Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report – May 27, 2021

West Marine

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

The 36th Annual Niagara County Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is ready to be held out of Wilson and Olcott June 4 and 5 for both professional and amateur teams. For the pros, it is the first 12 tournament-legal fish to weigh in each day with scoring based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. For the Amateur Division, 5 tournament legal fish may be brought to the scales at Krull Park in Olcott each day. Teams can register up to May 31 without a late fee. Go to or call Penny Hartman at 628-2361. Don’t forget about the Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo Memorial 3-fish, 1-fish contest on June 3, the perfect warm up for the Pro-Am. You don’t have to be fishing in the Pro-Am to compete in this fun contest, but you must be registered by 7 a.m. the morning of the contest. Weigh in will take place at Clark’s Park in Wilson starting at 3 p.m. For more info call Mike Johannes at 523-1727. Speaking of Capt. Mike, he reports that the lake around Wilson and Olcott seems to be in a temperature transition due to the quick rise of surface temperatures. This is making the fishing tough. Fish can be seen on the electronics but due to the overabundance of bait in this western basin of the lake, it has been tough to get a lot of bites. It has been best to work the water just outside of the bait schools. The bait is around the 100-foot mark, so try and seek out salmon and trout in 150 to 200 feet of water. Some fish are being caught 100 feet or more down while some Coho are still being caught in the top 20 feet of water. The best program has been to both a deep and high spread. Cut bait behind large paddles has been good down deep; bright colored spoons on short lead core lines have been catching Coho salmon. The salmon fishing out on the Niagara Bar has slowed down. Fish are in deeper, colder water right now.

white bass
Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls shows off a chunky white bass from the lower Niagara River.
Mike Ziehm
There are still a few lake trout left in the lower Niagara River like this one caught by Mike Ziehm of Niagara Falls. Rising water temperatures are pushing trout back into the lake.

Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors reports that the lake fishing has been tough the past week. Fish are scattered there in 200 to 260 feet of water with a mix of Cohos, kings, steelhead, and lake trout. The Wilson Short Pier is currently closed and is fenced off. In Wilson and Olcott harbors, action has been on and off for catfish, perch, bluegills, and big northern pike. There has been some action at Burt Dam on bass.

Team Mister Squirrelly
Team Mister Squirrelly led by Jon Forder of Waterport won the second day of the Wilson Harbor Invitational with this salmon catch out of Wilson.
Tim Andrus salmon
Tim Andrus of Barker shows off one of the salmon he caught with Capt. Mike Johannes of On The Rocks Charters while filming a show for Rush Outdoors.

In the Niagara River, fishing has slowed down a little bit as the fishery goes through a transition from spring to summer in the lower river. Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston reports that anglers are catching a lot of smallmouth bass from Artpark all the way up to the Whirlpool. Boaters are catching them at the traditional spots like the clay banks and around the Fort at Youngstown. There are still a few steelhead up at the NYPA platform and in Devil’s Hole, as well as some lake trout. Jigs and spinners will both catch you fish from shore. White bass action has been good off the platform for casters. Some of the dreaded moss is starting to show up, a bit early this year.

Oswego County

Report is Courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning

Oswego River Report

Spring and summer mean bass on the Oswego River. Anglers also target carp, walleye, and pan fish. Occasionally a summer run steelhead or Atlantic salmon is spotted in the mix too.

Our recommendation for walleye is to fish on the west side, between the two bridges, especially at night. Most walleye setups will get the job done.

Please check our website for the current CFS, and check back in mid-August for the fall salmon report.

Please Consider the Following Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department
offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure

Click here for the current water flow

Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River Report:

Things are certainly winding down as far as drop backs go. Water temperatures are remaining cool, offering some leisure for the remaining steelhead on their ride back home.

Spring means bass on the Salmon River. Smallmouth are bedding up and can be very aggressive. Our biggest recommendation is to try a lot of pockets and keep moving throughout the day. They’ll hit anything from a juicy fly to a crank bait.

Please check our website for the river CFS, and check back in mid-August for the fall salmon report.

