Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 30, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss on Cold Steel Fishing Charters:

We had an awesome day back on the Cold Steel on Saturday. We caught browns at will! Doubles and triples were common. Bay Rats and Michigan Stingers got the job done.

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been between 8,000-10,000cfs for the last few days. This morning it is running at 9,420cfs. 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:

The river flow is at 1500cfs through midnight tonight. With some light rain and even some snow showers over the weekend, the temperature did get into the 40s yesterday with warmer temperatures expected this week. A guide and two clients drifted the run in the morning and were able to account for “33 steelhead out of over 50 hooked; there are a lot of fish in the river.” The fish took anything they put out there – beads, sacs, lures, pink worms, it didn’t matter. Two other shore anglers reported over 10 steelhead between them and our last client brought a dozen fish to hand mostly drop-back steelhead and one brown trout.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The lower end of the river has been mostly drop backs while the mid to upper end of the river has been both drop backs and spawning fish. The driftboats continue to take advantage of the high water conditions and are floating most of the river on a daily basis. A few bank anglers are fishing the lower end of the river, but overall the majority of them have been fishing the mid to upper end of the river. The side channels and diversions have been getting increased pressure with the higher water and have been producing action on a daily basis. Over the last couple of days anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with woolly buggers, pink san juan worms and sucker spawn. Anglers who were float fishing or bottom bouncing had the most success with egg sacs, beads or pink worms.

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Oneida Lake report:

The weather has not been the best for lake fishing with wind, cold temperatures, rain and even some snow showers. Hopefully we will be moving into a much improved pattern with some warmer temperatures arriving tomorrow. 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.