Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-June 30, 2022

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

With moss restricting fishing activities in the Niagara River, you still have Lake Ontario and the tributaries, Wilson and Olcott harbors, Burt Dam, and Fisherman’s Park, as well as some other inland waters to consider in Niagara Falls USA like the Erie Canal and Bond Lake. They are great spots for the kids or the entire family.

Katie Wilson
Katie Wilson of Wheatfield with a 5-plus pound smallmouth bass from last weekend on Lake Erie.

For Lake Ontario, salmon, and trout reign supreme and these are starting to pick back up after a period of transition out in the lake. Capt. Joe Oakes of Salmon Boy Sportfishing reported that fishing was good this past weekend out of Wilson. There were a good number of fish around and bait everywhere we went. Most consistent bites seem to be coming from 100 to 200 feet of water and then 400 plus feet. Good mix of steelhead, kings and cohos were caught. Spoons ran in the top 60 feet seemed to work best. Darker colors like the Seasick Waddler were working best for him. Capt. Frank Campbell of Lewiston checked out the Niagara Bar drop with twin daughters Marissa and Marina to see if there were fish hanging around. They discovered many small salmon biting just about anything that swam by in the way of spoons. A faster and deeper troll produced some bigger Chinook and Coho up to about 10 pounds but not what they were looking for.

Kelly and Aaron Roeser
3 year old Aaron Roeser of Lockport with his dad, Kelly, show off a big smallmouth bass the junior angler caught in the upper Niagara River around Beaver Island State Park. (Kelly Roeser photo)

Remember the next big fishing derby on Lake Ontario is the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Derby slated for July 2-31. That’s this Saturday. You can sign up any time (if it’s before 7 a.m. the same day) to compete for nearly $40,000 in cash prizes. Steelhead has been added to the mix of salmon, lake trout, brown trout, and walleye this year. Grand prize is $10,000 for the largest salmon. Visit for details. This Saturday, July 2 is the Summer Big Boys contest out of Point Breeze in Orleans County, too.

Marissa Campbell
Marissa Campbell of Niagara Falls holds up a Lake O. salmon she caught with her dad, Capt. Frank on the Niagara Bar.
Parker Costello
Parker Costello of Lockport with a small Lake O. salmon on a recent trip with Capt. Frank Campbell.

In the Niagara River, moss is still the issue. In the upper Niagara River, Capt. Connor Cinelli of Grand Island reports that they’ve been getting a few walleyes, but the moss has been making it tough. The smallmouth fishing has been very good around Strawberry Island on both Golden shiners and crabs.

In the lower river, Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle reports that there is still lots of moss. Bass are still being caught down around Fort Niagara and out by the wall on the Bar. Some guys are still catching fish up at the NYPA platform including smallmouth, sheepshead, white bass and the occasional trout on spinners and jigs.

Oswego County

Oswego Pro-Am Tournament

Come challenge Great Lakes anglers from far and wide in the 27th annual Oswego Pro/Am. July 9th and 10th in the great city of Oswego, NY. Weigh-in for the tournament is held at East Side Park. Situated between two hotels and directly on the harbor, it offers a convenient location with beautiful views.

The Port of Oswego is known for world class salmon fishing on Lake Ontario. Oswego boasts beautiful summers with a lively and walkable downtown. Come compete with the best of the best and enjoy our city!

Register at:

Stephanie B
Stephanie B., an Oswego native, shows off this beastly chinook salmon.

Lake Ontario

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Brown trout continue to set up in the 40-80’ range. They are spread out in the column.

Leadcores from 3-10 colors and slide divers 70-160’ have been the most productive in Oswego. Standard and Stingray sizes have been getting the job done. We continue to recommend dark colors early and brighter colors when the sun comes out.

A few more salmon are being caught offshore, in 120-450.’ But they are very spread out. Spoons, flies or meat – they’re eating it all. We recommend running whatever you feel confident with.

Browns have also been very active this week in Mexico in “the Bay.” The high rocks to the buoy line have been best. Selkirk to the Sandy has also been productive too. Tight Lines!

