Fishing Reports for May 25, 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. Andy Bliss of Chasin Tail Adventures:

The fishing on Lake Ontario remains Fantastic! Browns are being taken from the shoreline out to 30 feet. Hot baits are stickbaits in natural patterns by Thunderstick, Rapala, and Smithwick. Stinger spoons have also been very productive in a variety of colors, Rosemary’s baby, green dolphin, black widow, and green glo alewife. The waters around the mouth of the Oswego River are heating up quickly spreading the fish out a bit. Just cover water to find active schools. Catches have been good from the river all the way to 9 Mile Point.

Oswego River:

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

Conditions on the river are slowly improving as the water level has dropped to 16,800cfs as of this morning. This is still high for fishing many areas of the river but it is showing some improvement. Behind the hotels is producing browns, steelhead and a few walleye. The Kiddie Pool is active with browns, steelhead, walleye, smallmouth bass and panfish. The canal between Lock 8 and Lock 7 is producing steelhead, browns, panfish and perch. Bucktail jigs tipped with a worm, leeches, spinnerspoons, stickbaits are working for browns and steelhead; smallmouth bass are taking twister tails and stickbaits; worms, spikes and hair jigs are working for perch and panfish. Rockbass are taking hair jigs, tube jigs and minnows near the floating dock by a blue crane at Wright’s Landing and in front of Breitbeck Park near a blue crane. Also look for blue gills, perch and crappies in these areas taking minnows.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

Pulaski area/Lake Ontario report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The brown trout fishing along the eastern end of Lake Ontario continues to be very, very good. The area north of the river especially has been active in 12-15 feet of water. Anglers are finding a good early morning bite using stickbaits and spoons off the downriggers and reports are indicating that larger browns are moving in. Perch are active in the estuaries of area tributaries taking fathead minnows.

Salmon River 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.

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:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are finding some decent fishing on Sandy Pond. The walleye bite has been respectable with worm harnesses, Rapalas and Rebels producing some fish. Perch are responding to fathead minnows.

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