Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written December 7, 2017.

Oswego River report

The river flow has been running between 4,000-7,000cfs for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 5,630 cfs. This level makes more areas along the river accessible. The river walks and behind the hotels are suggested areas to try. Driftboats have been active in the river with anglers finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but brown trout seem to be rather scarce. A cold front passed through yesterday bringing colder temperatures and some snow showers.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday the river flow was 500cfs and the water temperature 38 degrees. Just before noon a group of four anglers reported hooking up with 10 steelhead center pinning egg sacs in the lower section. Early afternoon an angler reported three (22-29’) steelhead brought to hand in the lower section swinging flies. Mid afternoon another four steelhead reported from the middle section by floating “pale” egg sacs and swinging a pink woolly bugger. A few other fish were reportedly taken on beads and egg sacs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Tuesday the anglers we spoke with who did well reported that the afternoon was better for them. There is not much change with the water level. We did get some runoff from the recent rain but overall the river is still in good shape. In the upper and lower end of the river anglers who were float fishing or bottom bouncing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs or beads. For those who were fly fishing, egg patterns, nymphs and small streamers have all produced results.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River remains pretty good. The river is still unbelievably crowded for this time of year but if you move around and pick your spots carefully you can get into some decent fish. Beads under floats and egg sacs in blue and white have been taking most of our fish.

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Oneida Lake report:

The wind has been an issue for anglers at times over the last few days. When conditions allowed, anglers are finding some walleye action casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. On calm days, daytime anglers are finding walleye in 10-15 feet of water using stickbaits. Smallmouth bass can be found in 10-20 feet of water. 

Sandy Pond report:

There is very little activity to report at this time.  We will update the report as temperatures get cold enough for ice formation.