Oswego County Publishes New Fishing and Hunting Guide

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County’s diverse world-class fishing and excellent hunting opportunities are highlighted in the new Fishing and Hunting Guide just released by the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

The 35-page guide contains detailed information on fishing eastern Lake Ontario waters, the Oswego and Salmon rivers, Sandy Pond, Oneida Lake, the Oneida River and Lake Neahtahwanta, with a directory of charter captains, river guides, tackle shops, and marinas. Special sections focus on fly-fishing the Salmon River, ice fishing, and public hunting areas.

“This past year was one of our most productive ever for fishing Lake Ontario and its tributary streams,” said David Turner, director of the county Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “In fact, preliminary results of the NYS DEC’s fall creel survey show that more than 100,000 salmon were landed from the Salmon River between Labor Day and the end of November. The Salmon River also led the state in steelhead catch at 39,697, and produced 3,523 brown trout during that period.  The Oswego River in the City of Oswego also had a fantastic fall, with anglers catching 4,088 Chinook salmon, 1,227 steelhead, and 2,930 brown trout.”

Oswego County continues to lead New York State in the sale of non-resident fishing licenses. Nearly 31,000 visitors from across the U.S. and other nations bought their fishing licenses in the county in the 2011 license year.

The guide features several photos submitted by the winners of the department’s fishing and hunting photo contest, held last summer.

Editorial and graphic content were provided by the Oswego County Tourism staff and author Spider Rybaak. Design and layout were by ABC Creative Group of Syracuse, NY.

One hundred thousand copies will be distributed at sportsman shows, hotels, motels, campgrounds, tourist information centers, chambers of commerce, and attractions in New York and surrounding states.

For a copy, call 1-800-248-4FUN or e-mail [email protected]

The new publication, along with year-round fishing conditions and visitor information, is posted on www.visitoswegocounty.com