The Oswego Harbor is located at the mouth of the Oswego River and is a commercial shipping port. It is also the gateway to the NYS Barge Canal, better known as the Erie Canal. The Oswego Harbor is home to a large fleet of fishing Charters Boats and River Guides which would be happy to show you a fantastic time on Lake Ontario. If you are thinking about a fishing charter in The Oswego area learn more by Clicking Here.
The Oswego area of Lake Ontario has produced a
World Record Coho Salmon as well as the New York State Record Brown Trout . Stephen M. Sheets of Woolrich, Pa., caught the record breaking coho that weighed in at 33.45 pounds on August 13, 1998. Tony Brown of Schenectady, NY caught the new state record brown of 33-pounds, 2-ounces on June 10, 1997. Both of these fantastic fish were taken by clients of local charter captains.
Chinook salmon spend most of their time in deep open water. They feed on the vast schools of alewives and smelt found in Lake Ontario. A mature salmon will be 3 to 5 years old. Not all fish will mature at the same age. A fish over 40 pounds is probably a 5 year old fish. Most fish will return to spawn after 3 years in the big lake. The salmon have a genetic imprint that makes them return to the river in which they were born. This means each year the Salmon river receives a very large run of king salmon from Lake Ontario.
Fishing for king salmon in Lake Ontario is done by trolling a variety of spoons, J plugs, flies and flashers. The downriggers depth range varies from 50 to 120 feet deep. Dipsey divers and lead core lines can also be used to catch salmon when they are active. Near the end of the summer the fish will respond well to cut bait run behind a flasher.