Capt. Dave Wilson's Fishing Charters
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Here we are in the last few weeks of August, this summer has gone by quickly. The mornings on the lake are much cooler than they were last week but the fishing has gotten a little hotter. The Kings are right in the front door of the harbor. We have also had some nice Coho’s mixed in with some catches. We have been working 85 to 120 foot of water.

 

This is what we have been doing. The bite has been all on flies. The Atomic glow hammer as been our best fly. We have tried a few other things but the salmon are not in the mood to attack the slow troll tactics yet. Most of the fish are still on the feed. Everything has been normal speeds, 2.2 to 2.4, 20 to 30 foot off the ball. All of the attractors we have been using are Echips or Spinnie’s.

 

A little update on the lake wide LOC derby. The first day of the derby we placed 4, yes 4, fish on the board. We weighed in a 25.13, 26.09, 27.05 and a 30.06. That is a 27.08 average. Like I’ve said, we have HUGE fish this season. The 30.06 was in first place at the time. Just for being the largest fish weighed in it won $100.

 

So things are going to be real busy the next few weeks. You probably will not see another report for awhile. There are just so many hours in a day. If you have a trip scheduled during the LOC and you want to be in the derby, you need to get your tickets the night before. They can be purchased at loc.org and everyone in your party has to have one. If you don’t have a trip booked and are thinking about it now is the time to do it. I have a couple dates left open in the next few weeks. Hope to see you on the water.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

www.captdavewilson.com

I’ve gotten a few complaints that is has been so long since the last report. I’m sorry for that. Here is a recap of the last few weeks with some photos. The last two weeks will be remembered as the two weeks of constant wind change, which is usually not the case. It was this year. Every day we fished it was it was in a different area. Some days we would go after Browns. Some trips the people just wanted to fish for salmon. Other days the customers just wanted fish. We produced every day but some days were harder than others.

 

 

 

Some people have been asking about the Brown Trout bite. The Brown fishing is just about over for the year. The fish are still there but they just don’t want to play anymore. We may catch some while fishing for salmon, but they are few and far between. This season was the most successful season for Brown trout over 11lbs. I have ever had. It truly shows Lake Ontario is a world class fishery.

 

 

So here is the good news. Over the last few nights Kings and Cohos have been moving into 100 to 200 foot of water and the fishing has really picked up. I have not fished the last couple of days but I’m always in contact with friends on the lake. Things are good. I will be back out soon. On our last trip we saw them and a few wanted to play. This year I expect one of the heaviest average weight salmon catches ever. One reason is the size of the Browns and the other is most of the early adults have been around 24lbs. Last year the average was 21.

 

 

 

Don’t forget the LOC Derby starts in a few weeks. We are busy then but I still have some dates open. If you can’t make the derby I will be fishing this year until the last week of September. Hope to you on the lake soon.

 

The 2010 seasons continues. We have been experiencing all sorts of different conditions on the lake. We have fished in 60 feet of water one day and 600 the next. Yesterday we fished 14 miles from home and we were 9 miles off shore. We caught a mixture of Steelhead, Kings, Browns and our first Coho of the season. All I have is a picture of the Steelhead because most of the fish were released.

 

In the next few weeks we will be done fishing for the trout and we will start fishing strictly for Kings. The Kings have not started staging yet but they will be real soon.

 

 

 

We have continued to fish a combination of flies and spoons. Some days we have to fish tight to the bottom and other days we have been fishing the thermocline. One of the things I have tried, this July, is running lighter line than I usually do. It has cost us some tackle, but it seems that our catches have produced some larger trout. One night we had 5 browns over 11 lbs., the largest being 15.

 

Don’t forget about the Fall LOC Derby coming up. It is a $20,000 prize for the largest fish caught during the derby and they also pays many places for each species of trout and salmon. Every year we have had a fish that would have placed in the top 10. We have not always had someone with a derby ticket. I do have a few openings left during this time if there is an interest. Hope to see you on the water soon.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

 

Things have not only been hot on shore recently, it is also been hot out on the lake. The fishing that is. We have been fishing for a mixture of fish. The Kings, Browns, Steelhead and Atlantics have been very cooperative. We have been fishing from the Five Pipes just to the east of the harbor to the west end of the college. Some days we are in 250 foot of water and other days we are in 85 feet, like yesterday. It all depends on which way the wind blows. The wind on the lake can move these fish several miles in one night so it is very important to know how to read it.

