Fishing Reports for May 4, 2012

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

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

Very heavy rain over the last couple of days has raised the water level to 6,800cfs as of this morning.

Anglers are finding trout, sheepshead and rockbass throughout the river. Remember walleye season opens this Saturday, May 5, with stickbaits, nightcrawlers, bucktail jigs, and leeches the baits of choice.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing continues to surpass most early spring action. Anglers are finding a good brown trout bite in 5-30 feet of water. Spoons and stickbaits are suggested baits. Salmon are roaming depths from 70- 150 feet with a few lake trout in the mix. Spoons and flies are working well. The spring LOC Derby runs from today through May 13. Visit for details.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin Tail Adventures:

The action is continuing this morning 40-75′ down over 115-150′ on divers. Standard stingers on riggers, stingrays on the divers and wiggler, SSW, gator and uv tux are suggested baits.

Pulaski Area/ Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake fishing continues to be very good. The early morning brown trout bite is occurring in as little as 8 feet of water with the action moving out to 20-30 feet later in the day. Salmon are active in 40-60 feet of water off the buoys at Nine Mile Point. A variety of spoons have been working well.

Salmon River:

The very heavy rains over the last few days have dramatically changed the water flow in the river. This morning it is running at 1500cfs. The fishing in the river remains good and will likely continue well into the month. The dropbacks hold on until the water warms up and with the up and down temperatures last month that has not happened yet. The lower end of the river is seeing the most activity as they start to make their move toward the lake. Worms and egg sacs are working well.

Oneida Lake report:

The walleye season is upon us. Beginning tomorrow anglers are anticipating some good walleye action on the lake. Bass will also be on a catch and release basis only until the opening of the season June 16. Perch and bluegills are taking minnows and look for crappies in the Big Bay area.

Sandy Pond report:

Tomorrow marks the opening of the walleye and northern pike seasons. Looks like a good weekend with clear skies and seasonable temperatures. Look for some crappie action around the boat slips.