Fishing Reports for April 19, 2013

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With the recent rain, the water level has continued to rise, running between 16,000-20,000cfs over the last few days. This makes most areas along the river unfishable. With this flow behind the hotels is the suggest spot. A number of bass have been reported in the river but these are on a catch and release basis only. Remember the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are new Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

Lake Ontario report:

When the weather is cooperating and the winds are light, there has been a decent early season brown trout bite along the Lake Ontario shore.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

Notice: Terry Bennett, Acting Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has announced an advisory for anglers on the Salmon River due to high water conditions today. Anglers should avoid fishing in or on the river until further notice.  As a precaution, the National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a flood advisory for the Salmon River that is in effect until Saturday morning. Brookfield Renewable Energy Group is urging people not to fish in or on the Salmon River until flows subside. Law enforcement agencies will be going to the parking areas and other spots along the river to notify people they should stay out of the water. For the complete advisory, visit Click on Salmon River Advisory under “What’s New.”

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The current water flow as of Friday afternoon is 3,500cfs on the river. According to the waterline, extremely high flows are now passing through the spill gates at the dam. Severe flooding conditions are present. Please stay away from the river and any flooded areas. Please be alert for, and follow, all local warnings and emergency notifications.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Once again, due to the high water and with the safety of our guests in mind, the DSR will remain closed until the water release from the Light House Hill Dam is below 2,000cfs.

Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from Oneida Lake but anglers are finding a few bullhead along the shore. A reminder that walleye season has closed and will reopen the first Saturday in May.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is not a lot of activity on the pond this time of year but anglers are finding a decent panfish bite. Live minnows along with small hair jigs under a float are working well. A reminder that walleye and northern pike seasons have closed and will reopen the first Saturday in May.