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Current Fishing Conditions
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Updated 5/9/08


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Oswego Area -- Oswego River, Lake Ontario

Oswego River—

According to Larry Muroski of Larry's Oswego Salmon Shop:


The river flow has dropped to 7,000cfs with all areas along the river accessible. Anglers are finding brown trout and walleye throughout the river. Northern pike are active near the lighthouse and Wright's Landing. Look near the railroad bridge for sheepshead, white perch and walleye using nightcrawlers. The Coast Guard Station and Wright's Landing are producing rockbass on minnows and jigs.

Due to the construction of the Bridge Street bridge in Oswego, boat traffic on the river will be restricted in this area. Please use caution and watch for buoys and signs.

For current water level data, click here

Lake Ontario—

The brown trout fishing has been good on Lake Ontario when the winds have cooperated. The winds kept boats off the lake on Thursday. Conditions are expected to improve as we go into the weekend. Fish along the shoreline early in the morning and move further out later in the day. Stickbaits and spoons are working well.

Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area along Lake Ontario, east of the city of Oswego.

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Mexico Point -- Little Salmon River, Lake Ontario, Mexico Bay

According to Capt. Gerry Bresadola of B & B Sportfishing Charters:

Fishing in the Bay has been fair at best. It has been fair around the usual Bay honey holes like Catfish, the Condos, Sage and Snake Creeks; better if you motor over to the buoy line and troll to the west. The #1 stickbait continues to be black and silver and black and white Smithwick Rouges while spoons such as R & R's, Michigan Stingers and Dreamweavers are performing well. If you are serious about catching those chunky Mexico Bay browns get out there at daybreak. The early bird catches the worm and plenty of brown trout as well.

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Salmon River/Pulaski area

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

The steelhead fishing continues to be good in the river. Look for dropbacks throughout the river. Fish the fast water with eggs, worms, big flies, jigs, and spinner plugs. The water level has been running at 350cfs and is expected to remain there through Monday.

According to Dave Wood of Woody's Tackle:

The brown trout fishing has been good along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Look in 8-10 ft. of water at the break of dawn and move out to 20-30 ft. as the day goes on. Spoons off the downriggers fished 5-7 ft. off the bottom back about 100 ft. seems to be working well.

For Salmon River Water levels, click here.

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Oneida Lake

The northern pike bite has been good on the pond. Live minnows and trolling with plugs such as Rapalas are good choices. Panfish are active taking minnows and jigs.


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Sandy Pond

According to Dave Wood of Woody's Tackle Shop:

Panfish are active on Sandy Pond with a good crappie bite and you will likely find some activity with blue gills soon. The walleye and northern pike season opened on Saturday. Minnows and jigs are good choices of bait.



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