Oswego County Fishing Report for November 20, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 20, 2018.

Our staff wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

The salmon spawn will be coming to an end shortly and the trout will start feeding more heavily on baitfish because there is no longer such an abundance of salmon eggs in the Oswego River. The next five months opens a great opportunity to capture trout on Lake Ontario tributaries with marabou jigs. Our favorite way to fish them is by center pin float fishing. Although, you can still fish them like any other jig by casting out and jigging it back to you along the bottom. If you are looking to target brown trout right now, then marabou jigs are the way to go! The water flow has dropped to 10,400cfs as of this morning.

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. 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 below.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Reports from most of our anglers yesterday indicated a fairly productive day down on the run.  Once again, covering water was the name of the game. Some anglers reporting a handful hooked but one or two landed, with other anglers reporting much larger numbers.  A mix of angling types on the water today, however all methods seemed to fair pretty well no matter what you threw at them.  The release at the dam is 750cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Monday things warmed up with the temperature reaching into the 40’s along with sunny conditions. Either way it was a nice day to get out on the water and enjoy the conditions. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into some fish throughout the river. In the upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. In the mid to lower section of the river anglers reported that covering lots of water was the key to success with the most active fish holding along the inside seams of the transition water. For those anglers who are fly fishing, using egg patterns under a strike indicator or dead drifting with nymphs has produced the best results. The most productive fly patterns were sucker spawn, wiggle stones, steelhead hammer, rusher nymphs, steelhead buggers and flesh flies. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs or beads have produced steady results.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

The shore night bite is still producing a few walleye with stickbaits.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. There likely won’t be much until the beginning of the ice fishing season.