Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report

The water flow in the river has been around 20,000cfs for the last several days. This morning it is flowing at 19,900cfs. With the high water level there is not much activity to report from the river.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

When the wind has allowed us on the lake this week the fishing has been Excellent with a capital E. We even captured the first king of the season which looked awesome for early spring. A couple of mornings we had trouble getting all the rods out – it was that good. There are plenty of browns and some large lakers.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

Tuesday was a first for me. We landed every trout and salmon species that swims Lake Ontario – Atlantic, brown, laker, king, coho, rainbow and steelhead. Fishing is on fire right now.

*Notice: The Spring LOC Derby will run until May 14. Just a couple of things with regard to the high water levels. Please note that all of the weigh stations and registration locations are open. Please be careful as there is the possibility you may encounter floating debris in the lake. There is a 5 mph speed limit in the bays and there is a no wake order within 500′ of shore. This does not affect trolling along the shoreline.

Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:

The brown trout fishing is heating up with the best bite coming from Catfish Creek to the high rocks in 10-25 feet of water. Successful lures have been Michigan Stinger diehard and pickleseed off the downrigger back 50 feet, down eight feet. Bay Rat and Smithwick lures off the boards have also been working well.

Salmon River:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday guests reported a fish here and a fish there. A few fresh young steelies were caught along with a few mature drop backs. A handful of bass and a carp were also reported. Most fish were caught on swung flies but a few were taken on beads, jigs, and spinners. Anglers also reported a very strong hatch of blue quills in the afternoon along with a few hendricksons. There are still stealhead spread throughout the river system so we expect to see drop backs for a while if the water temperature stays good. The water flow is running at 750cfs.

Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Oneida Lake report:

Just a reminder that walleye season is open. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows and a few bullhead are being reported. Anglers are also taking advantage of the catch and release bass season and seeing some action. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level.

Sandy Pond report:

There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Walleye season opened on Saturday.