Fishing Reports for May 2, 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 early in the week and has been running between 2,000-3,500cfs the last few days.  This morning it is flowing at 2,330cfs. Anglers had been fishing along the East River Walk using bucktail jigs, crankbaits and cleos. On the south side of the powerhouse, anglers were 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 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 very spotty the last few 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 with many weighing between 12 and 16 pounds. Stickbaits and small spoons have been working well.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level has dropped to 750cfs as of this morning. Anglers have 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.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake fishing has been tough. With east winds, sunshine and a water temperature not as favorable as we would like, the brown trout fishing has been very slow. Anglers are finding some good bullhead action in the estuaries with worms and leeches fished on the bottom working well. Some of the estuaries are also producing perch with minnows, jigs and small pieces of worm suggested bait.

Oneida Lake report:

The fishing conditions on the lake are expected to be good the next few 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 beautiful 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. A reminder that the walleye and northern pike seasons open on Saturday. Anglers are finding bullhead and perch in the estuaries with minnows and worms the choice of bait.