• Oswego Brown Trout Charters

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 admin No comments


    A mid-May catch of Oswego brown trout

    You may have heard “April showers bring May flowers.”, What about, “A winter whiteout brings April brown trout”.  That’s always my wish for Oswego brown trout charters in early spring.  Many other Lake Ontario anglers who have booked brown trout charters for the past 40 years agree. 

     Why, you ask?  Because there is no other port on the New York coastline that produces better spring and summer brown trout fishing.  The Reason…,  the inflow from Lake Ontario’s second largest tributary, the protection offered by Oswego Harbor when browns are inshore in the spring, and perhaps most importantly, an experienced charter fleet that specializes in spring and summer brown trout fishing. 

     Spring brown trout charters are all about winter weather’s influence on spring water conditions.   The more snow in Central New York, the higher the flow in the Oswego River with it’s 5,070 square mile watershed during the spring thaw.  High, warm flows  into frigid  Lake Ontario, attract hordes of baitfish, followed by hungry brown trout, plus cohos, Atantics, rainbows, lake trout, and king salmon.

     Not only is spring a great time to catch Oswego brown trout on light tackle, but because of cool water temperatures and the shallow depths at which browns are caught, it is also a great time to release them.  Aboard my charter boat, the Fish Doctor, charter customers keep many prime eating browns, but many are released to grow to world class size and thrill another angler another day

     If you’re interested in booking an Oswego brown trout charter, you should know that spring isn’t the only time to book a trip.  Great brown trout fishing continues thru mid-August.  It’s just a matter of charter captains tracking brown trout movement as browns follow preferred water temperatures of 47-65 degrees inshore in the spring to the same cool temperatures in deeper water offshore in mid-summer. 

     If you’re following online brown trout fishing reports from the Oswego area, hot April brown trout fishing usually means good fishing for browns the rest of the season. 

     Veteran spring and summer brown trout charter customers will tell you that on occasion, it is not unheard of to land 20 to 30 or even more browns on a single charter, but on other days, browns come a lot harder.  It’s all about fishing when conditions are optimum, and Mother Nature controls that one.

     If you’re thinking about an Ontario brown trout trip, be sure to to do your homework, plan ahead, select a personable, experienced captain, and have realistic expectations

     A very few Lake Ontario charter captains have the experience and  passion for fishing brown trout that you will find aboard the Fish Doctor.  These are the captains with whom you want to fish.


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