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The Oswego area is well known to fishermen from near and far for a variety of fish species including: Chinook and coho salmon, rainbow, steelhead, brown trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, channel catfish, yellow perch, pan fish, bullhead, sheepshead, and carp within the Oswego River and Lake Ontario.

The Oswego river offers two distinct fisheries. From its mouth to Varick Dam, the first dam in the city of Oswego, Lake Ontario’s vast variety of fish species move in and out with the seasons. Above the dam, the fishery is natural, with minimal human intervention. The City of Oswego has developed an outstanding urban fishing reputation and outstanding public fishing access to the Oswego River. A concrete walkway and railing lines both sides of the river and provide convenient access for anglers and walkers, with riverside parking, restrooms, and a fish cleaning station.

An extensive fleet of charter captains are also available for deeper water fishing on Great Lake Ontario.

Click on the link for a list of charter captains:

For additional information including Coastwatch Surface Water Temperature, Weather/Wave Height Buoys, National Weather Service Advisories, and up-to-date, general fishing reports visit:


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