Fishing Reports for April 30, 2013

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level took a nosedive the last couple of days running at 2,100cfs this afternoon.  Anglers have been fishing along the East River Walk using bucktail jigs, crankbaits and cleos. On the south side of the powerhouse, anglers are using stickbaits, nightcrawlers and pink worms. This water level, however, makes more areas along the river accessible. Remember 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 web site at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:

The brown trout bite was a little spotty the last couple of days but a few nice size ones were caught. A good northwest wind would be helpful. Anglers have been finding a good number of lake trout. Stickbaits and small spoons have been working well.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

What a difference a day makes. Sunday our guests had a banner day as everyone returned to the shack with a smile and saying that just about everything was working. Monday was a different story and anglers worked hard for their fish. Guests said white wooly buggers or bunny leaches #4-6 drew the most consistent action. Better weather is working in today with partly cloudy skies forecasted along with a warming trend toward the end of the week.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level is dropping to 900cfs this evening. Yesterday, anglers reported good numbers of fish holding around the gravel areas in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville, as well as the Upper & Lower Fly Zone.  We have dropbacks scattered from top to bottom and anglers reported getting into them in the Schoolhouse, Trestle, Pineville, Sportsman, RT2A, Papermill, Town Pool, Longbridge, Staircase, Black Hole and DSR.  Anglers who are fly fishing have done well on woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, chartreuse egg sacs and pink worms have been working well.

Oneida Lake report:

The fishing conditions on the lake area expected to be good the next couple of days with light winds and very little precipitation. Anglers are finding crappie and bullhead in the Big Bay area along with bullhead being taken along the shoreline. Minnows are the suggested bait. Walleye season opens this Saturday with nice weather expected so far in the forecast.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are finding a decent panfish bite, including crappies, bluegills and perch. 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.