Oswego County Fishing Report for November 29, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 29, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

After a few days of rain, which also melted most of the snow in the Oswego River drainage basin, it’s no surprise that the river shot up again. This morning it is flowing at 20,600cfs. When the turbidity starts to drop then I’d recommend fishing on the lower east side of the river behind the hotels. This is one of the best high water spots between December and April when the river is typically on the high side. Last winter we saw a large population of walleyes in this section of the river, however, the browns that usually hold there were very limited. With a resurgence in browns throughout the Oswego River this fall, we can expect to catch more browns in the lower river this winter and spring. Look for the turbidity to drop below 10 NFU for the trout bite to pick back up, and if you are going to fish in the dirty water, go with a big, bright, and loud presentation.

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 to view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Wednesday we had heavy wet lake effect snow showers for most of the day but picked up only a few inches of accumulation. No question the water is high, but anglers are fishing both from drift boats and along the banks. The fish have been holding along the softer edges and inside seams. Yesterday the few anglers we spoke with were able to get into some fish in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers reported that the visibility was fine and had improved from the previous day. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with single egg patterns or nymphs. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers today picked away at a few steelhead. No one had a banner day, but most anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand. There were reports of heavy leaves in the water at sunup, but they had cleared out by midday. The water temperature at 9am was 35F. We picked up a slushy inch or two of snow in the afternoon but no major accumulation was expected overnight. Flows have increased to 1,200cfs through midnight Friday.

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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.