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



Hi All,
A lot of you have already received our newsletter in the mail. If you haven't and want to, email us your mailing address and we will add you to are list. We just got done cleaning up the 4 feet of snow and now at 9 pm it is 12 below zero! Hopefully winter will ease its grip a little in the near future. When conditions have been good, winter steelheading has been good. We have had a good flurry of bookings in the last few weeks and dates in April,August & October are already getting scarce. I hope everyone is staying warm & safe so far this new year. When you get a chance drop us a line

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon river has not been red hot, but it has been fairly steady. There has been a mix of darker fish upriver and a slow but steady flow of fresh, brighter fish migrating through the lower river. 

There has also been a wide variety of sizes, from slobs pushing 20 pounds or more, to small dime bright fish in the 1 to 2 pound class & everything in between. Our slowest trip has been 2 hook ups and our best has been 10. We did our damage casting sacs, but some days the pluggers have done very well. The steelhead have been very particular to color on different days. So if your not getting bites, keep changing till you find the color of the day. The water level was perfect at 725 cfs for quite a while, but dropped to 350 cfs a couple of days ago. 
The weather has been on the snowy side with temps in  the 20 to 30 degree range. And even zero to the teens on clear nights. The forecast is to warm up near 40 towards the end of this week. The Oswego river has not seen as many steelies yet, but has had a few. And after a late salmon run, the Brown trout have been keeping most fisherman happy. When the water levels are right, the tribs north of the salmon river have been fishing well.

 We want to apologize for our infrequently updated fishing report. After a very busy and successful season, we are going to try and keep it updated. Stay tuned to our website for our new photo album of the season.
-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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