Fishing Reports for September 30, 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:
With the rain the area has received in the last day or two, the water level has gone from 1,600cfs in the last report to 7,770cfs this afternoon. Much cooler temperatures arrived with the rain so this will likely move some fish around in the river. Salmon, brown trout and steelhead have been active at the dam. Skein and smack beads are working well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Over the last couple of days we have not been crushing them but we have gotten into some fish. Fish hard and they will come. One of our anglers caught a nice long-nose gar on Saturday. Yesterday a young granddaughter showed her grandfather how it’s done. Five minutes in she hooks and lands the first one of the trip. We pulled out a good day with tough conditions. The water level has spiked with more rain on the way.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Salmon fishing on the lake has been good. Northeast winds have brought cold water into the Oswego Harbor attracting many salmon. Spoons, j plugs and flashers have been taking fish. Since they are so high you won’t mark many but they are there. Use 8-10 feet on downriggers, 2-3 color leadcore and dipsy divers 20-50 feet out.
When conditions are good this is a great time to get out a small boat and chase big kings!

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.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
With the torrential rains last night, there are still a good number of cohos making their way through the run as well as a trickle of kings. Most of our anglers were into fish today and a considerable number were brought to hand. This morning started well at the lower and middle portions of the river, while all portions of the Run continued to fish well for the remainder of the day. We are expecting light rains and overcast skies for the remainder of today. Water flows at the Salmon River Reservoir and Pineville will be 350 and 548 CFS, respectively.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Yesterday the anglers we spoke with who fished the DSR reported getting into mostly cohos along with a few kings and the best action seemed to be in the mid to upper end of the run. Anglers we have staying in the motel who fished the Ballpark, Staircase/Longbridge and Black Hole also reported getting into a few cohos and the occasional king. Anglers in the Upper & Lower Fly Zones have reported getting into a mix of kings, cohos, browns and Atlantics while using natural colored streamers or single egg patterns.

Oneida Lake report:
Rain and much cooler temperatures have arrived so hopefully that will spark a walleye bite. In the meantime, conditions on the lake remain the same. With the abundance of gizzard shad the bite has been slow and there isn’t much action to report.

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