Oswego County Fishing Report for April 19, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 19, 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 9,800cfs. 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.

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. Significant rain is expected today and through the overnight. 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:

Most of the anglers we spoke with yesterday reported getting into some fish both on the Salmon River and some of the smaller local tributaries. The drift boat guides have been taking advantage of the high water conditions while covering lots of water and getting into mostly drop backs. The majority of bank anglers have been fishing the side channels and diversions off the main river as well as the smaller tributaries. The most productive patterns have been woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches, estaz eggs and glo-bugs. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs, pink worms and beads have all produced steady results.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The weather has been an issue some this week for anglers with windy conditions. Anglers are beginning to do some open water fishing finding perch activity in 10-15 feet of water. A reminder the opening of walleye season is 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.