Capt. Dave Wilson's Fishing Charters
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Fishing Reports

July 28, 2007
Things have changed a bit on the lake in the last week. After the storms we have had, the wind has decided to come from the south or northeast. That changes the thermocline in the lake. A wind like this brings the thermocline closer to the surface. A week and a half ago we were fishing in 200 ft of water with the temp down 120. Now if you go to 200 ft of water the temp is down 35ft. This gives the salmon a large area to live in. But like they say: you can run but you can't hide. What I do in these conditions is make a run for the border. I don't like to but it is a must in these condition. The water is much more stable offshore 6 to 10 miles. For a week now you have to get to 400 foot of water or more before you will start marking bait and fish. The riggers have been running 60 to 85 down to find the temp we need to catch the salmon. We're still using the same stuff. Atomic flies, R&R Assassins, and a mixture of spoons. The coppers been good also for those of you that are feeling strong.
We experienced these same conditions last year about the same time. After a week of these winds mother nature got herself back together and gave us the west/northwest winds we need to bring the Kings closer to shore. These winds also give us the fish that will be running the river this fall. I expect this year's season to be similar to 2005. We spent most of September out in the lake because of the lack of rain. When the river is real low the Kings stay out in the lake longer and so do we. 
If you're looking for an August or September salmon trip give me a call. 
Tight Lines,
Capt. Dave Wilson
July 2, 2007
Well the past few trips we have been fishing just for Kings. We have run into a few Lake trout and Steelhead on the way. The Steelhead have been above the Kings and the Lakers below. We have been throwing many different tactics at them. The rigger hits have mostly been on flies down 80 to 110 feet. We have been using the copper rod with 400 foot of copper in the water, off the board, with a E-Chip and Atomic Hammer Fly. The Hammer Fly has out produced any other fly in the last week. It's being run 22 inches behind the attractor. Spoons have been working, but not as well as the flies.We have been running mag size because the Kings have had very large bait in them.
This time of year the Kings are in water from 100ft to 600ft feeding. The amount of bait that we have been seeing has been incredible. I have marked pods that are 70 to a 100 foot thick. The fish have plenty to eat this summer and to keep them in the area. By the looks of the Kings we have been landing they are very healthy. In other words FAT. We should have a high average weight again like last year. 
Hopefully the beautiful weather we have been having continues. Everyone have a safe 4th of July.
Tight Lines,
Capt. Dave Wilson
June 26, 2007
They're Here!!!!!
Well this week is always a pretty slow week for charters. Most people are busy with graduation parties or other things that have to do with the start of summer. My wife and son were out doing their thing, so I decided to go do mine. I took the opportunity to do a little fishing on my own with two friends, with my wife's permission of course. These times don't come as often as they used to, she doesn't get to see me too much from April through October. She still can't understand why I would go fishing when I don't have to. Well here are two reasons.
We left the dock at 4:30 and went right to West Nine Mile Point, towards Fairhaven. We set things up in 140ft. of water the second rod down took the salmon on the right. He was a long distance runner. He made it to 450 before he stopped. Actually that fish is a female, so before she stopped. Sorry. As the morning progressed we hooked up with 17 Kings and boated 11 of them. We had 8 adult fish in our catch. We fished from 140 to 200 foot of water. They were taking everything. The riggers, copper and the dipsy rods. The copper was out 500 with a fly. Riggers were set between 80 to 120 foot down. Dipsy's were out 270 to 325 on a #2.5 setting. By 11:30  our arms were tired so we picked things up and went to the weigh station. We weighed in the two fish above for the Summer Loc Derby. The one on the right is in 5th (23.3lbs.) and the one on the left is in 7th (22.5lbs.), tied for 6th. This is a lake wide derby that ends July 15th. Lets just hope they hold.
