Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report – June 3, 2021

West Marine
Joel Spring gar
Joel Spring of Ransomville has been catching long nose gar in several Lake Ontario tributaries using a rope fly.

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

It is tournament week on Lake Ontario with the Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo Memorial 3-Fish/1-Fish Contest set for June 3 and the 36th Annual Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament set for June 4-5 out of Wilson and Olcott. Get ready to rumble! You do not have to be registered in the Pro-Am to fish in the Johannes/DeAngelo event and if you want more info give Mike Johannes a call at 523-1727. For the Pro-Am, check out for details. Getting information out of the captains has been tough if they are fishing in the tournament. One who did was Capt. Joe Oakes of SalmonBoy Charters who ran north and west of Olcott until he found warmer waters after the lake flipped following recent northeast winds. Targeting the top 40 feet with spoons, flasher-flies and stickbaits, he did well on a mix of fish earlier this week. That is as good as it gets from competitors. One captain who was not competing in the tournament is Capt. Bob Songin of Reel Excitement Charters. He reports that he did well on Coho salmon going into last weekend. Focus in the top 50 feet of water over 200-to-300-foot depths. His program was to use a Dreamweaver spin doctor in 6-inch size in orange with orange crush tape, rigged with an A-Tom-Mik blue hammer or TG fly. He would put out 10 colors of lead core line, one of each size off planer boards and one down the chute. He would run 2 divers, 1 on each side back 60 and 70 feet on a No. 3 setting with the same lead core set-up of DW flasher with flies. The riggers would be 100 to 120 feet down, where he would use meat behind a white on white 10-inch flasher with crushed glow on it. He would also run sliders on the riggers, either a Seasick Waddler or an orange Pirate 44. Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctors in Olcott says the harbors at Wilson and Olcott continue to be a mixed bag of rock bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, yellow perch, and the occasional bowfin.

Nick Sigler salmon
Nick Sigler of Ohio caught this Olcott salmon over the Memorial Day holiday fishing with with Capt. Joe Oakes of newfane.

Ted Terella steelhead
Ted Terella caught this 15-pound Lake Ontario steelhead while fishing with Capt. Matt Yablonsky out of Wilson.
Josh Dunkelberger walleye
Josh Dunkelberger of Olcott hit Broderick Park in the upper Niagara River over the holiday weekend and caught this 10-pound walleye on a jig.

In the upper Niagara River, some nice walleyes have been coming from the wall at Broderick Park at night according to Josh Dunkelberger of Olcott. Over the holiday weekend his biggest was a 31-inch 10 pound ‘eye he caught on a ¾ ounce chartreuse jig head rigged with a crystal glow plastic walleye assassin. Capt. Connor Cinelli of Grand Island reports that the bass fishing has been fantastic. Best areas have been around Beaver and Motor islands. Tube jigs and drop shots have been producing according to Cinelli. The water is super-clear so walleye action has been slow during the day. In the lower Niagara River, smallmouth bass, white bass, and a few trout have dominated the catch this week, but you had to work for them according to Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Adding to the fishing situation is the arrival of more moss, showing up a little bit early this year, and it will only get worse in the next week or two. The NYPA fishing platform had quite a bit of fishing pressure for the holiday weekend and fishing was tough for white bass, smallmouth, and carp. A few steelhead were also reported. From boats, Devil’s Hole has been the place for steelhead and the occasional lake trout, but numbers are dwindling. Downriver it is smallmouth bass keeping the catch consistent on Ned rigs and swim baits. Some walleyes at night casting plastics off the sanddocks.

National Fishing and Boating Week is June 5-13. This is a great opportunity to take a kid fishing! Speaking of kids fishing, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge has a unique fishing contest going on for kids from June 1-7. Check out the information on the refuge website. Also, The Wilson Conservation Club will be holding their kids contest June 19th from 8 a.m. to noon. For more info call Gary at 345-9769. Stay safe out there.

Oswego County

Report is Courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning

Oswego River Report

Spring and summer mean bass on the Oswego River. Anglers also target carp, walleye, and pan fish. Occasionally a summer run steelhead or Atlantic salmon is spotted in the mix too.
Our recommendation for walleye is to fish on the west side, between the two bridges, especially at night. Most walleye setups will get the job done.

Please check our website for the current CFS, and check back in mid-August for the fall salmon report.

Please Consider the Following Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on 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 at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure

Click here for the current water flow

Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on 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 at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River Report:

Things are certainly winding down as far as drop backs go. Water temperatures are remaining cool, offering some leisure for the remaining steelhead on their ride back home.

Spring means bass on the Salmon River. Smallmouth are bedding up and can be very aggressive. Our biggest recommendation is to try a lot of pockets and keep moving throughout the day. They’ll hit anything from a juicy fly to a crank bait.

Please check our website for the river CFS, and check back in mid-August for the fall salmon report.

Lake Ontario Report:

The lake has been calm this week. We expect this trend to continue.