Lake Ontario Report:

The lake is in transition mode. Conditions have been favorable for fishing. However keep your eyes on the weather for the weekend.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Ed Monette of Cannonball Runner Charters.

Fishing remains a grind for all species of salmonoids. Salmon can be taken from 70 to 250 feet of water. Michigan Stinger spoons and A-Tom-Mik flies are taking the majority of fish.

Brown trout and be taken on Smaller Michigan Stinger spoons the colors are varied depending on where you are fishing and the color of the water. Light line is still the ticket.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Matt Bell of Blackjack Charters out of Mexico Point NY.

Lake conditions have been relatively calm with nothing over 3′ in the past week. We have some North winds forecasted up to 20 knots which may help.

Both our boats have devoted portions of our trips targeting Brown Trout but we usually come up short. We have been catching a few Salmon on rigs ranging from 3 color Suffix lead core to 400 coppers in deeper water (120-150 feet), just North of Sandy Pond.

The surface temps are avg. We’re seeing mid to high 50s and we have found some breaks of 5-7deg. In the 25-35′ range. Still, we continue to use our boards to help use multiple cores and coppers to cover the whole column in order to generate bites.

The lake trout continue to move around North of the pond and have kept us on the move to get our limits. Standard 4/0 Hammerhead Cowbells are the hot item. Cleaning fish has showed many to be full of as many as 15 alewives. There has been a large wall of bait in 180-220 feet, just North of the Salmon River.

Tight lines and Safe fishing everyone!

Oneida Lake Report:

Walleye season opened the second weekend of May, and with an average depth of 22’ bass can be caught throughout most of the lake. We recommend first-timers who are targeting bass to try the mouth of the Oneida River as well, since it’s easy to identify where the cover is.

Check out our website for more information on charters.

Sandy Pond Report:

The main points of access for Sandy Pond are: Greenpoint, “The Elms,” Wigwam, and the new DEC launch at Stanley Drive.

Popular species throughout the summer include bullhead, crappie, pan fish, northerns, bass, walleye, and the occasional pickerel.

Check back with us in January for our ice fishing report.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

Another tough week for browns, although a few hit the nets near Bear Creek. They were in 20 fow. There have been plenty bait balls in 150 fow-down 80.

Some steelhead and spring kings have been on 200 fow straight out from Sodus Bay. They are hitting spoons and flasher flies.

Low water conditions have made close-to-shore trolling tricky. If you are trying for browns beware of ledges while fishing the points.


Anglers are catching crappies and bullheads from Bay Bridge at the south end of Sodus Bay. Use worms or grubs for the bullheads and bright jigs tipped with spikes for crappies.

Crappies and rock bass are being caught in Port Bay at the south end. Crappies are suspended five feet down over 15 feet of water.

You can launch small cartop boats or kayaks at the south end of East Bay at the Slaught Road ramp. There are plenty of panfish in the creek and largemouth bass in the bay. Bass season opens the third Saturday in June (20th) with a five fish 12-inch regulation.

The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing

Erie Canal

The water level at Widewaters is perfect for launching a boat at the Wayne County Park west of Newark on Route 31.

They are catching fish and release bass and panfish near the Port Gibson Bridge.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2021 canal hours. (There will be no fees for the 2021 canal boating season.) May 21st is the scheduling for the canal opening. Hours are 7 am till 5pm. Stay informed with the below web page.

Safety Precautions from DEC

While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines (leaves DEC’s website) for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.

New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.

Orleans County


Capt. Jeremy Sage from JD’s Custom Charters.
We set down in 80-90 and put her on a NW to go cover some water- we had our first action around 180 and ended up fishing 210-180 most the day. A 3 mile troll in and out of that zone- landing 11 for 15 with a couple double headers! Kings, Coho and Steelies up to 8-9 lbs. No major screamers today but good action on short cores 3-4-5s and riggers 40 and up with free sliders.

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Trib Report from Scott Feltrinelli from Ontario Fly Outfitters
Great fly fishing the past few weeks in the tributaries to the east. Slowing a bit now as it gets warmer. May is always a crowd pleaser if you like to fish for Perch. The entire Lake Ontario shoreline is full of Perch during the month of May. Fly fishing for them is great fun.

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