Oswego County Fishing Report for April 25, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on April 25, 2019. 

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Tom Burke of Cold Steel Sportfishing Charters:

What a day on Lady O on Tuesday! I can’t stop thinking about the incredible fishery we have! Kings and lots of them. Not to mention brown and laker action mixed in.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

Another good day on Ontario. Both Cold Steel Sportfishing Charter and my clients wanted a day of lake fishing so we put the groups together and took them to the lake. The Brown trout bite was crazy but the salmon had lockjaw. BayRats and Michigan stingers took all our fish in colors across the board.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The river is running at 11,000cfs this morning. Steelhead are all over the upper half of the river with limited spots to target them from shore with this water level. Drift boats have been doing well on steelhead with a few browns mixed in. Shore anglers fishing the lower end of the river are finding brown trout on the west side by throwing spoons, jigging swim baits along the bottom or bottom bouncing egg sacs and worms. Anglers are finding smallmouth bass (catch and release only at this time) on the east side by jigging along the bottom with swim baits or slip float fishing with jigs.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

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:

We had 20 anglers hit the run yesterday and the majority surveyed reported landing at least one steelhead. A handful shared reports of going 3/5, 6/7, and even 12/14 on drop backs with a few smallmouth bass mixed in. The angler with the most reported steelhead on the line noted that they were all caught in two locations to which he jokingly referred to as “drop back hotels.” We’ll let you decide where those might be! The water flows are posted to remain at 750cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The anglers we spoke with reported seeing good numbers of fish still spawning as well as fish that have completed the spawning process and are dropping back. The drop backs have been scattered throughout the river and the spawning fish have been holding in and around the gravel areas of the river. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with egg patterns around the gravel areas or covering lots of water while swinging streamers with sinking leaders. For those anglers who are float fishing, pink and blue eggs, beads, pink worms and marabou jigs have all produced results.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

As the open water season gets underway, anglers are finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water. Minnows and spikes are the choice of bait. Anglers are also finding a few crappie and bullhead.  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.