Fishing Reports for May 19, 2015

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:
The water flow has been between 8,000-10,000cfs for a few days. This afternoon it is running at 9,130cfs.
This is still high to fish many areas along the river. Anglers are finding a walleye bite from the railroad bridge north to the area behind St. Luke Apartments. Nightcrawlers, leeches and stickbaits remain the baits of choice. Bullhead are hitting worms and leeches at Ox Creek and 3-Mile Creek.

Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
The weekend was a good mixed bag with kings, browns, steelhead and lakers. I like the number of kings around. Yesterday was a good king bite early and then it was over. We did find some nice lakers around to fill in though.

According to Capt. Mike Conroy of Proteus Fishing Charters:
The very foggy conditions in Oswego on Sunday made it very challenging for the charter fleet. There is a lot of water in the forties east and west of the harbor. We ran a full spread on the boat with riggers, inline planers and slide dipsy’s. We managed to hook up to two King Salmon in 50 feet of water, a mile east of the harbor in 49 degree water on stingray stingers. It appears that more King Salmon are showing up off of Oswego and hopefully more bait sticks are around. Cover water and use different applications to get into some silver fish.

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.

Pulaski Area/Salmon River report:
The change in weather the end of last week resulted in some good fishing over the weekend. The brown trout bite picked up and the lake trout remained active. Weather conditions were a bit difficult on Sunday with a good deal of fog.

Salmon River:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Over the weekend a handful of anglers were on the water and managed to find a few drop backs and smallmouth bass mostly in the lower end of the river. If you plan on fishing the Upper or Lower Fly Zone be aware of the regulation changes that started on May 1st.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:
We had one angler go upriver and catch a nice steelhead and a large smallmouth bass at the top of the Glide. Another went downriver and caught ten smallmouth bass in the 15” range at the bottom of the Meadows. In our area, anglers may target bass off season, and take a picture, provided these fish are released unharmed. Regulations for other areas, regarding fishing for specific species during their closed season, as well as taking pictures of such fish, differs so be sure to check beforehand.

Oneida Lake report:
Since the season opener, the walleye bite has been spotty. The shore night bite has been decent casting stickbaits and anglers boat fishing are using jigs tipped with a nightcrawler. Bullhead are active along the shoreline with nightcrawlers and leeches suggested bait.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There isn’t a lot of activity this time of year on the pond but anglers are finding a crappie bite with small minnows under a float.