Oswego County Fishing Report for February 22, 2018

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

Oswego River report

With the rain and snowmelt over the last few days, the water level has risen. It reached 18,000cfs mid-week but has dropped back to 15,400cfs as of this afternoon. This is very high and fishing along the river is very difficult under these conditions.

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:

With the combination of rain and melting snow from the warm weather, it’s no surprise the water level has increased (1,650cfs) and we are getting significant runoff. On Tuesday the few anglers we spoke with fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. They reported visibility was off color from the runoff in the mid to lower end of the river but not an issue in Altmar. Bottom bouncing or float fishing with egg sacs and pink worms was most productive.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers on Wednesday reported slightly stained water with moderate turbidity. A brown was caught in the middle section of the run and other anglers picked away at a few steelies. Overall, most anglers reported really having to work for the bite.

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Oneida Lake report:

The temperature was definitely warmer for a couple days this week. We are back in the 30s today with the next few days expected to be in the 40s.  Ice thickness over the weekend was 10-15 inches in many areas and anglers are continuing to find decent ice. However, use caution especially near the shoreline, pressure cracks, running water and old holes. Jigging Rapalas was working for the walleye and the perch bite has been good at times using a variety of bait.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

Although we have had some warm temperatures this week, there is still 10 inches of ice in many areas of the pond. Temperatures have cooled off from the record breaking temperature Wednesday and yesterday and will likely be in the 40s over the next few days. The edges are breaking up some so use caution along the shoreline, running water and pressure cracks. As always use caution and check the ice as you go. Anglers have found a decent perch bite although there are a number of small ones and some walleye and Northern pike.