Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 25, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters:

The weather finally turned around for the weekend. On Sunday we had another great day on the Cannonball Runner. We had a box of browns by 8:15 then switched to lakers. Monday we had another successful trip going 17-28 with clear water. We changed up and went to more natural lures Michigan Stingers and thundersticks have been the ticket.

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running above 10,000cfs until yesterday. It is running at 8,630cfs this afternoon. This is still high for some areas along the river but anglers are fishing behind the hotels.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Reports from those that I spoke with yesterday who fished the morning indicated that it was a beautiful, but less-than-productive day.  One angler indicated going 0 for 2 while others indicated that they went fishless without a tug.  That having been said, we had one season pass holder that fished for several hours through the mid-day that indicated that he had a “good day” bringing one rainbow, a big brown, a 32″ drop back and a couple of chrome steelhead to hand. I’d say he had a “good day”.  Some rain is in the forecast today which will likely spark some activity.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the nice weather and recent drop in water level (500cfs) it’s no surprise with the increased number of anglers. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish, with most of them being drop backs. The mid to upper section of river has the most gravel areas where we still have fish spawning. For those anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing, blue egg sacs and pink worms have produced the best results. For those anglers who are fly fishing dead drifting with pink san juan worms, or black, brown and olive woolly buggers has produced steady results. Indicator fishing with estaz eggs, sucker spawn and glo-bugs has also been productive.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:
There is not much to report from Oneida Lake at this point. Anglers are waiting in anticipation of the walleye opener on Saturday, May 5.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year as we wait for opening of walleye and northern pike seasons on Saturday, May 5.