Captain's LogWhen I was born, my father was in the marina business, which meant working 7 days a week during the summer.  So when my mother was sick & tired of me and it was my fathers turn to watch me, it usually meant going to work with him. Since he was very busy, I frequently found myself tied to the end of a dock and left with a fishing pole & some bait. Although I realize many liberals and slick lawyers would label this as child abuse nowadays, I can't say I minded! Ever since, my love for fishing and the outdoors has remained strong.
    I will use this page to bring you fishing reports, update you on upcoming events, and inform you on issues important to our fishery. Also watch for pictures & reports on our latest fishing trips!
    I will apologize to everyone in advance, when we get to busy times in our fishing schedule, I know the web site won't be as up to date as we would all like.

                                                                                    -Captain Tom




Over the last week of March the Salmon river and many eastern basin tributaries went to the tops of their banks with rain & melting snow. As of April 1st water levels were receding. 

The Salmon river was still high (3000 cfs) but should continue to drop over the next few days, unless we receive significant rainfall. Overnight temps have dropped down to the teens, slowing the snowmelt. Small tribs north of the river are dropping to very fishable levels. 
There were good numbers of fish around before water levels rose, and should be even more as levels recede.  Catch rates will depend only on conditions. Water level, water temps, water clarity and fishing pressure. Water temps should be near the point where they will slowly rise now that a majority of the snow has melted and the ice has started to clear on the reservoirs. 

 With high water flushing the rivers, water clarity should also be good. A majority of the spring fish have now entered the tribs.  These fish will either be spawning on the gravel bars, or dropping back towards the lake and holding in the deeper pools. 
The weather is predicted to be moderate for the next week with on and off showers and flurries and temps from the mid 20's to high 40's. These pictures are from just before & during the water rise!
-Capt. Tom
(315) 298-2500

 Click here for details and pictures from the 2001 Pro-Am tournament

Cormorant's may be on the run!     New York congressmen John McHugh will testify on cormorant overpopulation before the House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation.
    McHugh has introduced a bill that would establish a cormorant hunting season to control the bird that is "wreaking havoc all across this nation" he said.
     All I can tell you from personal observations is that for a number of years the cormorant population seemed to grow & grow, with a large number taking up residence on the Oswego harbor breakwalls on a daily basis. Last year after a few took the law into their own hands and shot a small percentage of the birds, there was a noticable difference in cormorant sightings. Not only was their population down slightly, but they obviously no longer felt comfortable flying & feeding to close to humans. This year with no one bothering them, they have been back with a vengeance. Many times this spring we were trolling within 50 yards of huge flocks of the birds!
    Like everything in nature cormorants serve a purpose and should not be eliminated. However their numbers should not be allowed to get out of control either.

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