Fishing Reports for May 24, 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:

With the heavy rains we have had in the last day or so, the water level is up to 10,700cfs as of this afternoon.

Many areas along the river will not be accessible at this level. Anglers were finding a decent walleye bite earlier in the week with worms, minnows and crayfish suggested bait. 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:

The brown trout bite has been spotty this week. Fishing in the shallow water early in the day and moving to deeper depths as the day goes on has been somewhat successful. Stickbaits and spoons have worked well. Anglers have been taking a good number of lake trout with a few salmon coming to the net. Spoons and fly/flasher combinations are suggested bait for the salmon.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift Fishing Charters:

Conditions have varied this week.  Tuesday morning was quiet after the storms rolled through overnight but Wednesday morning was good with the overcast conditions. Thursday was a smorgasbord with kings, browns, rainbows and lakers. Today the wind has not been favorable to get on the lake.

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.