Oneida Lake Lake

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Walleye fishing on Oneida lake has been hit or miss. Most successful anglers are trolling in 25-35’ with crank baits. Bottom bouncers with worm harnesses have also been picking up. The same depth with silver and black blade baits and firetiger jigging raps have been producing fish too.

Fish are still being taken near weed lines using buck tail jigs and swim baits. And the mayfly hatch has started so fish are feeding heavy on them.

Bass season has just started and the shallow weeds are working well. We recommend throwing senko worms or similar rigs. Fishing drop offs that are a rock bottom with tube jigs or drop shot rigs have been yielding smallmouth bass too.

Thanks to Shaun Kennedy, of Irish Knot Sportfishing, for the report this week.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

The LOC Summer Derby starts this Saturday July 2nd. Its’ a great derby for all that fish for trout and salmon in Lake Ontario.

Currently, it’s a spoon bite for steelhead and kings. Cut bait was working last week…now it’s a spoon presentation.

Straight-out from Sodus Bay troll in 120 to 150 fow. Put the spoons down 80 to 90 feet.

Out of Hughes’ Marina the king bite was in deeper water. Fish over 180 to 250 fow.
Lakers are still hitting on the bottom using cowbells and peanuts.

Don’t forget the LOC Summer Derby July 2nd-July 31st. Lake Ontario tributary regulations: Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations: Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.


Extra largemouth bass are being caught from Sodus Bay. Fish the docks and cast into the weedy areas of the bay. The largemouths are hitting the scales at 7 to 9 lbs.

Fish the breach at the northeast section of Sodus Bay for perch.
Pike are hitting spoons between LeRoy Island and the east side of Sodus.

Port Bay would be another place to throw out worm rigs for bass. Try the weedy south end or near the outlet to Beaver Creek. Great launch sites are of West Port Road. Use the south DEC launch or the barrier bar on the north section.

Perch and some smallmouths have been caught in the channel of Port Bay.

Fish this week before recreational boat traffic over the holiday weekend will make it a challenge for anglers.

Erie Canal

Launch a boat at the county park at Widewaters and fish the south side of the canal.
The water is heating-up and the largemouths are in the weeds.

Crappies are still hitting under the Port Gibson Bridge. They are suspended in 15 fow. Large bluegills are also being caught in the canal.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2022 canal hours.

There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system this year.

Notable Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes

The following list offers a summary of the most notable fishing regulation changes resulting from the adopted rulemakings described above.

  • New statewide regulation for rainbow trout, brown trout, and splake in lakes and ponds. The season will now be open year-round, with a five-fish daily limit, any size, with a “no more than two longer than 12 inches” harvest rule.
  • Statewide Atlantic salmon regulations will now allow for a year-round open season.
  • Ice fishing is permitted on all waters in New York unless specifically prohibited with the exception of Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties where previous rules remain.
  • New specific dates replaced floating dates for statewide season openers to include:
    • May 1 – Walleye, Northern Pike, Pickerel, and Tiger Muskellunge.
    • June 1 – Muskellunge. (Note that in 2022, DEC will allow for the fishing of muskellunge beginning the last Saturday in May to accommodate previously planned fishing trips)
    • June 15 – Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.
  • A five-fish daily walleye limit in Oneida Lake.
  • A new regulation to limit the growth of the walleye population in Skaneateles Lake. No daily possession limit; 12-inch minimum size limit, open year-round.
  • The statewide sunfish daily harvest limit has been reduced from 50 to 25 fish
  • The statewide minimum size limit for crappie has been increased from nine inches to ten inches.

Orleans County

Capt. Bob Songin of Reel Excitement Charters posted a video on 6/28/22:
Tuesday’s fishing was “EPIC” despite it being a bit breezy. They consulted with Solar Tables to see what the fishing forecast was and “it was epic”! Rods were flying! Good mix of Kings, Cohoes and steelhead. Warm weather got pushed in with NW winds. Stopped at 27 and fished to the 29. The first pass out was epic; south pass coming in wasn’t as good, but they still caught fish. Riggers were 50-65-80, divers 100-200, 200 coppers. Watch his full report on Facebook.

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