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Newsletter #95

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2015 should be another great season for trout and salmon in the Oswego area.
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Cure for Spring Fever…, Fishing!  

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I don’t know about you folks, but this captain is ready to GO! With the horrendous winter we’ve been having, word is spring fishing fever has spread far and wide. Despite the nasty weather, many of our Fish Doctor “warriors” have been booking spring trips, firmly believing “the early bird gets the worm!”

,To make sure fishing conditions are prime on our first trip, the earliest charter on the Fish Doctor calendar is April 14. Our charter boat will actually be in the water one week earlier for a shake-down cruise, a preseason scouting trip, and maybe a couple of charters, depending on the weather.

It’s tough to say right now what April fishing conditions will be, but it looks good, with a forecast for a snowier and colder winter than normal. Our last check showed Lake Ontario with 10% ice cover in the northeastern end of the lake. . Snow accumulation in Oswego as of Jan. 15 was 132”. The mid-January thaw settled the snow pack, increasing flow in the Oswego River. The higher the spring flow, the better the fishing.

The ultralight spring gear is good to go. Ten new Abu Garcia Altum 12 digital line counter reels loaded with 10# Berkley Hi-Vis mono mounted on our custom built Fish Doctor UL planer board and rigger rods are ready to tangle with early season browns and drag screeching kings. The new Altums are the ultimate in line counter reels, programmable for line diameter with a lighted read out and the synchro feature which lightens the drag when the reel handle is cranked backwards ¼ of a turn.
Photo, left, a mid-April king boated on ultralight tackle right off the Oswego lighthouse.

Spring Charter Openings  
If you’re thinking about a a spring trip aboard the Fish Doctor, you should contact us as soon as possible while openings are still available. Weekends tend to book up quickest, because kids are off from school and many adults are not working.

In April, several weekend afternoons are open, but all weekend mornings are booked. We still have weekday openings in April.

.In May, the weekend of 5/26 and 27, plus Memorial Day is open, along with several weekend afternoons. Weekday morning openings are available, but limited.

Photo,, right, Kim and Jay with part of their limit of browns boated on the morning of 4/22/17

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2018 LOC Derbies…, $50,000 in Grand Prizes!  

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Each season three different LOC Derbies are held on Lake Ontario, with grand prizes from $10,000 to $25,000 for the angler who boats the biggest fish. Fish Doctor anglers have won the grand prize twice, plus 1st place in the Salmon Division, 2nd place in the brown trout division, and 2nd place in the steelhead division.

The 2018 LOC Derby dates are…, Spring – May 11 to 20, Summer - June 30 to July 29, and the fall - August 17 to Sept. 3.

The grand prize for the spring, summer and fall derbies is $15,000, $10,000, and $25,000. The 1-day entry fee for youths and adults ranges from $20 to $40, depending on the derby. Each person onboard must be entered.

If you are booked with us during one of these derbies and would like to enter, or you would like to learn more about them, check at or Google “2018 LOC Derbies”.

Photo, left, a LOC Derby grand prize $20,000 check presented to Jim Hufnagel, Bill Bouck, and Capt. Ernie

Fish Doctor e-FISH-iency  
For any of our Fish Doctor anglers who will need TWO OR MORE nights of lodging, our efficiency apartment will be available again this season. The 50’ x 26’ apartment is a first floor walk-in at the rear of our home(photo, right) with parking right outside the door.

As you walk in the kitchen door, you’ll see a large picnic table on your right and a grill on your left. The recently renovated apartment has a full kitchen, living room, large bathroom with shower/tub, and one bedroom with 4 single beds, plus a fold out couch in the living room.

Five hundred feet off a town road, it’s quiet. You’ll have to share the back yard with an occasional golden retriever and our two horses which are pastured nearby. It takes 20 minutes to drive to Oswego Marina where the Fish Doctor is moored at Slip #21. Rates are $100 for 1-2 persons, $130 for 3 persons, and $160 for 4 persons.

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