Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 8, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss:

A little tip for when you are faced with very turbid/dirty water. Switch to brighter baits and larger baits. We were presented with mud water Sunday so I put a few Bay Rat long shallows in and the fish really seemed to pick them out of the spread.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:

Browns in the shallows are active and bass are starting to wake up. If you chose to sort through them, there are some quality browns along with a few steelhead and an Atlantic or two. Lake trout in 120 to 155 feet of water are doing well with some good size too. We chose to go for kings Sunday afternoon and were not disappointed. Springtime is awesome! So far the 2018 season is off to a great start!

Oswego River report:

The water flow is up some but still fishable. This morning it is running at 7,070cfs. 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.

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Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Now that we are a week into May, anglers have plenty of angling opportunities. We still have steelhead in the river and the few anglers who are around have been catching fish. The lake fishing has been good when it’s calm enough to get out. Pike and walleye are now open. With the water level coming done and the water temperature warming up, it won’t be long before the smallmouth bass start entering the lower end of the river as well.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The water flow is currently at 1,000cfs through midnight tonight. The water temperature was recorded at 50F yesterday which should kick start a lot more fish especially smallmouth bass. We had five clients on the run yesterday with one who was swinging flies reporting 3/5 steelhead. Another pair reported five steelhead between them in the middle section of the run. One of the remaining later day anglers reported one missed fish broke his 12 pound tippet so he believed it to be “very large.”

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Oneida Lake report:
Reports are indicating that the opening weekend of walleye season on Oneida did not disappoint anglers. Limit catches on both days were taken in 15-35 feet of water. The activity seemed to be in the more shallow depths earlier in the day and as the sun got higher, anglers found the action in the 25-35 foot range.

Sandy Pond report:

With the nice spring weather we have been having and the opening of walleye and northern pike seasons last Saturday, the activity on the pond will be picking up.