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Oswego County Tourism Launches New Fishing Blog

OSWEGO COUNTY – Whether you like winter or summer fishing (or both), the idea of getting the best tips and tricks for year-round fishing is not one to pass up. Sure you may have some useful techniques but do you know the best spots and when to go? Without a doubt, we want you to come home with a satisfying catch. Which is why we’re suggesting for you to take advantage of Oswego County Tourism’s resources to catch yourself some of New York’s best steelhead or many varieties of fish.

Oswego County Tourism

Steelhead Alert – catch them while you can!

Hotline To Oswego County Fishing

As part of its ongoing program to inform visitors about Oswego County, the Oswego County Tourism Office has launched a new fishing blog, “Hotline to Oswego County Fishing.”  Authored by Capt. Andy Bliss, the blog will cover Oswego County’s fantastic variety of year-round angling opportunities with tips for beginners to experts. For example, learn when Steelhead enters tributaries and the best time to take your handy fishing to catch them!

“We’re always looking for new ways to engage readers and drive visitors to Oswego County,” said Dave Turner, director of the County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “Capt. Andy has worked with many local charter captains and will draw on his experience to share information about fishing Lake Ontario, its tributary streams and nearby waters.”

The first post covers winter steelhead activity on the Oswego and Salmon rivers.

Oswego County Tourism

Check out this Steelhead!

About Capt. Andy 

Bliss began guiding customers in 2002 while he was a student attending SUNY Oswego, and has developed his skills and passion for fishing into a full-time career as a guide.

Home of the Salmon and Oswego Rivers, and bordering Great Lake Ontario and Oneida Lake, Oswego County is world-famous for its diverse year-round fishing opportunities.

For questions on fishing Lake Ontario and its tributary streams, email Bliss at chasintailadv@yahoo.com.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

 

2017 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament Continues through February

NYS Winter Fishing Tournament Continues through February

OSWEGO COUNTY – The 2017 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament is considered the largest winter fishing tournament ever conducted in NY state, the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament continues through the end of February. The event features seven categories of fish to target, a catch-and-release event for trout and pike, 58 weigh-in locations, and a prize structure that tops $80,000 in sponsored cash and prizes from over 50 sponsors making this event one of the most sponsored tournaments in the country.

Anglers fishing in the tournament can visit three local businesses — All Seasons Sports and Salmon River Sports Shop in Pulaski, and App’s Bait and Tackle in Cleveland — to weigh in their catches.

Angler catches a steelhead fish at a tournament

Anglers fishing Oswego County waters can enter their catches for the New York State Winter Classic at three Oswego County tackle shops: All Season Sports and Salmon River Sports in Pulaski, and App’s Bait and Tackle in Cleveland. Pictured holding a steelhead he released back into the Oswego River is Tommy Quinzi. Photo courtesy of Capt. Kevin Davis, Catch the Drift Guide Service

“This will be the third year for this statewide event and it continues to grow with more anglers getting involved and larger prizes to the winners,” said tournament organizer Tim Thomas. “The event allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state, any time between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, using any legal angling method, to target seven categories of fish. ”

Live leaderboards on the website keep anglers updated in near real-time throughout the event for both the main event and weekly awards. This year’s event features two large prizes: a $2,500 cash grand prize sponsored by Clam Outdoors (to be given to one of the first place finishing anglers by random draw) and a Case canoe with graphics wrap and fishing accessories for the overall largest fish entered.

Additional prizes include weekly, monthly, and overall prize packages, product specific awards, female angler awards, species specific awards including a $1,500 stainless steel artistic steelhead mount by world-renown artist Steve Nielsen, door prizes, and angler achievement awards for catching fish of substantial size.

Registered anglers will also have a chance at 58 shanties being given away in raffles – every weigh-in location has one to give away. Anglers can gain entries either by registering for the event or bringing fish in to the stations during the event (one entry per angler per day per location per fish). Registration is $25/angler ($35/angler with the optional lunker pool) and anglers can register at most weigh-in locations or online at www.nyswinterclassic.com.

“The New York State Ice Pro-Am Corporation in association with Finders Keepers Sportfishing continues to strive to offer exposure for the New York State fishery through their tournament events and sponsor connections to promote the industry and encourage tourism,” said Thomas. ” These tournament events have been very successful at offering new product companies and tackle shops exposure to turn profits.”

For more tournament information, contact Thomas at (585) 330-0494 or email info@FKsportfishing.com or visit www.NYSwinterclassic.com.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN.