Oswego County Fishing Report for April 15, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 15, 2019.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Steelhead fishing is heating up on the Lake Ontario tributaries. From the big rivers to small creeks, the spring steelhead run is definitely on. Lots of fish are in spawning mode right now but with fresh fish pushing up and some dropbacks in the mix, there are plenty of fish to keep things interesting. The water flow is currently 8,910cfs.

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing:

We brought the lake boat to Oswego yesterday and had a great first trip. All browns for us except for a small Atlantic. Early signs on the lake are very positive for another great season.  

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:

Notice from Brookfield Renewable: Flows have now exceeded station discharge capabilities and spill gates are now in use. River activities are extremely dangerous and unwise. Do not venture into the river until flows have receded.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The DSR was closed over the weekend due to high water. We are closed when the level reaches 2000cfs. The current flow is 5000 CFS at the dam (projected until at least midnight tonight) and 5430 CFS at Pineville to start the day. Please check water flows periodically and exercise extreme caution should you be near the rivers and steams due to slippery banks, debris in the water, and high flows.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

With the recent rain and melting snow coming off the Tug Hill the dam release on the Salmon River is currently running at 5000cfs plus runoff.  At this point it’s best to wait until the river returns to a safe and fishable flow. The best option for anglers who still plan on fishing may be some of the smaller local tributaries.

Click here for the current flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The ice has cleared the lake and we are anxiously looking forward to the open water season getting underway.

Sandy Pond report:

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