Fishing Reports for April 19, 2018

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

Lake Ontario report:
Anglers are getting their boats ready and hoping this weather pattern turns around soon. It does appear as though warmer temperatures will be slowly moving in through the weekend and into early next week. When conditions allow, anglers are finding a brown trout bite trolling with stickbaits or spoons near shore.

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running between 11,000cfs and 14,000cfs for the last few days. This afternoon it is running at 12,800cfs. This level makes fishing very difficult along the river. The extended forecast shows little rain from Sunday through Tuesday so hopefully the water level will improve.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The weather this week has been less than pleasant for fishing with extremely gusty winds, rain and a few snow showers at times. We had a couple anglers fish the run on Monday and reported hooking into a few steelies but the strong wind drove them off the water by late morning. Yesterday a handful of anglers fished the run and those fishing from shore reported tricky conditions because of high winds. They came off the water mid-afternoon and reported zero fish landed between the 3 of them. A few driftboats floated through but we received no report. The weather pattern appears to be turning around as we go into the weekend. The current water flow remains at 1500cfs at the reservoir and 2020cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Early in the week the few anglers we spoke with had some success in the mid-section of river as well as some of the smaller local tributaries. Those fishing in the upper end of the river reported having a slow day. We did have some heavy rain on Monday which caused some runoff but the visibility was not an issue. The anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with egg patterns. The anglers who were float fishing had the best results with blue or pink egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

Oneida Lake report:
There is not much to report from Oneida Lake. The weather has not been favorable for lake fishing with strong winds over much of the last few days. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is quiet this time of year as we wait for improved weather conditions for open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.