Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 25, 2018.

Oswego River report

The water flow was running between 14,000-15,000cfs over the weekend. Although it was down just under 14,000cfs early in the week, it is now up to 16,500cfs. The flow makes it difficult to fish along the river. With the high water there has not been much activity. Warmer temperatures are expected to return for the weekend with some rain in the forecast so we will have to keep an eye on the water level.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Please check the waterline for the latest update. The water level has come down. Tuesday was another mild day with the temperature in the mid 40’s before it started to drop. Over the last couple of days the few anglers we have spoken with reported getting into fish in both the upper and lower end of the river. Dead drifting with nymphs or float fishing with egg sacs and pink worms produced the best results. In the upper end of the river anglers have been getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone with nymphs working well. Those who are bottom bouncing or float fishing in the mid to upper end of the river have had the best results with egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The DSR opened yesterday for fishing for the first time in nearly three weeks. Flows from the dam have dropped to 500cfs. We had a DSR guide float through and land double digits of steelies all of which were fresh chrome. He reported ice free conditions on the upper half of the run but the lower half still has significant ice banks on the north shore. In some areas the banks were still 6+ high between the Spring Hole and Meadows. Two other anglers took advantage of the lower flows.

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Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are reporting good ice on the lake with some areas measuring 8-10 inches. It has become slick as there is no snow so cleats are suggested to make walking easier. Anglers have been finding a good perch bite along with walleyes. Although there are many shorts out there, there have been some nice catches reported.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

Ice fishing conditions continue to be good on Sandy Pond. Most areas have 8-10 inches of ice. There is no snow on the ice so cleats are suggested. Anglers are doing well with perch along with a few walleye and Northern pike. Areas off the Elm’s, Green Point and the state boat launch at Groman Shores are seeing a lot of activity.