Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 11, 2018.

Oswego River report

The water flow was up and down several times last weekend. Over the last couple of days it has gradually dropped under 10,000cfs running at 9,420cfs this morning. This level is still high for some areas along the river for shore fishing but behind the hotels is a spot to try. The occasional driftboat has also been seen in search of steelhead and perhaps a brown trout.

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:

We had seven anglers on the Run yesterday and received reports of success during both morning and afternoon. One fresh steelhead was caught on the swing in the lower end mid-morning. Another angler who was fairly new to steelhead fishing reported hooking up with a nice steelhead mid-afternoon. Unfortunately, it shook off on the second jump, but that was enough – he’ll be back for more tomorrow!

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The water flow is 1500cfs through Thursday evening. We have fish and the few anglers who are fishing have had some success. The driftboats have been taking advantage of the high water and floating most of the river. The majority of bank anglers are fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville as well as the side channels and diversions. For those anglers who are float fishing, blue egg sacs, pink worms and beads have all produced results. Anglers who are fly fishing have had success dead drifting with stoneflies, squirmy worms or woolly buggers. Egg patterns such as glo-bugs or sucker spawn fished under a strike indicator have also been productive.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not much to report from Oneida Lake. The weather with winds and snow showers has not been very favorable for open water fishing. 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 improved weather conditions and open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.