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Fishing Reports for May 16, 2019

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

Notice: Due to high water levels, a local state of emergency order for a “No Wake Zone” has been issued for boats 1,000 feet from the Lake Ontario shoreline and tributaries. All motorized boats within 1,000 feet of the shoreline and within these waterways must operate at an idle speed. 

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

Mother Nature has finally given us a break from all of the rainy weather. Yesterday we had a sprinkle here and there but overall a decent day. Today is partly sunny with light winds. Anglers have worked through adverse conditions but have been rewarded with some nice brown trout in the shallow water and kings and a few Atlantics in deeper depths. Spoons are the choice of bait for browns and kings with stickbaits also working for browns.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

With the continued rainfall, the river flow started climbing last Friday and continues to do so. This afternoon it is flowing at 22,400cfs. This makes shore fishing in some areas difficult for anglers. Warm water species are making their presence known on the Oswego River right now. Smallmouth bass, rockbass, sheepshead, carp, and walleye are abundant in the slower moving water. There should still be some browns and rainbows around too. Water is still a bit dirty, yet plenty of fish are being caught. The bite will improve as the water gradually clears up. Area streams and creeks are also options with the water conditions.  

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The water flow is currently scheduled for 2,200cfs through midnight tonight. Over last weekend one angler scored a solitary steelhead swinging flies throughout the middle and lower sections of the river. Two others had swung flies in the upper section and stated they had brought to hand seven notable smallmouth bass, but had lost track of the total number. They did also get takes from two very small steelhead “smolts” as they were described. These anglers used essentially the same flies, woolly buggers, intruders and streamers. The final angler coming in brought to hand not only a 22 inch steelhead but an estimated 9 pound Atlantic salmon. The flow unexpectedly rose Tuesday over 2,200cfs. We will be closed until the flow drops below 2,000cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days with the recent rain it’s no surprise the water level has been increased. As of right now the water levels are very high along with significant runoff. We’ve had no reports from anglers over the last few days.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

When conditions are good, anglers are finding walleye in shallow water and in 20-30 feet of water. Bucktail jigs and trolling worm harnesses are suggested applications. Perch are responding in 10-15 feet of water and bullhead are active for shore anglers. With the higher water level there is debris floating around so use caution as you boat around the lake.


Sandy Pond report:

Walleye season has opened and reports indicated the bite was a bit slow. With the cool, rainy weather we have not had a lot of reports.