Lake Ontario: When the wind hasn't been too bad and anglers have been able to get out they were getting some nice brown trout. Trolling near shore with stick baits or small spoons continued to work well. Fishing with side planers has helped on the days with less wind, as has fishing early in the morning. Good colors have been black and silver, blue and silver, and lures with some orange on them (like fire tiger). There were reports from anglers that when cleaning some of the browns they have been finding round gobies in their stomach, so it may pay to also try some goby-colored baits. There have been a few Atlantic salmon, lake trout, and Chinook salmon caught by anglers targeting the brown trout.
Oneida Lake: A good starting point for walleye would be in shallow water around stream or river mouths, or around shallow shoals. Chain pickerel season also kicks off on May 2. Oneida Lake has an abundant pickerel population, with many quality size fish, 20 inches or more. Look for pickerel in 5 to 10 feet of water, and just about any lure will work. Using lures with a single hook though, like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, jigs or swimbaits makes unhooking them much easier. For anglers taking advantage of the catch-and-release bass season, try 5 to 10 feet of water with jigs, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Bullhead were being taken along the shore and in the bays on worms and leeches. Black crappie fishing is often good this time of year in Toad Harbor, but no reports yet.
Oswego River: The river was down at last look and at a flow that should make fishing from shore much easier. There were still steelhead and brown trout being taken in the river. Walleye season is now open; fishing with jigs or large stick baits usually works well for the Oswego River walleye.
Salmon River: Look for steelhead in the riffle areas or holding in the deeper pools. There were still some steelhead spawning in the riffle areas, as well as dropbacks that have finished spawning and are now working their way back to the lake. These fish are often very hungry after the rigors of spawning. Good baits are egg sacs (blue or chartreuse mesh), streamers, pink Powerbait trout worms, or good old night crawlers.
Sodus and Irondequoit bays: Northern pike season opened May 2; try stick baits, spinnerbaits, spoons or large minnows under bobbers. Bullhead fishing has really picked up in the bays with the warmer weather, with worms or leeches both working well. This can also be a good time for black crappie and yellow perch fishing in the bays.
Sandy Pond: No new information for the pond. Hopefully, with walleye and northern pike season now open there will be something to report next issue. Try stick baits, spoons or large minnows fished under bobbers for the northerns. For walleye, also try stick baits, along with jigs and crankbaits. Bullhead fishing should heating up now from shore for the night crawler crowd.