As you can see our King fishing has started. We will pretty much change things over to fishing for Kings now. The trips for the salmon season have been booking at a steady pace. If you are looking for a trip at a particular time of the season give me a call. Especially if its on the weekend or you need more than one boat. 
Tight Lines and Screaming Reels,
Capt. Dave Wilson
June 13,2007
Well a few things have changed out on the lake since my last report. The Brown bite is still lasting three hours or more in the morning or late afternoon and the rest of the trip we have been after Steelhead and Kings in the deeper water. The water temp is starting to warm up a little more so our fish are deeper in the water column, 40 to 60 foot. We still getting a few off the boards in the early morning but the downriggers and dipsys have been the ticket. Yes we have started to use the dipsy rods! What a strike. Everything the fish has the rod takes. There is no stretch to the line. We have had Kings hit it so hard you can't get the rod out of the rod holder. I've never had a brown hit it that hard, but I want one to.  A #3 setting with 60 to 100 foot of wire out has been the best, depending on the time of day and depth of fish. The leader is 15lb Fluorocarbon, about 10ft, and a spoon. Depending on what the water temp does, it is almost time to put the boards away for the season. Then we start fishing our six rod program instead of the 10 rod program we have been fishing since April.
Another thing that was noticed on the last trip was our bait is starting to move offshore into about 80 foot of water. Most of the bait was on the bottom with some small pods down about 40 foot. We have managed to pick up some Steelhead and small Kings on these pods, after we have beat up the browns first. With the food source offshore and the thermocline setting up our salmon season is not far off. Kings have been caught in the last week ranging from 20 inches to 23lbs. 
The trout fishing is still at its best. In the last ten trips the limit has been caught everytime. Some keeping the limit and others releasing the ones that were in good health after the battle. If your interested in Brown trout fishing, once salmon season starts, we can find them just about anytime of the year. They will live in water that is 55 to 60 degs. on the bottom throughout the summer. So if you feel to you may have missed out on Brown trout fishing, we can still catch them if that is what you are looking for.
Tight Lines,
Capt. Dave Wilson
June 4,2007
Well it's time once again to let you know what's going on up on the lake. The fishing has continued to be as exciting as it gets. The brown trout have just been throwing themselves at us. We have been fishing the Nine Mile Plant and also along the Green Can at Ford Shoals. Its been just as good at either place. We have been fishing a little deeper water now, 20 to 50 foot. In the mornings we are still taking them off the surface and as the day progresses we are getting them as far as forty feet down. The browns like to stay out of the sun so as the sun gets higher the lower we fish in the water column. The picture below of Keith, Rich and Brian was taken at 3:30 in the afternoon. We were fishing 42 foot of water in front of the plant. The 3 downriggers were 40,37 and 35 foot down when all three of them took a strike within seconds of each other. All three fish were landed.
This brown was the largest of the three, which Rich kept to get mounted. As you can there is no shortage of bait. This three year old brown has been eating well.
All the past trips the parties have caught their limit in browns and then some, and in some cases even some more. Most of the fish have been released, only keeping ones that we knew were not going to make it. That is why there is no picture this week of the rack FULL. We also have landed some really nice Steelhead and Rainbows, 10 to 12lbs, which we have been finding in 100 to 300 foot of water on the surface.
As you can see from the photo the lake was like glass over the past few days. The surface temp reached 70 degrees Saturday night. This is going to help the thermocline setup which means salmon fishing is right around the corner. By the end of the month it will be time to get all the light tackle of the boat and bring out the big guns for the Kings.
Tight Lines,
Capt. Dave Wilson
May 22,2007
Well the Brown Trout fishing is still hot out of Oswego. Our water temp has gone up a bit in the last week. The river right now is almost 60 and you can find water in the lake as warm as 52. We have been finding our fish hanging on the breaks, where the water temp rises or lowers a few degrees. So once we find a good break we beat it up until we don't get anymore strikes and then go find another break. 

