This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report
The water flow is up to 13,700cfs this afternoon. The wind has been strong over the last couple of days but we have not received any snow.
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
It has been mostly browns lately with a couple steelhead mixed in. Earlier this week we could not catch a brown trout until the end of the day. All of the spots where I’ve been getting browns produced nothing. A few steelhead decided to bite so we looked ok at the end of the day.
The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Well we’ve been dodging the lake effect snow for a couple of days but late last night it finally caught up with us and we picked up roughly a foot of snow. The few anglers we have staying in the motel reported getting into some steelhead in the upper end of the river in Altmar yesterday.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
With the rain we received earlier this week and additional runoff, the water flow increased to 750cfs at the dam and 1080cfs at Pineville. Even with increasing winds and rain/snowmelt we did have five hearty steelhead anglers brave the conditions Wednesday. I spoke with two anglers on their way off the water yesterday and both had decent success considering the conditions. Three steelies were hooked on spawn and another five were hooked on small egg patterns. Yesterday the threat of lake effect snow kept most anglers off the river.
Oneida Lake report:
The temperature has definitely dropped but we have had strong winds over the last couple of days. There has been some ice on the north shore but also areas of open water. With the cold temperatures, hopefully we will see some good ice formation. There will likely be varying conditions so please use caution.
Sandy Pond report:
Due to the warmer temperatures we had earlier in the week and the very high winds, as of yesterday many areas of the pond were not safe. Temperatures over the last couple of days have been much colder but now we have at least a foot of snow on the ice in many areas. We have not had any reports back this morning but conditions will likely vary around the pond so be extremely cautious.