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Fishing Reports for May 6, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

We started Saturday morning off with browns. Then switched over to salmon. On the afternoon trip we started for salmon and never left! Fishing remains excellent out of Oswego! UV tape Stingrays continue being our best lures. Many colors are working as long as they are UV.

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

It’s not typical to catch May chromers that haven’t spawned yet on the Oswego River. One beautiful fish came as a pleasant surprise after catching nothing but big smallmouth for a few hours. It looks like the trout will be in for a few more weeks before water temperatures increase and the flow drops. With the flow 10,300cfs, the lower river offers the most fishable water for shore anglers. Anglers who are interested in fishing the Oswego River for walleye should focus their efforts from the 104 Bridge to the mouth. If the walleye haven’t made a major push into the lower river yet, then they can be targeted in the harbor and along the lake 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. 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:

Saturday started out cloudy with some drizzle. Not everyone was able to bring a fish to hand and those that were able to didn’t do great numbers, but were able to do a fish or two.  A couple Atlantics were hooked and we had reports of a Skamania or two making a showing (spectacular jumps and strong runs).  Sunday’s weather was nicer but the fish played “hard to get.”  Anglers yesterday reported decent activity with both steelhead and smallmouth bass. The water flow from the dam is 500cfs through tonight.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

The walleye season opened on Saturday and although there were some fish caught, overall reports indicate the action was a bit slow. Suggested areas for some activity are along the shoreline and in 25-30 feet of water. Bucktail jigs and trolling worm harnesses are suggested applications.  


Sandy Pond report:

Walleye and northern pike seasons are open. Anglers over the weekend found some activity but overall it was a bit slow.