Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

The water flow continues to drop slowly running at 18,800cfs this morning. There is very little to report from the river due to the high water level. It will take some time for this to drop to a fishable level.

Lake Ontario report:

When the wind has not been an issue, anglers are beginning to fish the shallow waters along the shoreline for brown trout. Anglers are reporting some very healthy, nice size browns with stickbaits and small spoons.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Tuesday was a very productive day. There are some outrageous hefty browns around this year. The lake trout bite was as good as it gets.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.


Salmon River report:

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.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The nice weather we had came to a screeching halt yesterday. Cloudy skies, gusty winds, temperatures in the mid 40’s and some heavy rain in the afternoon. Several dedicated steelheaders did brave the elements and of the four anglers three steelhead were brought to hand. Flow from the reservoir remains at 1650cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

The water is dropping and the brown mud stain is gone. There are fish on the gravel and drop backs holding at the tail outs. There is not a lot of fish in the system but if you work hard and move around there are enough to make the day.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The fishing remains the same with drop backs scattered throughout the river and spawning fish in the gravel areas of the mid to upper section of river. The anglers who are covering lots of water have had the most success. Anglers who are fly fishing have been picking up a few fish on the swing was well as using nymphs and egg patterns under a strike indicator. For those anglers that are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs have been most productive. Beads and pink worms have also produced results.


Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows and a few bullheads are being reported. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level.


Sandy Pond report:

We have no new report from Sandy Pond as yet. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6.