Fishing Reports for September 5, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water flow has been up and down between 7,000 and 2,000cfs over the last few days. This morning it is running at 3,230cfs. There has not been much of any salmon activity to report in the river as yet. Hopefully, the change in weather with cooler temperatures especially tonight will spark a run. Remember 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.

Lake Ontario report:
The LOC derby is over and the 36.08 pound leader held on for the top spot. The top five places weighed in at the 34-35 pound range. There are some nice size fish this year. However we need the weather to cooperate. After a slow weekend, the lake is now settling down from a three-day blow. With cooler temperatures for a few days, we expect the salmon to make their way toward the river. Look for updates as we receive them.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Since the weekend there has been no report on the lake fishing. We have been in the so called “three-day blow” with no anglers on the lake. Conditions appear to be settling down this morning so we will have to wait for reports. Chances are we will see a good number of salmon off the mouth of the river. With the cool night last night there reportedly is some action from the estuary working up into the river this morning. Flies, imitation eggs and real eggs are the bait of choice. The river flow is currently 335cfs.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Wednesday the fishing improved slightly after a couple of quieter days. However, for our guests fishing the estuary by boat, conditions improved quite a bit. A few good pods of fresh kings were sighted roaming the flat water and our guests saw steady action. This morning had all the right conditions for another pod to start its journey up the river and that’s exactly what we’re seeing. A fresh pod in the estuary yesterday along with a cold rainy night combined for some great early morning action. “Everyone is hooked-up around me” one guest reported. Another has told us a small pod of cohos has begun their typical up and down routine.

Oneida Lake report:
The fishing on the lake has varied depending on what you are looking for. When the weather has cooperated (very windy the last couple of days), anglers have reported a decent perch bite with Big Bay being a good place to try. Walleye have been very slow responding to bait. Smallmouth bass are active in various areas across the lake. For the new downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at N

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is very little activity to report on the pond which is typical for this time of year.