Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on February 2, 2018.

Oswego River report

According to Jake Metcalf of fishoswegoriver.com:

I decided to fish behind the hotels yesterday in search of brown trout. The water flow was 15,00cfs at the time. My tactic was simple – jig a white swim-bait off the bottom. I fished for an hour without any bites and finally got a hit around 3 pm when the air temperature got to a peak of about 44 degrees. Initially I guessed that I was hooked up with a brown because it was digging hard and staying down. I was wrong though and it turned out to be a hefty walleye. You better believe this fish was released to do her spawning duties and grow bigger.

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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The few anglers we spoke with reported having a very good day in both the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers we have staying in the motel who fished the Lower Fly Zone reported doing well with nymphs producing the best results. Yesterday I fished the lower end of the river and landed several chrome fish. I covered lots of water while float fishing with egg sacs. In the morning most of the fish I landed were holding in the holes but as the temperature warmed up and conditions were bright and sunny, I found them along the inside seams of the transition water.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Despite the weather we had one angler fish the Run on Wednesday and reported landing almost double digits of steelies/rainbows using egg sacs. All of the steelhead were dime bright. Yesterday was a beautiful day on the Run and the few anglers who fished reported they were very successful. “Everyone seemed to get them today.” The water flow from the reservoir remains at 500cfs and is currently 755 cfs at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

Anglers reported good ice conditions over the weekend. There was no snow so creepers were helpful making it out on the slick ice. Anglers reported yesterday there was a 2-6 inch cover of snow on the ice depending on where you were. Still very slick under the snow. Colder temperatures have again moved in for the next few days with a little more snow in the forecast.  Anglers were finding some perch and walleyes although there were a number of shorts.  Please use caution as anglers have found a few cracks that were covered by snow. 

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are continuing to take advantage of good ice conditions on the pond. There has been no snow on the ice and anglers were finding creepers very useful over the weekend. The temperatures have dropped and the area did receive a couple of inches of snow midweek with some expected over the weekend. Anglers are finding perch, walleye and Northern pike.