Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. 

 Oswego River report

The water level spiked on Friday afternoon to 16,000cfs. This afternoon it is back to 13,500cfs. Rain is expected tomorrow with the temperature near 50 but dropping through Wednesday to below normal temperatures for the week with some snow showers. This water flow makes it difficult to fish the river.

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:

The water flow is up to 1500cfs through midnight tonight. Yesterday one guide fished for three hours swinging spey flies in the middle section and scored 2/4 with steelhead. Another angler fished much of the day trying eggs, flies, and streamers from the middle to lower sections with no luck. Temperatures will warm up a bit tomorrow only to fall below normal again for the remainder of the week.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Saturday the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville continued to get the most fishing pressure which was no surprise for a holiday weekend. The mid river is still a good choice if you’re willing to walk and looking for some solitude. The few anglers we spoke with who fished the lower end of the river had no success but reported that the clarity had improved and was not an issue. For those anglers who were fly fishing, dead drifting with squirmy worm patterns or eggs patterns under a strike indicator produced the best results. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with pink worms or blue egg sacs. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now open.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

There is not much to report from the lake as we are in between ice fishing and open water fishing which is coming soon. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year as we wait for open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

This report was written on April 2, 2018.