Fishing Reports for April 23, 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:

Although the water level is still high, 14,400cfs as of this morning, it has dropped over the last couple of days.  Many areas are still unaccessible but a few anglers have been fishing along the East River Walk.  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:

According to Capt. Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters:

The fishing has been great when we can get out. A combination of Stingers and Smithwicks has been doing the trick. One day we are fishing 5 feet of water the next we are in 20 feet. Water temperature is still low; the lake is not getting a chance to warm up.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level is coming down but it’s still high running at 1,250cfs this afternoon. On Monday I drove around the river to check on conditions and saw a few drift boats fishing in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. A few boats floated from Pineville to RT2A, but the best clarity was in Altmar. Bank anglers were parked in the access lots at both Trout Brook and Orwell, stream conditions were low and clear.

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 on Saturday, May 4.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are finding a decent panfish bite on the pond. Minnows, worms and spikes along with small hair jigs under a float are working well. The walleye and northern pike seasons are closed but will be opening on Saturday, May 4.