Fishing Reports for September 21, 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:
After being very low last Friday, the river level is up to 1,710cfs this afternoon. We received a good amount of rain on Saturday and temperatures have cooled off significantly. Anglers are fishing at the dam for salmon, brown trout and steelhead. Skein and smack beads are working well. There should be better action from the wall within the next week or so.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Our first trip on the river was Saturday and it was slow. The water temperature was still too warm. Heavier rain moved through the area Saturday night bringing in some much cooler temperatures. We should begin to see some action.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Saturday was the last day of scheduled lake trips and it was very productive. Kings, cohos and even lake trout were active. We caught some dark kings plus a few bright ones. They bit strong all day.

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 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:
Fly/flasher combinations and cut bait have been working for the anglers still working the waters off the Salmon River. The cooler temperatures and the rain last weekend have brought the bite in to 40-60 feet of water.

Salmon River:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Today’s fishing has been a continuation of the pattern we have experienced over the past several days. No “off the hook” fishing but sufficient numbers of fish to occupy and satisfy our fishermen. Most of the action has been in the middle to upper sections of the run and mornings have proved to be the most productive. A few chrome steelhead as well as a few brown trout were reported today. Water flow from the reservoir remains at 350cfs and is 423cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The majority of anglers we spoke with on Sunday reported having a slow day. The anglers who fished RT2A, 81 Hole, Ballpark, and Longbridge /Staircase said they saw and hooked a few fish early in the morning but overall it was slow. In the upper end of the river anglers have been having some action in the Upper and Lower Fly Zones with black or olive woolly buggers and stoneflies producing the best results.

The annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House will take place Saturday, September 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions have not changed much on the lake. The bite continues to be slow likely due to the abundance of gizzard shad. For those anglers still on the lake, look in 30 feet of water for walleye. Anglers are also finding a few smallmouth bass.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is no activity to report on the pond.