This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report
After having a few days with the water flow slowly dropping to about 14,000cfs, the rain over the last couple of days has risen to between 17,000 – 19,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 17,500cfs. With the high water level there is not much activity to report from the river.
Lake Ontario report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had good fishing over the weekend even with some tough conditions on Sunday. Lots of nice size brown trout this year. Tuesday we had constant doubles and triples for the first couple of hours. We couldn’t even get all the rods out. Lots of brown trout but the laker fishing was tougher with only 10 or 12 attachments. We did mark some kings and had one going on the diver for a couple of seconds but he beat us.
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 Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.
Pulaski Area and Salmon River report:
According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The brown trout fishing is heating up with the best bite coming from Catfish Creek to the high rocks in 10-25 feet of water. Successful lures have been Michigan Stinger diehard and pickleseed off the downrigger back 50 feet, down eight feet. Bay Rat and Smithwick lures off the boards have also been working well.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The Run has been closed for a couple of days do to water levels being 3,000cfs. This morning it is down to 1,800cfs. Yesterday we did hear reports from driftboat guides that have been floating the upper Salmon River that there are still plenty of willing steelies around. We anticipate with the flows receding that there will still be plenty of fish in the Run. Anglers earlier in the week reported some Atlantics. There is more rain in the forecast over the next few days so please keep an eye on the water level.
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The majority of anglers we spoke with this weekend reported getting into some fish and covering lots of water continues to be the key. Those fishing the upper end of the river reported doing well in the fly fishing zones while swinging woolly buggers and egg sucking leeches with sinking leaders. In the lower end, the dropbacks have been holding in the faster water generally in the middle of the water column.
Notice: The Salmon River Fish Hatchery building continues to be closed due to construction. The grounds, including picnic area and fish ladder, are still open dawn to dusk. We anticipate construction to be finished early summer. If you are planning a visit, we suggest calling the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in advance. You can reach the hatchery at 315-298-5051, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.
Oneida Lake report:
Just a reminder that walleye season does not open until May 6. Anglers are reporting a yellow perch bite on minnows and a few bullhead are being reported. Anglers are also taking advantage of the catch and release bass season and seeing some action. Use caution when boating as there will likely be debris in the water with the high water level.
Sandy Pond report:
There is some activity taking place on the pond. Anglers are finding a good perch bite and some crappies. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6.