Water level: 4,080 CFS
Water temp: 69 Degrees
The Oswego River has seen a lot of king salmon since September 1st when they started entering the system, we've been impressed by the number of fish for the first three weeks of the run. We experienced a decline in the quality of salmon fishing around the 15th with lower than average flows and warm weather, but the rain we received a couple days ago caused the river level to rise and new fish entered the river in good numbers yesterday.
With the river temp at 69 degrees this morning, salmon fishing off the wall remains challenging most of the time, yet, the bite has turned on at given times when fresh fish push up river. There are plenty of fish along the wall, downstream of the powerhouse, although they are still tough to catch because they aren't so aggressive to bite with relatively warm water. We need to see that river temp drop to 65-66 degrees for these kings to start snapping more often. Anglers fishing off the wall having been catching salmon with skein under slip floats and with Deep Diving Thundersticks. The AM has been the most productive time to fish the wall.
With more fresh kings moving into the Oswego River as of yesterday due to the rise in water level, anglers at the Varick Dam are enjoying some great salmon fishing over the past couple days. Plenty of anglers are pulling out three king limits with only a few browns and steelhead mixed in. Egg sacs, beads, soft plastic eggs, marabou jigs, and skein have all been used to catch salmon at the dam lately. Pink, green and red have been hot colors. Remember that you do need to wear a USCG approved life jacket to wade below the Varick Dam on the Oswego River.
There is more rain in the forecast for Thursday this week, which we think should keep the water levels at a good flow for the weekend and could also pull more fish in. With how many salmon are in the river right now and some rain coming Thursday, the fishing will be decent at the very least this weekend as there will be plenty of fish in the river to play with.
Lake Ontario & Oswego Harbor
Fishing in and around the Oswego Harbor has been good for kings lately. Some days are much better than others though as the kings seem to move in and out of the harbor on a day to day basis. Sometimes the fish are stacking up around the mouth, other days boaters are not marking many fish. The harbor is only a few degrees cooler than the river at 67 degrees so it can still be challenging to get these kings to strike, even if they are schooled up in big numbers. The morning bite has been the most consistent in the harbor for guys trolling and or casting lures. Moonshine Glow Spoons, Deep Diving Thundersticks, J-plugs, Meat Rigs with cut bait, and flasher/flies are all producing fish in the harbor and lake. For anglers willing to make the trip out to deep water, silver kings are abundant in 500 FOW and beyond still.
The yellow perch bite is happening right now in the Oswego River and Oswego Harbor. Most anglers are using fathead minnow or worms. Don't ask specifics about where they are, because they move. They are around, go find em'.