Water Level: 8,120 CFS
Trout fishing is the name of the game on the Oswego River right now. Steelhead and brown trout are being caught along the entire river. Anglers venturing up near the dam are having success using Ozzy Jigs, egg sacs, and beads while anglers fishing the lower river are catching mostly brown trout on Ozzy Jigs, swimbaits, and spoons. Some anglers are starting to use night crawlers as well, which can be a big difference maker on those days when its a relatively slow trout bite. At the current flow, these trout can comfortably hold throughout the entire river. The lower east side behind the hotels and the entire west side of the river are all worth fishing this weekend.
Keep an eye on the water level over the next couple of weeks, if that flow gets below 6,000 CFS then fishing from shore should be great on the Oz! Looks like we will have a solid window of time to target dropback steelhead this spring because the river isn't blown out like it usually is in April.
The Oz is stocked up with all the essential trout gear you need for the river. Tributary trout fishing is our area of expertise, so if you are new to trout fishing or need some insight, then stop by our shop and we'll be glad to help.
Bullhead reports are starting to come in from Wright's Landing, the warm weather this weekend should present an opportunity to fish for them.
Some local anglers have been trolling for brown trout out of Oswego for a couple weeks now. Those producing the best results are trolling stickbaits and spoons in shallow water, 5 - 10 FOW. The shallower the better this time of year as bait fish are hugging tight to the shore line, thus, so are the browns. With boaters catching browns in shallow water, shore anglers have the ability to cast lures from the lake shore or break wall this time of year to catch browns also.
Wright's Landing boat launch is accessible for lake fisherman right now.
BayRat SS stickbaits and BayRat SP-2.5 spoons have been popular among anglers and effective trolling lures this spring, both of which we carry at The Oz. We also carry Jr. Thundersticks, Challengers, Smithwicks, Okuma trolling rods, Okuma trolling reels, Big Game line, planer board release clips, inline planer boards, and long extending handle nets for spring brown trout fishing on Lake Ontario. We are currently waiting on a shipment of Michigan Stinger spoons as well.
For lake fisherman interested in doing business with us, we are open to taking special orders for trolling gear if you want something we don't already have in stock.
Weather is going to be beautiful this weekend, have fun out there and good luck!