Fishing Reports for April 24, 2014

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

A reminder that from November 1st – May 1st, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level continues to drop running at 15,900cfs this morning. We are not yet at a fishable level for much of the river but anglers behind the hotels are finding a good bite. Brown trout and steelhead are taking egg sacs, spoons, minnows and deep-diving stickbaits. The bullhead bite at Wright’s Landing has been decent with nightcrawlers the suggested bait. 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  HYPERLINK “” and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

According to Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Early in the week we did very well brown trout fishing on the lake. With rough water the last couple of days we returned to the river for some of the best steelhead fishing I have seen this late in the season. Usually they have spawned and left the river by now but every spot in the river was holding fish. Another double-digit day and all released to fight another day.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
Although the wind has been a problem a couple of days this week, the brown trout fishing has been very good all along the shoreline. Suggested baits are shallow-diving stickbaits such as Smithwicks and light spoons.

Salmon River/ Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Although we have been dealing with high water in the river, there is a large number of steelhead throughout the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The water level is currently running at 3,000cfs and is expected to remain at that level through tonight. Over the last couple of days the driftboats are mostly fishing the mid to upper section of river. Some groups are bottom bouncing or float fishing but the majority of action has been pulling plugs. With the river running high and dirty, the few bank anglers who are in town have been fishing some of the smaller local tributaries

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The DSR will remain closed for fishing due to high water. This morning the flow is up to 3,000cfs and is posted to remain there through tonight. As soon as the posted flows drop below 2000cfs we will be open for fishing.

Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
When the wind isn’t a factor, the brown trout fishing along the Lake Ontario shoreline has been very good. Anglers are finding a good bite in 6-8 feet of water trolling at 1.5-1.7 mph. Straight stickbaits, thundersticks and rebels are working well. Light spoons are also working and will be a good choice of bait as the fish likely begin to work their way out to the deeper 10-20 ft. depths over the next few weeks.
Oneida Lake report:
As we get into the early season open water fishing, the activity has been light. Now that the ice is gone, anglers and area residents are dealing with high water. Some anglers have been working the bay areas for perch and panfish.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The pond has been active this week with an excellent crappie bite. Live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber are working well.