Friday morning was our most productive trip of the week. We fished in 8 to 20 foot of water just outside the harbor. Here we found a 6 deg break where the river water met the lake water. The browns were all over it. This morning Mark, his daughter Jilly and their friend Mike boated over 20 browns and kept their limit of 9. The conditions that morning could not have gotten much better. The winds from the night before pushed the bait on shore and the Brown and birds were in a heavy feeding. We even caught a Sea Gull that morning and lost two more. They pick up plugs sometimes on the turns. The boards were the hot item first thing and as the sun rose higher the downriggers start to take the strikes.

We also fish the Nine Mile plant during the week. It was not as good as expected. The bait was not as heavy as the last time we went down there. We had a good break but I think the school of fish was inside the buoy line, were we can't go. We still had a good morning, just not the number we had the last time down there. We wound up with 10 of the 18 browns we had on. We had to throw 2 of them back because they were short.
The fishery off shore is getting better. The number of steelhead being caught is on the rise along with the kings. These fish are being found in 100 to 150 foot of water and they are anywhere from the surface to 60 foot down. Although the trips I did during the week were more interested in the browns fishing, offshore is an option. Our larger browns should start showing up any day. Plus the two year and three year old we are catching now have gained at least a pound in the last few weeks. They are little footballs. I saw two browns come into the marina during the week that were pushing 14lbs. So they must be on their way.
I still have some dates open for the Spring fishery if any one is interested. I spoke to a friend of mine in the DEC and he said this is the highest catch rate they have seen since they early 80's. It's not that we have more fish it's just that the conditions have been so good and consistent.
Tight Lines and Sreaming Reels,
Capt Dave Wilson


May 14, 2007

Well if you're wondering how things are on the lake I'm here to tell you excellent and I even brought a few pictures to prove it. We are still having large catches of browns with a few Steelhead and Coho's mixed in. We have been fishing anywhere from the harbor along the shoreline to the Nine Mile plant to our east. When the shore is muddy the area if front of Wine Creek to Four Mile point has been the best. The early morning and late afternoon bite is something you have to experience. Multiple number of fish on at the same time. We are still fishing the same stuff, Smithwicks and R&R spoons. Smithwicks off the boards 80 to 120 feet and the spoons off the riggers 60 to 80 foot. We had our first case of fog this year on Friday morning. It got so thick at one point it was hard to make out the planner boards in the water. It made me appreciate the new radar I installed 2 weeks ago.
On our Friday afternoon outing we left the dock at 1:30 went straight out of the harbor to 60ft and trolled east to the plant. Just before the plant we started seeing some marks coming off the bottom and taking a look at our spoons and returning to the bottom.  I knew what was taking a look at us: KINGS. I dropped the riggers 10ft each and hoped for the best. All the rods had 10lb test with 8lb leaders. Within 2 minutes we were doubled. The first King jumped right behind the boat and ran across all three lines of the planner board to the starboard side. The other ran straight back. After a 30 minute fight and a lot of excitement and directing traffic they both hit the deck. Our first Kings of the season. By the end of the night the guys landed 3 out of 7 Kings, 4 Steelhead and a Coho. We had several other strikes that came up short, probably those masters of escape, the Coho. 
Two of the group of guys above, and one other guy, not only got to experience our first kings of the year but they also got to experience one of our best brown trout trips of the season. They fished catch and release, only keeping fish that were likely to die if released, they kept 5. We got to the plant at 5:20, just before light. Where we set up the water was 44degs and I knew from the night before I needed to find 49deg water to find the fish.  After we had all six planner board lines in the water the temp start to increase trolling east. As soon as we hit the magic number every line that was in had a Brown attracted to it in a matter of minutes. This went on for pretty much the whole trip. We lost track of the amount of fish that they landed, some where between 40 and 50. Mostly browns and about 12 steelhead. I wish I had some video of the trip. It was a incredible. The guys learned how to rig the lines while Conner netted and took hooks out of fish after fish after fish. It is certainly a trip the I will never forget, though there is a piece of ever trip that is special.  
Tight Lines,
Capt. Dave Wilson




