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Fishing Reports for April 13, 2018

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

Lake Ontario report:

Anglers are getting their boats ready and hoping this weather pattern turns around soon. When conditions allow, anglers are finding a brown trout bite trolling with stickbaits or spoons near shore.

Oswego River report:

The water flow is back up over 10,000cfs running at 11,800cfs this morning. This level makes it very difficult to fish from the shore.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Two anglers had the run entirely to themselves today and spent the majority of the daylight hours fishing. They covered a lot of ground and reported going 1/3 with a nice steelie. They reported that the water remained fairly clear, despite the afternoon rain. Water flows will remain at 1,500cfs through midnight on Friday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days we’re still just seeing a few anglers on the water. It seems most anglers are waiting for the water to come down or weather conditions to warm up. The driftboats have been taking advantage of the high water. The majority of bank anglers are fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville as well as the side channels and diversions. For those anglers who are float fishing, blue egg sacs, pink worms and beads have all produced results. Anglers who are fly fishing have had success dead drifting with stoneflies, squirmy worms or woolly buggers. Egg patterns such as glo-bugs or sucker spawn fished under a strike indicator have also been productive.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not much to report from Oneida Lake. The weather with winds and snow showers has not been very favorable for open water fishing. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.


Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year as we wait improved weather conditions and open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.