Oswego County Fishing Report for April 18, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 18, 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 drop backs in the mix, there are plenty of fish to keep things interesting. With some recent rain, the water level has creeped up to 10,300cfs. Areas along the East River Walk behind the hotels and along the West River Walk are suggested areas to try. 

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing:

We brought the lake boat to Oswego this week and had a great first trip on the lake. 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 below.

Click here for the current water flow. 

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The DSR remains closed at this time due to high water. The current flow is 2,200cfs. We will reopen when the level drops below 2,000cfs. Please check water flows periodically and exercise extreme caution should you be near the rivers and streams due to slippery banks, debris in the water, and high flows.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Wednesday morning started out cold but with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, the temperature reached near 60 degrees. The water level is still high but anglers are fishing and making the most of conditions. Over the last couple of days we’ve had dry conditions which has helped with the runoff. Anglers we have staying in the hotel have been floating the river with drift boat guides or fishing some of the smaller local tributaries.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from Oneida Lake at this time. Anglers are beginning to do some open water fishing and looking forward to the opening of walleye season on Saturday, May 4. 

Sandy Pond report:

There is little activity to report from the pond. A reminder that walleye and northern pike seasons open on Saturday, May 4.