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Fishing Reports for May 2, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Andy Grisenthwaite of Broad Horizons Charter Service:

Spring fishing is continuing to hold strong! Browns are plentiful along the shore and salmon are a little deeper. Lake trout are also available to target after the other 3 fish limit is kept. Our client from New Hampshire boated several species on his 2nd annual spring trip – browns, lake trout, kings, and an Atlantic!



According to Oz Angling Tackle:

May is upon us but there are still plenty of trout in the Oswego River. With river temperatures at 48–50 degrees and flows of 11,500 cfs, brown trout and steelhead are biting aggressively in the Oswego River right now.

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. 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 Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

The Salmon River keeps on giving. It is loaded with fish dropping back to the lake. Unfortunately the water has risen and that will flush them out quicker than we would like and we will be to base flows very soon. All of that being said it is been a fantastic April. I fished every day except Easter Sunday and except for a few tough ones it is been a great month.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Despite a more difficult “weather day” yesterday our guests did manage to find a few dropback steelhead and a smallmouth bass or two. Rust colored wooly buggers brought some steelhead to hand while white streamers were the ticket for smallies. It looks like the weather has calmed down and should yield a great day to fish (overcast with light wind) today. The water release from lighthouse hill dam is forecasted to remain at 1,200cfs through tomorrow and the Pineville gauge currently reads 1,530cfs.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

Walleye season is opening this Saturday, May 4. The lake level is up so use caution as you navigate the waters as hazards and debris in the lake may not be readily visible. Also be aware that navigation buoys are not in the lake as yet. Anglers have been finding perch in 10-15 feet of water with minnows and spikes and there has been a crappie and bullhead bite.


Sandy Pond report:

The pond has been quiet but anglers are ready for the walleye and northern pike opener this Saturday, May 4.