Few areas of North America offer the quality and diversity of freshwater fishing found in Oswego County, NY. From trolling on Great Lake Ontario to casting the pristine waters of the legendary Salmon River, this area of Central New York offers unparalleled experiences for anglers of all abilities.

Of all the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario consistently produces the largest fish and best conditions for Pacific salmon. Anglers’ favorite species are Chinook and Coho salmon, and brown and rainbow trout. 

Situated on the beautiful southeastern shore of Lake Ontario, Oswego County is home to more than 50 charter captains who offer fishing trips from several marinas along the shoreline.

Oswego County waters have produced 11 world and state records, including these remarkable fish caught in the Salmon River — a 47 lb. 13 oz. Chinook salmon, the world record Coho salmon (33 lbs. 4 oz.) and a 33-lb, 2 oz. brown trout!

One of the only places in North America where anglers can catch Atlantic salmon, the Salmon River offers some of the finest sportfishing in the U.S. Massive numbers of Chinook and Coho salmon spawn in the river each fall, followed by steelhead from November through spring. Visitors can enjoy several miles of public fishing land along the river and private fishing preserves in Pulaski and Altmar. Numerous guides and tackle shops are available to advise ontechniques and gear. 

The Oswego River offers a distinct fishery in the heart of downtown Oswego. A variety of fish – steelhead, brown trout, Chinook and Coho salmon — move in and out with the seasons. There is outstanding public access with hotels, restaurants, marinas and other amenities nearby.

Oneida Lake is well-known for great walleye, bass and yellow perch fisheries. Several marinas and public fishing access points are located on the lake’s north shore. 

Check out the lower section of the Oswego River, smaller lakes, and streams for small- and largemouth bass, carp, walleye, perch, pickerel, and channel catfish. Several miles of remote tributary streams are also open to the public, including Trout and Orwell Brooks and the Mad River.

For fishing conditions, guides, marinas, and more, call 1-800-246-4FUN or visit http://visitoswegocounty.com/fishing-hunting/fishing/

What else do you need to know?

All anglers age 16 and over need a valid NYS fishing license. Out-of-state licenses cost $10 for 1-day; $28 for 7-days; and $50 for a year. Visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.

Free fishing: New York State offers free fishing days in February, June, September and November. Go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89821.html for details.

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