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04/29/2018
2018 Lake Ontrio Trout and Salmon Fishing Season Underway
April Report..., Browns, Lakers, Kings, Domestic Rainbows, Steelhead, and Atlantics
Contents:
Brown Trout


Kim, with one of 17 browns boated on April 21, 2018.

With weather colder and windier than normal, brown trout fishing has ranged from red hot to tough with most trips producing limits or near limits of browns in the morning. Fishing in the afternoons has been tougher.

Conditions as of April 29 are more like typical conditions in early April. Offshore surface water temp is near 37 degrees. Oswego Harbor temp rose from 39 degrees on April 13 to 48 degrees on 4/22 but will be dropping now with today snow/rain mix and an air temp of 35 degrees.

The good thing..., nearshore brown trout fishing in shallow water will last until June, barring a heat wave, which actually would be most welcome.


Lake Trout


Got lakers? You bet, all you want through at least the end of May, I'm guessing. Lake trout fishing in deep water has been gangbusters. First trip out for them with Rob Tobin and his fishing buddy Rob the first 3 lakers boated were between 14 and 19 lbs.

Rob with a nice laker he released.

King Salmon


Dan Rila boated this April king salmon, mmm, mmm!

The first king salmon boated aboard the Fish Doctor this spring was landed on April 23. There are always kings around in late April, but you have to fish for them.

Altum 12 Reels


Just put 10 new Altum 12 digital line counter reels on board and have fished them on 10 trips in April so far. Working great. Thelarge line capacity, 300 yds. of 10 lb. Berkley/Trilene mono is a nice cushion if a big king or monster brown hooks up. The lighted line counter is NICE in early morning. The Synchro feature, which lightens the drag slightly when the reel handle is backed off 1/4 turn is HUGE for setting riggers.

The Altum 12 spooled with 10# Berkley/Trilend Solar mono..., perfect for fishing multiple lines on planer boards.

Hardyt April Fish Doctor Anglers


A nice brown on a coldddd morning.

Weather ranged from perfect to crappy in April. To those folks who fished those crappy days and still caught fish..., SALUTE!, and thanks for hanging in their with me.


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