Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 3, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

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

We’ve had some great days on the Cold Steel. We’ve caught browns at will! Doubles and triples were common with a couple of brown and king doubles included. Bay Rats and Michigan Stingers got the job done.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:

Spring fishing is well underway. Browns have been very willing most days and lakers are here in great numbers! What a great way to start the 2018 season! One client earlier this week had a four species trip – a king, steelhead, many browns and many lake trout.

Oswego River report:

The water flow has dropped over the last few days. This morning it is running at 5,970cfs. This flow is good for boat fishing and makes more areas along the river accessible for shore fishing. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river.

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:

Update: The Douglaston Salmon Run is currently closed (as of May 4) due to a water flow of 2,200cfs through midnight Friday. It will reopen when the flow drops below 2,000cfs. Please check the link below for the current flow.

Overall the fishing was slow on the Run this week. One angler was successful with a 17″ chrome juvenile steelhead and a 17″ walleye. Another pair fishing the upper section reported being in the right place at the right time with one of them having his best steelhead day ever on Wednesday. Egg sacs in a variety of colors were the bait of choice.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The water flow is currently running at 2,200cfs. Earlier in the week anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with squirmy worms and egg patterns or swinging black and olive woolly buggers. The anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have had the most success with blue egg sacs or pink worms. Anglers also reported having success fishing some of the smaller local tributaries due to the high water level in the river.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The weather has finally shown some vast improvement with a nice weekend in the forecast. Perfect weather for the opening of the walleye season on Saturday, May 5.

Sandy Pond report:

The activity on the pond has been quiet but the action should pick up this Saturday with the opening of the walleye and northern pike season.