Fishing Reports for May 19, 2011

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

Lake Ontario:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Lake Ontario fishing in the eastern basin is excellent right now with limit plus catches every time out! Along with some hefty browns, there are plenty of lake trout, Atlantics and a few Chinooks mixed in. The best baits are black silver orange belly smithwicks, fished on the surface about 150 feet behind the boat and dream weaver spoons in black and silver, glow green, and orange, fished 4 to 10 feet down off of the downriggers. Look for colored water and warmer temperatures and the fish will be there.

Oswego River:

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

The water level has dropped to just over 20,000cfs as of this morning. This is still very high and makes most of the river unfishable with the exception of some activity behind the hotels. Stickbaits, nightcrawlers and leeches are suggested bait to try. Boat anglers working the waters of the harbor area are finding stickbaits working well. Anglers are also finding some walleye in these areas.

Salmon River/Pulaski area report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Dropback steelhead on the Salmon River is winding down but there is still fish to be caught if you know where to look. Fast deep oxygenated water is the place to be. Do not waste your time in the slow pools. Think bubbles and fast seams right at the top or tail out of the runs. If you want to catch some nice rainbow trout, head up to Altmar and fish the Salmon River right where it dumps into the lower reservoir. Fish small egg sacs or worms under a float and let the line drift out into the lake. If you prefer fly-fishing an olive wooly bugger would be my first choice, but there has been a good caddis hatch coming off right before dark also. A size 16 has been doing the job.

Pulaski area/Lake Ontario report:

With some improving weather conditions expected for the weekend, anglers can look to Lake Ontario for some brown trout action. The early bite has reportedly been good with stickbaits and spoons off the downriggers working well.

Oneida Lake report

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

The walleye action on Oneida Lake is up and down right now. Fish are being taken in shallow and deep water. North of Messenger Reef, jigging with black/purple 1/2 to 5/8 oz. jigs tipped with a crawler is also taking a fair share of fish. I like pulling sonars and the north shore from the orange wall to off of the half house and Carbone’s in 28 to 30 FOW has been working for us.

Sandy Pond report:

Sandy Pond fishing has been good for bluegills, perch and walleye, but the big Northern Pike have been the real story lately. Look for a lot of action with large shiners, large spoons and live bait. Fish the drop offs and weed beds.