Oswego County Fishing Report for April 8, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 8, 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 8,550cfs.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizon Charters:

The 2019 lake season is underway! Browns were plentiful yesterday out of Oswego. We also got some surprise Atlantics. Smithwicks and Yozuri’s on one side and spoons on the other 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:

Saturday about a dozen anglers were able to have a decent day on the run. Most anglers did get into a fish or two with one very happy angler able to bring five steelhead to hand. Both traditional fly fishing techniques and drifting beads/egg sacs proved to be successful. On Sunday in almost ideal fishing conditions, thirteen clients trickled in and left with mixed reports. One went 1 /4 steelhead drifting yellow and orange beads and one ending with 0 / 1 steelhead in the middle section. The last angler to leave landed a nicely colored brown trout of about 18 inches stating “just a nice day to be out.”

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Anglers have been getting into fish in both the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zone. With the high water (1200cfs) bank anglers have also been getting into some fish in the diversions and side channels of the main river. For those anglers who are not comfortable with the higher water, some of the smaller local tributaries is another option.

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.