Fishing Reports for May 3, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Lake Ontario report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss on Cold Steel Fishing Charters:
We’ve had some great days on the Cold Steel. We’ve caught browns at will! Doubles and triples were common with a couple of brown and king doubles included. Bay Rats and Michigan Stingers got the job done.

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charters:
Spring fishing is well underway. Browns have been very willing most days and lakers are here in great numbers! What a great way to start the 2018 season! One client earlier this week had a four species trip – a king, steelhead, many browns and many lake trout.

Oswego River report:
The water flow has dropped over the last few days. This morning it is running at 5,970cfs. This flow is good for boat fishing and makes more areas along the river accessible for shore fishing. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
From winter right to the dog days of summer! Unbelievably, yesterday’s high was 83 degrees here in Pulaski. While our guests enjoyed the sunshine most of them reported the angling to be surprisingly slow. Only one pair of anglers that fished the morning into early afternoon reported hooking into a fish. Both these anglers were swinging flies. One reported a quick grab but did not connect, the other caught a 17″ chrome juvenile steelhead and a 17″ walleye! This evening a group fishing the middle part of the run reported no success while a pair fishing the upper section reported being in the right place at the right time with one of them having his best steelhead day ever. “There were fish jumping all around us!” Egg sacs in a variety of colors were the bait of choice.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Over the last couple of days very few anglers have been on the water but the river is fishable and the anglers we have spoken with are catching drop backs. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with squirmy worms and egg patterns or swinging black and olive woolly buggers. The anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have had the most success with blue egg sacs or pink worms. Anglers also reported having success at some of the smaller local tributaries.

Oneida Lake report:
The weather has finally shown some vast improvement with a nice weekend in the forecast. Perfect weather for the opening of the walleye season on Saturday, May 5.

Sandy Pond report:
The activity on the pond has been quiet but the action should pick up this Saturday with the opening of the walleye and northern pike season.