Oswego County Fishing Report for November 27, 2017

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

Oswego River report

The river flow has been running between 11,000-13,000 cfs over the last few days. This afternoon it is flowing at 11,600 cfs. This level continues to make it difficult to fish in most areas along the river. Driftboat anglers have been finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but only the occasional brown trout. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s tomorrow, upper 40s mid week and normal temperatures in the low 40s as the week end approaches.

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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Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday was overcast all day, windy and raw. It’s beginning to feel like typical steelhead weather and the steelhead seemed to like it. Not as many anglers on the run as the holiday is over, but those that I spoke with reported another excellent day for steelhead fishing. Five for 10, three for four and as one season pass holder stated, “Even a novice can catch a steelhead today and I’m evidence of that fact.” Another experienced season pass holder reported, “There are a lot of fish down there. A lot of fish.” The season continues to get better. The water remains at 335 cfs from the dam and 488 cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish throughout the river. The upper section of the river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis which is normal for this time of year. The high water we had earlier in the month brought good numbers of fish into the river and it’s no surprise the upper section of river is holding a number of steelhead. Anglers who are willing to walk and looking for some solitude have been fishing the mid section of river and getting into fish. Anglers who are fishing the lower section of the river have also been doing well and getting into fresh fish on a daily basis. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had steady results with pink or blue egg sacs and beads. Anglers who are fly fishing in the lower end of the river have done well with pink, chart or blue egg patterns under a strike indicator. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers who are fly fishing have had success with pale colored single egg patterns or nymphs. Some fly fishing anglers are also having success with small woolly buggers, flesh flies and bunny leeches.

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Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are finding some walleye action casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. Walleye are being taken by anglers casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. When conditions allow, daytime anglers are finding walleye in 10-15 feet of water using stickbaits. Smallmouth bass can be found in 10-20 feet of water. 

Sandy Pond report:

There is very little activity to report at this time.