Outlook For Lake Ontario Fishing 2018
The Outlook For Lake Ontario Fishing 2018 is excellent. There are several reasons for this conclusion and we will discuss them in this blog post. This forecast is for the Oswego, New York area as this is where we run our Lake Ontario fishing charters on a daily basis during the season.
To have adult kings and lots of them, you need large quantities of previous year age classes. During our 2017 charter fishing season, there was an abundance of one and two year king salmon in the catches. This pattern played out during most of the season until staging time. Most days, there were always some younger fish in the mix. We think of it like this. You can’t have 3 yr. old fish without 2 yr. old fish. You can’t have 2 yr. old fish without 1 yr. old fish.
As previously mentioned, empirical evidence indicates that there were strong age classes during the 2017 season. These age classes have to eat to survive. This brings us to my next observation. Throughout the 2017 charter fishing season, there were very few days where we couldn’t find bait. Alewives seemed to be everywhere on our end of the Lake. The fishfinder was lit up with bait fish and predator marks.
Another overlooked reason for good survival rates was due to a lack of fishing pressure. Tournament participation was down some for a lot of the locally held tournaments. During the Atommik Invitational, all though they had a fantastic turnout, the rough weather did put a damper on the catch rates. Less fish caught means more fish to catch.
Besides a good outlook for the Lake Ontario Fishing 2018 season for king salmon, brown trout season looks to be promising as well. During the month of June in 2017, brown trout were being targeted during the first few weeks. The fishing at that time for browns was good to excellent. Around the end of the second week of June, at the end of the alewive spawning, all three age classes of kings moved in to feed on them. Most of the charters, including us, switched over to king salmon fishing. Some of our clients wanted to catch kings. This took the pressure off the brown trout.
For all of these reasons mentioned above, the outlook for Lake Ontario Fishing 2018 looks strong. We are looking forward to another banner year for both browns and salmon. The Lake trout also had very little pressure put on them as well. Lake trout can receive a lot of fishing pressure when the other species get tough to catch.
Feel free to contact us with any questions about the upcoming 2018 season.
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