Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on May 10, 2018.

Lake Ontario report:

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

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 one afternoon early in the week and were not disappointed. Springtime is awesome! So far the 2018 season is off to a great start!

Oswego River report:

The water flow has dropped some over the last couple of days. This morning it is running at 5,090cfs. Boat anglers have been trying the waters north of the Rte. 104 bridge and this flow makes many areas along the river fishable from shore. Anglers will likely find steelhead, brown trout, and walleye season has recently opened.

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 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:

There were several anglers on the run yesterday. Two taking advantage of early morning reported 2/3 steelhead swinging flies in the upper section. Another angler went 2/2 bright chrome steelhead swinging a large olive-gold fly with a lot of tinsel in it in the middle section. He went back out and returned shortly having caught four “HUGE” smallmouth bass using the same fly in the upper section.

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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.