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2015 should be another great season for trout and salmon in the Oswego area.
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MidJune King Salmon Bite!!!  

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Just like last season, when the alewives moved inshore in midJune, the kings moved in right behind them. Fishing recently for king salmon in 120 to 180 feet of water off Oswego has been gangbusters. Fish Doctor anglers have also been catching steelhead, rainbows, and occasional lake trout and Atlantic salmon. In the last three trips on June 23, (blowoff 6/24), 25 and 26 kings were boated up to 22 lbs.

This inshore king salmon/steelhead bite will last as long as spawning alewives remain inshore. Once these forage fish spawn and disperse offshore, the trout and salmon will disperse with them. Photo, left, Val and "Sammy" with a dandy boated on 6/26/17.

Unusually Good Rainbow Trout Fishing  
Every season Fish Doctor anglers boat a few domestic rainbow trout, “football” shaped”, short, fat fish similar to browns, but this season we have seen at least 4 times as many rainbows as usual. Normally, one, maybe two at most might be boated per trip, but this year we’ve boated up to 5 rainbows in one trip.

Because of the abundance of yearling alewives, just like the browns, growth rate of rainbows is off the charts this year. With a minimum size limit of 21 inches, in previous seasons only a few of the rainbows caught by the end of May were legal. This year, however, by the end of May rainbows were averaging 22 – 23 inches.

A common question I hear is, “What is the difference between domestic rainbow trout and steelhead. Well, besides the fact that they look different, the domestic rainbow trout being short and fat like a browns and the steelhead being longer and leaner, they are genetically different. Many generations of domestic rainbows have been in the hatchery system, sincethe late 1800s when Seth Green started(1864) the first fish hatchery in the western hemisphere at Caledonia, NY.

In contrast, ocean run steelhead, from the Pacific, were first transplanted to Lake Ontario in the early ‘70s.

Interesting that with 500,000 steelhead and only 75,000 rainbows stocked in Lake Ontario each year, we're catching many more rainbows than steelhead so far this season. Photo, left, with a 10 lb. rainbow.

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Salt Ice  

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A fish eater myself, I know that proper care of fish from the moment they hit the deck until they go in the “pan” is the only way to produce good eating fish of any kind. That’s why on my boat today, unless thing are to hectic in the cockpit, ever trout and salmon is bled and rinsed before going in the cooler on ice, salt ice.

Salt ice? Yup, salt ice, 3 heaping tablespoons of salt to a one gallon jug of water. The reason…, salt ice freezes at a colder temperature than unsalted ice. Even after 6 hours in a cooler of fish, when I finish cleaning fish onboard and pull the 1-gallon salt ice jugs out to rinse them the liquid in the cooler is frozen to the bottom of the jugs.

Keep fish colder in the cooler and they will stay fresh longer. Photo, right, a couple of 1-gallon jugs of salt ice kept this cooler of kings and steelhead cool for 6 hours on 6/25/17.

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We still have some morning and afternoon openings on weekdays in July and August if you need some water therapy and fresh king salmon filets!!! We also had a recent cancellation on the 4th of July weekend.

With 39 years experience on Lake Ontario I welcome you onboard for a day of water therapy.

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