Fishing Reports for April 23, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
This morning the water level dropped to 14,800cfs. This is still high for fishing along the river but behind the hotels is one suggested area with jigs the bait of choice.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
It was a little rough on the lake yesterday but my crew didn’t care. We had constant action the entire trip. We lost count they were coming in so fast.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
On Saturday we set up in the harbor and looked for warm, muddy water in search of Oswego’s favorite spring fish, Lake Ontario brown trout. 48 degree water was our ticket. Small flutter spoons off of riggers and stick baits with orange bellies were the only thing that worked. We took all of our action off of side planers, 100 ft. back; and a couple of riggers down 5 ft., back 70 ft. We boated nine nice browns with the two largest being 9 and 10 pounds. This week has been challenging with the wind.
The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. 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.

Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water level has come down some although it is still high but at least we are going in the right direction. Yesterday we had scattered rain showers throughout the day, this morning snow showers. Yesterday anglers in the motel made the most of difficult conditions and were able to fish some of the smaller local tributaries.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Although the water level on the river is very high, the streams are doing well. Anglers are finding some good steelhead action with eggs and various larva such as wax worms and meal worms.

Oneida Lake report:
The weather has not been very cooperative this week with wind and colder temperatures. This morning snow showers are moving through the area. There is not a lot to report as the season gets underway. Just a reminder that walleye season will open next Saturday, May 2.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not a lot to report from the pond as we continue the transition into open water fishing.