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Lake Ontario Fishing Report - May 16, 2023

Busy, busy, busy! I apologize for the lack of reports, but we have been spending a lot of time in the boats and not a lot of time in the office. Today, I finally had a blow off day to update the report!

Lake Update:

This past week we have experienced warmer weather and with that, warmer lake temperatures. The Brown Trout seemed to have completely left the shallow waters of the bay, most are now in the 25-35' range. However, after this big blow who knows where they will end up! The main lake is now up to around 49-50 degrees in most places. The nutrient rich water of the Oswego River which has been flowing above and beyond normal flows this Spring, seems to have attracted both bait and Spring King Salmon. If you are fishing this week/weekend please watch the marine forecast and wind speed/directions it could get sporty out there really quick.

Fishing Report:

Instead of doing a report for each species, I will do a condensed report in general. Right now the Brown Trout bite is pretty fickle with only a few fish being caught in most scenarios. Fishing the 25-35' range seems to be the best area to cover. The King Salmon are being caught in anywhere from 30' to 200'. The name of the game is to cover water, find biting fish and stay on them. The best baits seem to be Stingray sized spoons in NBK, Fat Nancy, Black Widow, Green Tux UV, and Green Gator UV. We have been getting a lot of fish on riggers, but short coppers and longer lead core lines have been taking fish as well. Dipsy divers have also taken a few fish. The Lake Trout seem to be hanging around instead of migrating up north. We have been doing well fishing 130-150' using Blue/Silver Cowbells and Chartreuse/Silver Cowbells with Lake Trout rigs from Woody's Tackle. Best Salmon speeds have been 2.3-2.5 and 1.8 for Lake Trout.

Lake Ontario Fishing Charters
Spring King Salmon caught on a Stingray Black Widow

Lake Ontario Fishing Charter
Lake Trout caught on a Stingray NBK


If you are interested in coming out and getting on some Brown Trout, Lake Trout, or King Salmon on Lake Ontario, BOOK HERE!

As always, be safe and have fun on the water!

Capt Andy

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