April 22, 2007

    So the 2007 season has officially started!!!!!  I got the boat in on Tuesday at 4:30pm and worked on it with Conner until 8:30 that night. This year was the first year I have put the boat in with snow still on the ground, it was only about a foot. You know, the fishing must go on. I finished things up on Wednesday night and Friday.
    Well the river is as high as predicted. There is strong current past the marina. A heavy plume of muddy water out into the lake and heading down the East shore, made me quite excited to get out and put some lines in. The opportunity came when a friend of mine called Thursday and asked what the lake was like. He was thinking about coming with another guy and fishing out of his boat on Friday. I had planned on shaking down the boat on my own, so I asked them to come along.
    So we went out for a three hour tour, and we managed to get 5 browns and a very large small mouth and drop 5 other trout. The boat ran great, all things went well. After our short trip I felt real good about the first charter of the year on Saturday.
    We left the dock at 5:45am the next morning and went back to the same spot we found the fish the day before and they weren't there. So we went into search mode for about a hour. We moved slowly to the East towards 4 mile point and found them again. As soon as we crossed the point two planner boards lines went and a rigger. I knew this was the same school that I was on yesterday and there was a lot of fish in it. By the trip's end we landed 11 of the 20 we had up and going. We let go one brown and a steelhead.  All the trout were caught on Smithwicks and R&R spoons. The riggers were 2,4,6 foot down and the plugs were on the surface. What a time we had.You could see the fish swirling on the surface when we were going through them and as soon as they struck they were jumping their way to the boat. Some of them had to jump ten times before we netted them.
    As the brown trout season progresses, more and more fish will be finding what the Oswego river has to offer them. The water conditions they like and the food source they need.  Spring fishing is a lot different then our summer fishing for salmon. We cover about 200 foot of water with nine lines that are fished from the surface to 20 foot down. If the fishing is hot, it's not unusual to have 2,3,4 sometimes 5 go at the same time. How can you beat that kind of fishing?
     I'm going to try to put out a report once a week during the season. If you know of anyone that would be interested in my reports please feel free to forward it to them or have them send me their email address and I will add them to the list. Enjoy this great weather we are having and I hope to see you all on the water soon.  
Tight lines,
     Capt. Dave Wilson


April 2007   
    Well it's been a long winter for Oswego County, but you know it's over when the marina calls and says the hibernation period for your boat has come to an end. I spent the day at the boat on Tuesday cleaning things up, making a list of things to get and anticipating the season ahead. I was planning on putting her back in the water this Sat., but I'm going to wait until this cold front goes through and do it next week sometime. I should have everything back together by next Sat. and we will fish on Sun. Last year the first day we fished was Easter so I'm a week later this year. The first charter of the season is going to be on the April 21.  We will be going out for browns


In the next week or two the DEC will be deliver us our net pen fish. Last year we (the captains of the marina) raised 40,000 Kings and 20,000 Steelhead for period of 5 weeks. When the Salmon are delivered they are about 110 to the pound and this is prior to their imprinting period. When released they are imprinted to the river and they have doubled in size. After a few years of growing on there own they average 23lbs and in the spring they are just as silver as can be. This fish was taking Mother's Day weekend last year:

I have several openings in May and June for Brown trips and of course Salmon if they are around. I have been booking trips since last Oct. for July., August. and September's Salmon season. If there is a certain period of time that you are planning on give me a call or send email, especially if you are looking for two days back-to-back. I'll be keeping you posted as the season progresses. We have several derbies to fish this year, hopefully with another win. If not, certainly with a lot of fun.
Tight Lines,
     Capt. Dave Wilson

March 2007

Well in just a few weeks the 2007 fishing season will begin and we have a lot to look forward to. This year is expected to be as good as last year if not better. The DEC reports a boomer crop of bait fish, one of the largest they have ever recorded. They have also recorded some of the largest natural hatched salmon in the past few years, due to the low water conditions in the fall. Large amounts of bait plus large amounts of salmon and trout, equals large catches for us.
     As I’m sure most of you know Oswego County made the national news for the massive amounts of lake effect snow it received in February. I made a trip up there a few days after it ended and I have never seen snow so high in my life. Snow like that will create the run off we need to produce some of the best brown trout fishing water in the country. As in past years, it will also give us a salmon fishery in 50 to 60 foot of water right in front of the river .Last year we put our first king in the boat on April 28th, 22lbs, followed by six more salmon that morning. A week later we took 1st place in the Spring LOC Derby, youth Brown trout division. Typically our Brown trout fishing is the months of April through June, but if the kings are around we will go after them if you desire.
     The months of July through September are devoted to salmon fishing. The salmon in July are just as silver as can be and the have no problem taking a 50 to100 yards line in a matter of seconds after they strike. Early in our season we are fishing offshore with spoons, flies and cutbait for these silver bullets. As the season progresses and the salmon begin to stage, our fishery gets closer to the mouth of the river. This is the time we slow down our troll using cutbait. We end the season in late September pulling plugs and flies in the harbor. Last year we took several fish pushing the thirty pound class. This year we expect even larger fish because of the quality of bait we will have.
     I’m really looking forward to getting back on the water in April. There is nothing that I enjoy more than seeing the rods fire and hearing the reels scream and seeing the smiles of the people aboard.   I hope you had memorable experience fishing with us last season and will be with us again in 2007.
Tight Lines,
     Capt. Dave Wilson