We have been pretty much beating up on the same school for a week now. Flies have been the ticket on most days but every once in a while it is a spoon bite. Michigan Stingers have been very hot. Either the regular or the stingray size. Glow in the morning and brighter colors as the day progress, if the sun is out. 

We have a few weeks to go before the Kings start to stage in front of the river. We have been trolling pretty quick to catch the fish that are on the feed. We have been fishing in water that is 61 degs. and colder. As soon as the staging starts we will put the brakes on and troll as slow as we can.

 

 

Don’t forget about the Fall LOC Derby coming up. It is a $20,000 for the largest fish caught during the derby and they also pays many places for each species of trout and salmon. I do have a few opening left during this time if there is an interest. Hope to see you on the water soon.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

www.captaindavewilson.com

The last few trips on the lake will be ones that will always be remembered. Friday we fished for Kings again. We found them in 250 to 350 foot of water just east of the harbor. A 5 minute ride from the dock. We ran four rods with spoons and the other four with flies. In the six hours we were out we did nine Kings and one 12lb. steelhead. The memorable part was we caught the fish below. This king hit the wire at 275 out with a spin doctor/ fly combo. It ran us out to 600 feet when we saw it jump. I knew it was a good one because it looked huge from 200 yards away. The fish came in after a little chasing it down and 20 minutes later. It weighed 29.0 and was 43.5 inches long. It is the largest fish we have ever caught in the month of June.

 

The next day was a little better fishing, not to take anything away from the day before. We started out in the same area where the kings were and could not find anything to hang our hat on. So we went into 200 foot and found everything we needed. We had 21 strikes and landed 11 Kings, 2 Steelies, 2 Browns and one Atlantic Salmon. An Atlantic is one of the most rare fish in the lake. We usually catch them in the spring and they are 2 to 4 pounds. This one was 17 lbs. I have been fishing the lake since I was 4 and have never seen an Atlantic like this one. The customers wonder why Conner and I were so excited when this fish hit the deck. It is a once in a life time fish.

 

 

As you can see the fishing is “fintastic”. The other adult kings we have been catching are above average in weight for this time of year. We are going to have some tackle busters this summer. If you are looking for some trophy fishing this is the summer to do it. The fish are just HUGE.

 

 

Tight Lines,

 

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

www.captaindavewilson.com

 

Hello from the clear warming waters of Lake Ontario. The trout fishing has continued, but we have had to go a little deeper to find them. We have been hanging out in 20 to 60 foot of water to find some Browns. The inside game is just about over. The water is getting a little too warm and clear. It is also full of Bass on their beds. So our approach is a little different. We have been running 100 foot coppers. These will get down around 20 foot with a spoon on them. The riggers and lead-core have also worked well.

 

 

The typical day has been fishing on the inside for a few hours for Browns and then going out for Lake Trout on the bottom while running some high lines for Rainbows and Steelhead.

The brown fishing in the last few trips has not been as productive as it should be. The biggest issue we have is too much bait. The fish are there but they stuffed. This happens every year for a few days and then it is back to normal. One nice thing is we have got a few monsters Browns. The fish above is just over 14lbs and the one below is 11.5 lbs. They make the other trout on the board look like bait. One thing I will say about this year is I’ve caught more and seen more Browns between 10 and 15 pounds then I’ve ever seen in the spring time. There will be some 20lb Browns caught this July, if they are this big now.

 

 

Speaking of the summer. It is time to start thinking about salmon fishing. We will start fishing them very soon. If you have a date in mind that you would like give me a call and I will get you in the book. Hope to see you on the water.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

www.captaindavewilson.com

 

 
May 7, 2010
 

It is time to talk about some amazing fishing up on the lake. We have been fishing west of Oswego for the last week. The trips have been starting in front of the famous food joint, Rudies, continuing to the west end of the Junkyard. The Junkyard is really not what is sounds like. It is a large sanddune with two very old cars half way down the dune. 

 

We have been in 8 to 20 foot of water depend on the conditions.  Most of our fish have been coming off the surface. Black and silver Smithwicks, both the small and regular size have been the ticket. We have been seeing some bait show up, which is always a good sign. The bait should be spawning in the next few weeks. 

