Fishing Reports for May 15, 2014

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
With the rain the region has had over the last few days, the water flow is up again to 14,900cfs. More rain is expected tomorrow. This flow limits areas to fish but anglers are doing well along the West River Walk near the old Coleman’s building. Walleye continue to respond to stickbaits, leeches and nightcrawlers throughout the river. Anglers are also finding a decent bite by boat in this area. 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.

Lake Ontario report:
When conditions have permitted anglers on the lake, the fishing has been good. With the warmer temperatures and sunshine, earlier in the day has seen the most action. Brown trout continue to be the most active with some lake trout, steelhead and walleye in the mix. With a drop in temperature and a change in wind direction over the next few days, we will have to see how things set up. Spoons and stickbaits continue to be working well.
Salmon River/ Pulaski Area report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
It was another busy day in the Run! Anglers reported steady action from top to bottom with plenty of fish landed, including steelhead, some lunker small mouth bass, a domestic rainbow, an Atlantic salmon, and even a few suckers and fallfish. Water temperatures continue to rise, but today will be the last day of this warm streak with air temperatures reaching the low 80s. Friday will bring more seasonable weather with temperatures topping out in the 50-60s. Water flows will remain at 750cfs through midnight tonight.
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The few anglers that we spoke with yesterday reported that the bright sunshine and high heat made for slow conditions. The best action was in the morning before it got hot and the water temperature reached into the 60’s. With the water level coming down and plenty of sunshine over the last couple of days the fish have been dropping back quickly. Keep in mind that the dropbacks typically like the faster water and tend to be suspended in the water column. If you’re fishing the upper end of the river make sure you have bug repellent. Anglers have reported with the warm temperatures you will need it.
Pulaski Area report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Typically this time of year the trout are transitioning to deeper water. Early in the morning anglers are targeting 8-10 feet of water and 15-50 feet later in the day. The wind has been from the south over a period of time and a change in direction, which is expected tomorrow, would be to our advantage.
Oneida Lake report:
The wind is an issue again today. When conditions allow, anglers have been reporting a good walleye bite as the lake waters warm up. Looking in 10-20 feet of water jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a nightcrawler and trolling with worm harnesses seems to be working. Anglers are finding a few bullhead around the shore of the lake.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
With the warmer water, the walleye bite has definitely picked up on the pond. The same bait, worm harnesses, crankbaits and jigging with bucktail jigs tipped with a worm continue to get the job done. Anglers are still finding some crappies taking live minnows under a float and small light jigs under a casting bobber.