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Pictured here is Ben Criss from Scranton P.A. with a 31.9 pound Chinook Salmon
Pictured here is Ben Criss from Scranton P.A. with a 31.9 pound Chinook Salmon

  Pictured here is Ben Criss from Scranton P.A. with a 31.9 pound Chinook Salmon that he caught from Lake Ontario on August 16, 2013. Ben was on vacation fishing with his father Dave Criss along with Raymond Martin and his lovely wife Barbara Martin on one of Lake Ontario's Premier Sportfishing Operations aboard the charter boat BUC-A-ROO with Captain Ron Penna & Captain Chas Townsend. They had an amazing day on the water catching Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon, and Rainbow Trout. The bait of choice was cut bait run behind a flasher 120 feet down in 150 feet of water. A few fish were taken on the 72 Monty fly and the Tranny Spoon. Dipseys were set out 240 feet back with cut bait. They were fishing in the Orleans County Derby when this big brute decided to be the first fish of the day at the time it would have weighed in around third place in the salmon division but after being blown off the two previous days they decided not to waste any fishing time running in to get him weighed in. It was a good decision because they had a spectacular day going 9 for 10 what a way to end up a week of well deserved vacation time.


  Lake Ontario has many Charter Boats available to let you enjoy a wonderful day of fishing on Lake Ontario. Most charters target trout and salmon. Some charters also fish for smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, and muskellunge. Charters range in price and duration most offer half and full days fishing with prices ranging from $300 to $600 depending on the species you are fishing for and the number of passengers that will be onboard.

  If you are looking for a trophy to hang on the wall, chances are you can get one while fishing from a charter boat. Most captains are on the lake daily and are well aware of current hots spots and lures. They also work together and share info to help keep the clients happy. Should the weather turn bad and your trip end prematurely most captains will pro rate the trip or in some cases reschedule another day.

  The Charter Boats on Lake Ontario are well equipped with the best fishing tackle money can buy! They also have the latest in electronics, with GPS, radar, fishfinders, cell phones, some even feature underewater cameras hooked to the downriggers that show the fish chasing and hitting the lures. Some captains also have a VCR hooked up to record the fishing action under the water for you. A few of the charter captains even provide free fishing photos or will record your trip with a camcorder upon request.

  The Charter Boats season usually starts in early April and runs until the end of September. Spring fishing in April and May is usually done by trolling stickbaits and spoons off of planner boards. As the water warms up more in May and June the fishing will slowly move off shore. For the rest of the summer Downriggers, Dipsey Divers, and Leadcore Lines, will become the main methods of targeting trout and salmon. July and early August will find most of the best fishing off shore. Near the end of August the fishing will move inshore again as the trout and salmon begin to stage for spawning runs. If you are thinking about booking a charter on Lake Ontario for a full list please Click Here.



Pictured here is Pat Osterwald with his biggest pike of the 2012 season. This monster pike was caught on a friends custom made spinner. This Pike was over 20 pounds and was caught in the Chenango River around Norwich NY

  Pictured here is Pat Osterwald with his biggest pike of the 2012 season. This monster pike was caught on a friends custom made spinner. This Pike was over 20 pounds and was caught in the Chenango River around Norwich NY. As always this fish caught and released unharmed. All indications are pointing to an even better season in 2013.

  Northern pike are a native fish to the waters of New York. They can be found state wide in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. In fact the northern pike is one of the most widely distributed freshwater fish in the world. Northern pike and muskellunge can be caught on large in-line spinners, stickbaits, spinnerbaits.


  The Chenango River is a tributary of the Susquehanna River, and is roughly 90 miles long, The Tioughnioga River is a major tributary which combines with the Chenango River at Chenango Forks. Although the Chenango River starts as a small stream in southern Madison County, as it nears the Chenango County line near Sherburne it becomes a river and is primarily a warmwater fishery. Smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pike replace trout as the main species.

  From Chenango Bridge downstream muskellunge can be found along with the following species Yellow perch, sunfish, brown bullhead, common carp and channel catfish can also be found in the lower river. Smallmouth bass are abundant through out the entire river.

  The Chenango River joins the Susquehanna from the north in downtown Binghamton. In the 19th century the river furnished a critical link in the canal system of the northeastern United States. The Chenango Canal connected the Erie Canal in the north to the Susquehanna River.



 Joseph Parkhurst from Woodbury, Connecticut caught this monster 16 pound 8 ounce Brown Trout in an Orleans County Tributary in mid October of 2011. He was fishing with an emerald stonefly. Flies are very effective for brown trout moving upstream to spawn in the fall.

 Orleans County is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, between Rochester and Buffalo. It is home to Oak Orchard Creek, Marsh Creek and Johnsons Creek to name a few of the more popular streams.

Joseph Parkhurst from Woodbury, Connecticut caught this monster 16 pound 8 ounce Brown Trout in an Orleans County Tributary in mid October of 2011

   Oak Orchard Creek is a tailwater fishery that remains ice free throughout most of early the winter. A hydroelectric dam at Waterport in Orleans County regulates the creek's flow into Lake Ontario. From the dam to the lake the stream provides anglers with 2.5 miles of quality fishing.

   As the river grows closer to the lake it provides safe harbor for over 300 private boat moorings. Several large marinas are located at the mouth of the river. At the mouth of the lake the Oak Orchard is channeled between two piers running North and South into approximately 6 feet of water, and the channel is approximately 160 feet wide. The west pier is 844 feet long, and is accessible to fisherman. The east pier is 734 feet long and is also accessible to fishermen.

   Some handicapped access may be found at the base of the East pier. The lower portion of this stream has great perch, bass, northern pike, rockbass and walleye fishing. The upper stretch is prime habitat for steelhead, brown trout, and salmon as they look to answer natures call and begin the spawning process.

  Brown trout will feed on a variety of items. In streams they will feed on nymphs, worms, snails, crayfish and other small fish species. They will feed on a variety of insects including mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies when they are available. In the larger lakes they feed mostly on smelt and alewives. This is why they grow to such large sizes in the lakes.

  In the Streams and Rivers Brown Trout may be enticed to hit a variety of baits. Egg sacs or plastic imitation eggs are among the most common used. Sponge in various colors can also be very productive. Artificial flies and streamers will also entice fish to strike. Major Lake Ontario tributaries having brown trout runs include the Salmon River, Oswego River, Genesee River, Black River, Niagara River, Oak Orchard Creek and Eighteen Mile Creek.



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