Fishing Reports for May 8, 2013

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

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Oswego River report:

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

The water flow has been running under 3,000cfs for most of the last few days. However, this morning it is up to about 4,000cfs.  Anglers have been finding an awesome walleye bite in the river using stickbaits and nightcrawlers. 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:

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

The brown trout bite has been slow but a few have been caught first thing in the morning on spoons and stickbaits. Lake trout are active in 100-200 feet of water. A few nice salmon have been taken out in 200-350 feet of water on cut bait, finger lake spoons and trolling flies.

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

We only had a few brown trout yesterday morning but did net a huge bonus walleye. The lake trout fishing is some of the best we have seen in years with large numbers landed in just a couple of hours. There have been a few nice looking spring salmon showing up too.

Salmon River/Port Ontario report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level has dropped to 185cfs. With the recent mild weather and plenty of sunshine the water temperature has been going up and the fish are dropping back to Lake Ontario. With the low water and bright sunny conditions the fish have been holding in the deeper holes and fast water. We currently have dropbacks scattered throughout the river and anglers should focus on the deep holes and fast runs. Anglers who are fly fishing have done well on woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, chartreuse egg sacs and pink worms have been working well.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The lake fishing continues to be tough. Brown trout have been very sparse but there has been some salmon activity in 150 feet of water down about 50 feet. This action has been off of Oswego and Nine Mile Point. The lake trout bite has been active. Anglers are finding some good bullhead action in the estuaries with worms and leeches fished on the bottom working well. Some of the estuaries are also producing perch with minnows, jigs and small pieces of worm suggested bait.

Oneida Lake report:

The Oneida Lake walleye opening weekend produced a decent number of walleye along with some perch. Areas such as Lewis Point, Big Bay and near buoy 117 have been active spots. Finding the right water depth was important with about 12-14 feet of water producing results. Jigs were the suggested bait. Anglers are also finding crappie and bullhead in the Big Bay area.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers did find some walleye activity over opening weekend but it was not exceptional. Also in the mix were some perch and bluegills. Minnows, worms and jigs were working well. The area estuaries are producing bullhead and perch with minnows and worms the choice of bait.