Fishing Reports for April 26, 2013

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


 Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

 The water level has dropped a bit more, running at 12,600cfs this morning.  Conditions have not changed as this level still makes fishing in most areas not feasible. Anglers have been fishing along the East River Walk. 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. Click on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure for more information.

Lake Ontario report:

When the wind hasn’t been a factor, anglers are finding a good brown trout bite along the lake shore. A recent north or northwest wind will concentrate them in more shallow water. Look in 5 to 25 feet of water and look for warmer off-color water. Stickbaits and small spoons have been working well.

 Click here for Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

 Click here for current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Over the past few days the high waters have receded and guests have resumed their pursuit of dropback steelies. Some have had to work hard for their catch and others have done quite well. It seems covering water to find the pods of dropbacks has been key. Guests reported 10mm beads in cream, orange crush, and retro-roe have been the hot colors. Pink San Juan worms #8 and ripple crush eggs #10 in Oregon cheese and shrimp were two flies that produced results yesterday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level remains at 1,250cfs this morning. Yesterday anglers reported good numbers of fish holding around the gravel areas in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville.  Anglers who are fly fishing reported catching dropbacks from top to bottom with woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and egg patterns producing the best results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, chartreuse egg sacs and pink worms have been working well.

 Click here for current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Fishing on the lake has been difficult as winds were a factor at times this week. On days anglers were able to get out Big Bay was producing crappie and bullhead. Anglers fishing along the shoreline have also been catching some bullhead. Minnows are the bait of choice. A reminder that walleye season opens on Saturday, May 4.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are finding a decent panfish bite, including crappies, bluegills and perch. Minnows, worms and spikes along with small hair jigs under a float are working well. The walleye and northern pike seasons are closed but will be opening on Saturday, May 4.