 

Just about every trip this spring we have landed a Brown that has been pushing 10lbs. This has never been the case. Our fish are huge this year. It shows how healthy our lake is.  We did manage to take one the largest Browns we have ever taken in the month of May on Wednesday. He was 28.25 inches long, 18.75 inches around and 13.5 lbs. What a Brown and an amazing battle. For such a big Brown he spent a lot time jumping.

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I would also like to give you an update on the net pens. The water in the marina hit 62.5 degs on Friday so it was time to let the little ones go. The Steelhead were let go in the marina, 22,000 of them, and the Kings, 40,000, were brought out in the lake and released. The Steelhead were 4 to 6 inches and the Kings were 2 to 3 inches. Those Kings will average 21 lbs. in 3 years. It gives you a idea of what eating machines they really are.

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Speaking of the Kings, I know it is May but one of the things to think about is the Salmon season that is just around the corner. Trips have been booking since last season. So if you have a date in mind that you would like to go out on, let me know and I will get it in the book. Another date to keep in mind is June 26 and 27. This is free fishing week end in NY State you do not need a license to fish.

 

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

 

 

April 24, 2010

The charters for the 2010 season have begun. We have been fishing in 6 to 10 feet of water from the Oswego Harbor to Four Mile Point. A couple of spoons off the riggers and Smithwicks off the boards. Friday’s trip had the best conditions. We had 53 degree water on the shore and a real good stain. The plugs we used were black/silver, brown/black and blue/sliver. The best troll was 2.1 on the GPS.  We had about 20 strikes and landed 13 browns and one throw-back Atlantic Salmon. 

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Saturdays fishing was not as successful. A strong wind blew from the East all night and into the afternoon of Saturday. And as the old saying goes “when the wind comes from the East the fishing is the least”. I will say we had our shots. The total in two trips was 13 Browns on and 5 landed. It absolute amazes me how a wind switch can change our water so much. The temp went down 3 degrees and the water was as clear as it could be. With the bright sun the Browns need sun glasses to see us. The great thing about the wind now is it has been from the right direction for the last 3 days. Strong NW winds have been pounding the shore line of the lake since Sunday night. The mud line goes out better than a half and mile. It should be  great fishing the next several days and we have rain coming this weekend.  

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I going to try to put out a report once a week. I’m getting this one out later than I anticipated. Things have been pretty busy. I did have a cancellation for a trip on this Saturday morning , if you’re interested  please call or email me. See you on the water.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716

 

 
April 19, 2010
 
 

Spring is here and so are our Brown trout. We did a shake down trip on Sunday morning. It was the latest morning start  we will have all season. We left the dock at 9:15, ran the boat around in the harbor for ten mintues to get some fresh air back into the lungs of the engines. Then we set the rods.  The harbor water is 53 degs and had a perfect stain to it. It only took a matter of a few minutes before we were locked-up with our first Brown. A Gobbie colored Smithwick off the boards 130 feet back. In the next two hours we managed 8 Browns, one Steelhead and a Rainbow. Our spread was 6 board-lines and 3 riggers. The rigger lines were down 3, 4 and 5 feet. There was no hot item but the lures had to have orange in them to get a strike.  One thing that is noticeable in the photos below is the girth of the Browns. These fish are about 2lbs. bigger then average. The browns we landed ranged from 3 to 9 pounds. There is a lack of  pictures due to the fact we released most of the trout, four were kept. They never got taken out of the net just back into the water. Fun for a later date.

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 I forgot, one other fish that we did catch, that has never seen the deck of the boat in all the years that I’ve fished the Lake.  A Muskie. They are called the fish of a million casts. For me it is a million trolls. He took a small Razor Spoon made by R&R. We didn’t measure him, for the safety of the fish, but a good guess is 36 to 40 inches. Another great memory. I only know of one other Muskie that was caught out of our marina several years ago. It made a great start to our season.

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Charters start this week. If you have been thinking about experiencing our Spring fishery on Lake Ontario it looks like it is going to be another good year for some overweight Browns. These trout are only going to pack on the pounds in the next several weeks feeding on the bait that is coming into spawn. Now is the time to get the dates that will work into your schedule.

  

Tight Lines,

Capt. Dave Wilson

315-481-5716