Fishing Reports for April 30, 2015

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 dropped drastically on Tuesday and remains at a fishable level this morning. The current flow is 3,960cfs. Walleye season opens on Saturday, May 2, with nightcrawlers, leeches, and stickbaits suggested baits. Bullhead are hitting worms and leeches at Ox Creek and 3-Mile Creek.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The lake is seeing good action for browns on stickbaits and spoons in 7-20 feet of water east of Oswego Harbor. Lakers are also being taken on stickbaits and spoons in 125 feet of water.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Nice colored water means tons of action. We are experiencing some fantastic brown trout fishing with a good mix of rainbows, lakers, cohos, and Atlantic salmon.

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 Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
The water level is a very fishable 500cfs and the steelhead fishing is the best we’ve seen this year. Beads are on fire right now.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The good fishing trend this week continues. The upper and lower sections of the river are most productive with the middle section reporting very little to no action. Spey flies (about 1/5” long) are working particularly turkey wing pattern with red highlights on the back. Center-pinning with frosted tangerine and frosted light lime green beads is also successful. The fish are fresh steelhead.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
We currently have a mix of drop backs scattered from top to bottom and fish still spawning in the gravel areas of the river. The upper end of the river has been producing steady action on a daily basis. In the mid to lower end of the river anglers have been getting into some drop backs while covering lots of water. Anglers who are fly fishing have done well with egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and chartreuse egg sacs, steelhead beads and pink worms have all produced results.

Oneida Lake report:
The wind has again been an issue at times this week. Anglers are finding bullhead along the shore with worms. Just a reminder that walleye season opens this Saturday, May 2.

Sandy Pond report:
Activity on the pond is usually quiet this time of year as the open water season gets underway.