salmon in the upper end of the river along with a Skamania or two.

Oneida Lake report

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The walleye fishing has really picked up on Oneida Lake. Some of the fish have moved deep and others have taken shelter in the heavy weeds in 8 to 15 FOW. Your best bet is to fish the deeper water, 28-40 ft., next to any structure. Jigs tipped with night crawlers and small trolled stickbaits are working well.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The pike fishing on Sandy Pond is steady but you have to work for them. Pan fish are still providing good action around the shoreline.