Oswego Fishing Report: Oswego River & Lake Ontario (10/3/19)

Oswego River

Flow - 2,700 CFS

Temp - 66.7 Degrees F

The Oswego River is relatively warm for this time of year and it has prolonged the first major run of king salmon. With rain, overcast during the day, and cold nights in the forecast, we anticipate the river temp with drop below 65 degrees by the weekend and the salmon fishing should heat up quick. Conditions are lining up nicely for a killer weekend of salmon fishing on the Oz. 

Most salmon being caught in the Oswego River this fall have either been at the dam or off the high wall. Anglers at the dam are having their best luck in the morning on Kings with a few Steelhead and Browns mixed in. There have also been a handful of Cohos and Atlantics caught, but they are few and far between. Egg sacs, skein, beads, marabou jigs and soft plastic eggs are commonly used by anglers bottom bouncing or float fishing below the dam. The high wall has been more about skein under a slip float than plugs so far, but both means of fishing will pick up significantly as this water temp drops into the lower 60s. Cured salmon skein under a slip float has taken the most legal fish off the wall this fall. Slip float fishing with a bead or egg sac has been productive at times when fresh pods of salmon are pushing up river, but the scent trail from skein has been enticing these salmon to bite the most under the given conditions.

Lake Ontario & Oswego Harbor

Although most king salmon anglers have shifted their attention to fishing in the tributaries, a majority of the kings are still in the lake. So, trolling the lake and or harbor can still present anglers with a great opportunity to target salmon from a boat. Those fishing the harbor have provided mixed reports over the past few weeks, some days the fish are stacking up and biting, some days there are few salmon marked at all.

Trolling lures in the harbor is a proven tactic for catching salmon, yet some anglers are doing better while casting spoons and plugs. If the kings are schooled up and active then vertical jigging and skein under a float can produce bites in the harbor also. King salmon are abundant in the Oswego Harbor throughout the entire fall run, fishing out there will improve as we get further into October and water temps drop.

The Oz Bait & Tackle

Oz Angling is hosting a Salmon Fishing Tournament off the wall this Saturday and there is still spots open to sign up before the 30 team cap is filled up. Click this link to review tournament details and sign up. 

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