Oswego County Fishing Report for April 11, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 11, 2019.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Trout fishing is the name of the game on the Oswego River right now. Steelhead and brown trout are being caught along the entire river. Anglers venturing up near the dam are having success using jigs, egg sacs, and beads while anglers fishing the lower river are catching mostly brown trout on jigs, swimbaits, and spoons. Some anglers are starting to use night crawlers as well, which can be a big difference maker on those days when it’s a relatively slow trout bite. At the current flow, these trout can comfortably hold throughout the entire river. The lower east side behind the hotels and the entire west side of the river are all worth fishing. The water flow is currently 7,820cfs.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizon Charters:

The 2019 lake season is underway! Browns are plentiful out of Oswego. We have also gotten some surprise Atlantics. Smithwicks and Yozuri’s on one side and spoons on the other have kept us pretty busy.

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:

Another day of higher water didn’t discourage a few determined anglers yesterday.  Between those anglers they reported great numbers regardless of these flows. A few drop backs and a bonus brown trout to seal the deal.  The release from the dam is scheduled to remain at 1500 CFS until midnight tonight.  The current reported flow at the Pineville gauge is 2250 CFS, which has continued to drop over the course of the day.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

With some mild temperatures and recent rain, it’s no surprise we have high water levels. The majority of bank anglers are fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville where you have the best visibility and least amount of runoff. The diversions and side channels off the main river also provide another option for bank anglers. Some of the smaller local tributaries may also provide good fishing for bank anglers once their levels come back down.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

There is not much to report from the lake at this time as we begin to look toward the open water fishing season. 

Sandy Pond report:

There is little to report from the pond at this time.