Lake Ontario out of Oswego Harbor 10/13
Got out here for around 5 + hours of fishing on my own starting around noon. I hadn’t been out here since mid-May, but since then the City of Oswego has done some renovations at Wright’s Landing. The booth where you’d pay your launch fees on the way in has been replaced by a larger building closer to the ramps that has bathrooms and more space. More “improvements” are on the way.
The other surprise to me was the water temperatures. I was hoping for some cooler water but the temps in the harbor were in the upper 60s. The lake was in the mid-60s. A few boats were working the harbor both slow-trolling apparently and drifting. I’m not sure if they were targeting salmon or walleyes or what – a smaller boat appeared to be perch fishing. I’ve never heard of perch in that harbor but there’s no reason there wouldn’t be any in there.
I hooked a couple bass, landing one and then headed out into the lake. It took a while but I did manage to find some smallmouths out there. I landed 5 or 6 fish out in the lake and lost a beauty. The fish I lost may have been in the 5 to 6lb range. I’d just landed a bass around 16″ when I got another hit in the same area. I set the hook and reeled down on the fish and it felt like another small one. Only thing is that the fish was swimming towards me and I had a tough time catching up with it and bearing down on it. Next thing I know it accelerated right past me and went to jump. I was sure it must have been a big brown trout or some kind of salmonid, but it was a mega-smallmouth! The jump gained the bass his freedom as my tube jig sailed back at me! Spectacular fish and probably the most memorable battle I’ve had from a smallmouth bass in my life that I can remember. I just was in awe that a bass could pull off a run and fight like that – smallies aren’t known for steelhead like runs, but this one came pretty close to that!
Best bass of my afternoon was a 19″er. Water temps were warm out on the lake and I had 65 degrees down 40’+ which is as deep as I took a temperature at. When I was pulling out, a fishing guide and his clients were at the ramp. They’d been trolling the turn-basin and caught one King. Back in the 1990s I remember casting crankbaits in the turn basin and hooking salmon. That was a lot of fun! It doesn’t seem to be like that anymore with diminished numbers of salmon out there now.
19" Lake Ontario Smallmouth
Yes – it was hot out there!
Open Dates: I don’t have a whole lot of openings left so book now if interested. November is an iffy month for fishing and I don’t want to book it too heavily in case I have to shuffle some dates around.
October is completely booked.
November: 14th, 25th – 30th.
December: This month is wide open but it’s best to plan something more spur of the moment given the typical weather. However, I am happy to pencil in tentative dates.
2022: Now’s a great time to book trips for next season! I have my calendar at hand.