Fishing Reports for May 22, 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 flow rose to 6,000cfs yesterday but has dropped back to just over 3700cfs this morning.

Anglers are continuing to pick up walleye in the river along with sheepshead and catfish off the high wall. Suggested baits are worms, minnows, and crayfish. 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:

It was a good weekend on the lake. Saturday morning was a perfect one and very successful. Some bait had moved in and some very large brown trout followed. Sunday the bite was a bit tougher but some nice quality fish including browns, steelhead, lake trout and a king were coming to the net. Tuesday morning was quiet after the storms rolled through overnight but this morning has been good with the overcast conditions.  Brown trout and lakers are responding to our bait.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

The river season is winding down but a handful of anglers have been getting a few fish dropping back into the lower end of the river. The water flow is up to 500cfs through Friday evening. Just a reminder that the Lower Fly Zone is now closed but the Upper Fly Zone is open.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Fishing on the lake in this area has been fair. The lake trout bite has been easy but brown trout not so much. Depending on the wind direction, the browns have not been holding in the same place for long. With the wind out of the west, the bite has been easier; out of the south makes it more difficult. Spoons have been the choice of bait.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers have been finding some activity on Oneida Lake. Water depths of 10-20 feet seem to be the most productive. Jigs and spinners along with worms are working well. Just a reminder that lake sturgeon are on the threatened fishes list and if you accidentally hook one, please do not fight it and release it quickly.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There has been a decent walleye bite on the pond along with bluegill activity. Minnows, worms and jigs remain the suggested bait. A few of the estuaries are producing bullhead and perch with minnows and worms the choice of bait.