Oswego County Fishing Report for December 13, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 13, 2018.

Oswego River report:

With little significant precipitation in the last few days, the river level continues to drop slowly running at 16,200cfs as of this afternoon. This is still a high level for fishing along much of the river. Behind the hotels is a suggested area for steelhead, browns and walleye. Many Lake Ontario tributaries are also producing some nice 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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

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:

Over the last couple of days we’ve had stable weather and water conditions so anglers have been doing well throughout the river. Anglers have been getting into fresh fish that have been holding along the inside seams of the transition water. The darker colored fish have been holding in the softer water and normal winter holding water. With the current conditions the drift boats still have plenty of water to float, the bank anglers have plenty of options and fresh fish are still entering the river. Anglers who are fly fishing have had success swinging streamers with sinking leaders, dead drifting nymphs or indicator fishing with single egg patterns. The most productive patterns have been egg sucking leeches, wiggle stones, steelhead stones, steak-n-eggs, glo bugs and sucker spawn. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs or beads have produced the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday most anglers indicated rather energetic fish, despite cold temperatures, comparing their energy to that of an October steelhead.  A majority of those anglers were able to get into good numbers of fish throughout the course of the day no matter the angling type.  We have a continued theme of a great morning bite, when the sun peaks out over the water, the activity slows down.  The release at the dam will be adjusted to 550 CFS this evening.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. Temperatures have been up and down over the last week – at times in the 20s and up into the mid 40s. Those higher temperatures are expected over the weekend with some rain in the forecast. Safe ice formation is a ways off yet. The shore night bite is still producing a few walleye with stickbaits.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. Although we have had some colder temperatures, we still need a period of steady cold temperatures for safe ice formation.