This following report is courtesy of Captain Jimmy Samia , of Ace Charters:

Brown trout fishing out of Oswego, NY has been decent. Fish have been located anywhere from less than 10 ft to out to 30 ft depending on the wind conditions and surface temperature. We have fished both east and west of port with fishing to the East producing better numbers, but fishing to the west producing better size browns in the mid to upper teens. Stick baits such as Bay Rats and Smithwicks off the boards and Michigan stinger spoons off the riggers have done most of the damage. Lead cores and divers have taken their fair share with both spoons and sticks.


The following report is from Capt Shane Thomas of Salmon River Guide service.

Lake Conditions have been decent since Sunday, and the fishing much better too. Friday and Saturday we had a nasty NE blows which is almost always detrimental to fishing for us on the far eastern shore of Lake Ontario.

Offshore winds just screw up fishing. We did get out and managed some king salmon, steelheads and lakers each day but certainly a subpar bite. However, Sunday laid down nicely and we put the smack down on the fish, targeting salmon and steelies w a few lakers in the mix.

The boats fishing lake trout have done extremely well early in the day, bagging limits quick and switching to salmonoids for the later part of the trips. On my boat we do our best to target kings, brown trout and steelies and leave the lakers for the days we really need to get fish when the other species are being finicky.

Water temps have been very cold yet on the surface for early June. With low/mid 50s offshore and low 60s along the shore- there’s not definitive thermocline yet, but it should not be long before it sets up, and for us that is a God send. It gives up more defined depths to work- the way it is now the fish can be at just about any level w all this mixed-up cold water we have. The salmon and steelhead hits have bn coming on 3-10 color cores, 200,300,400 coppers, and riggers set from 35-105.

Monday, we had 13-14 bites. The depths were mostly scattered, with only the 90 & 95 riggers fired several times each along w the 300 & 400 copper taking a couple fish on each. Speed has been critical and hard to keep dialed on some of the windy days- 2.5-2.7gps speeds have been working well.

Oneida Lake Report:

Walleye season opened the second weekend of May, and with an average depth of 22’ bass can be caught throughout most of the lake. We recommend first-timers who are targeting bass to try the mouth of the Oneida River as well, since it’s easy to identify where the cover is.

Check out our website for more information on charters.

Sandy Pond Report:

The main points of access for Sandy Pond are: Greenpoint, “The Elms,” Wigwam, and the new DEC launch at Stanley Drive.

Popular species throughout the summer include bullhead, crappie, pan fish, northerns, bass, walleye, and the occasional pickerel.

Check back with us in January for our ice fishing report.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

June 1st is now here. Let’s hope the salmon bite begins in earnest. Currently charter captains are in 200 fow using every set-up and rig they own trying for the bites.
Flasher flies, spoons, meat rigs, and cowbells for the lakers are being used.

Straight-out from Sodus Bay and to the west some steelhead and coho salmon have been caught. The steelies like red spoons.


Catch and release bass have been the quarry in Sodus Bay. During the holiday weekend the parking lot near the launch sites were full. Bass season opens the third Saturday in June (20th) with a five fish 12-inch regulation.

Port Bay action is still focused on the south end of the bay. The crappies and bluegills were in 15 feet of water on the east side of the bay. A few pike were caught near Wolcott Creek which dumps into Port Bay at the southern tip. Anglers that fish this area call it the narrows.

The pike were caught with spinner baits and large bright red spoons. The limit for pike is five fish, 18 inch minimum.

You can launch small cartop boats or kayaks at the south end of East Bay at the Slaught Road ramp. There are plenty of panfish in the creek and largemouth bass in the bay.

The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing

Erie Canal

Most of the canal is now open for boat traffic through the locks. All of the historic waterway in Wayne County is opened.
You can launch at Widewaters in Newark, Lyons and Clyde or fish from the shoreline next to Route 31. Throw out some grubs next to the locks and you’ll catch bullheads, catfish, and panfish.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2021 canal hours. (There will be no fees for the 2021 canal boating season.) May 21st is the scheduling for the canal opening. Hours are 7 am till 5pm. Stay informed with the below web page.

Safety Precautions from DEC

While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines (leaves DEC’s website) for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.

New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.

Orleans County

This week, I’m featuring Capt. Bob Songin from Reel Excitement Charters. Capt. Bob features a weekly (and sometimes more frequent) video on his Facebook page to share his fishing report. In his latest report, he shared a recap of “At the Bar” in Niagara County and the challenges he experienced this year. He sites that the Salmon showed up earlier in the season due to a number of factors, including a warmer winter, less ice on Lake Erie and an earlier Spring. Then, with 10 days of flat water, along with the number of tournaments and derbies held and the pressure of a lot of fishing boats within a 10 mile x 1 mile stretch, the fish “diminished their desire to bite”. More importantly he shares his expertise on what lures have been successful for him and his crew.

You can view the entire video on the Reel Excitement Charters Facebook page. Thanks, Capt. Bob!

Reminder: The Orleans County Open is June 12-13th with the Condor Memorial on June 11th. Registration Deadline is June 7 at midnight. Learn more and register online>>>

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