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Fishing Report for May 19, 2022

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

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This week, conditions on Lake Ontario have been tougher than average.  But with recent winds from the west, we expect fishing to pick up as the shoreline waters “color up.”

Mexico Report (Lake Ontario):

The following report is courteous of Capt. Mark Ledden of Driftwater Fishing.

Fishing in the Mexico Bay region has really heated up. It’s the time of year where you can pick the species you want to target: kings, brown or lakers!

We have been hitting fish anywhere from 10 to 180 feet of water.  Rods fishing the surface (with 5 color cores) have been taking silver fish, with the new “Opti-cowbells” on the bottom catching lakers.


Oswego Report (Lake Ontario):

This week’s report is brought to you by Capt. Zack Rayno of Hat Trick Charters.

In Oswego, the brown trout have turned less aggressive or else they’re more spread out this week.  But, fishing for kings has been on fire, with lakers and cohos also in the mix.  With the Oswego River lower and warmer, there hasn’t been a lot of colored water to focus on, except by the harbor.

However, salmon are being found in good numbers in the waters outside of the harbor.  80-350 feet of water has been productive, but each day is a little different. We have also been seeing lots of browns out of the deep.

Browns have been chewing on stickbaits and spoons. Black ice, dirty broomstick , tuxedo, and UV diehard have been good spoons.   The best baits for kings have been Stingray sized spoons on 2-6 color lead cores and slide divers.  Doctor, tuxedo, yellow and lime tux’s, and NBK have been the best colors.