A vital link to the New York State Canal System, the Oswego River is formed by the union of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers stretching nearly 24-miles to Oswego. It ranks as Lake Ontario’s second largest tributary. The river offers two distinct fisheries.
From its mouth to Varick Dam in Oswego, Lake Ontario’s variety of fish species move in and out with the seasons. Above the dam, the fishery is neutral with minimal human intervention. In the first part of the river, huge brown trout, king and coho salmon, followed by steelhead, enter in the fall to spawn. By mid-May rock bass, yellow and white perch, and bullheads, amongst others gain coverage on the river. Above the dam, fast waters attract species such as walleye in the spring and fall and smallmouth bass in the early summer. River guides are available to help create a successful fishing experience.