Oswego County Fishing Report for October 10, 2017

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

The lake fishing is winding down for the season. The same baits are continuing to work well in more shallow water – flies and flashers, spoons, cut bait and j-plugs – for those interested in a last lake trip.

Oswego River report

Heavy rain fell for several hours yesterday. As a result, the water flow is up to 3,690cfs this afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the 60s over the next three days with it a bit warmer over the weekend. With these conditions, anglers are finding some good action at the dam and from the wall. Anglers are using stickbaits, smack beads, egg sacs and skein under a float.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

My rain dance finally worked with about 2 ½ inches falling yesterday. The bite has definitely picked up over  the last day or so.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the weekend we had nice weather and anglers did well throughout the river. Fish are spread out from top to bottom and anglers in the Upper and Lower Fly Zones have been getting into a mix of kings and cohos with pale colored egg patterns. Black egg sucking leeches with a pink or chartreuse head as well as brown or olive woolly buggers have also been producing steady results. Active areas have been the Ballpark, Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase and the Black Hole. Anglers have reported that the salmon are spawning in the gravel areas of the mid to upper section of the river. Just a reminder that if you’re in town this week, the hatchery will begin collecting salmon eggs today.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

This morning the river patrol reported a lot of fish present in the upper and middle sections of the run, moving up. The upper section reported four steelhead and one brown trout brought to hand and the lower section reported six steelhead moving up into the run. The lower section overall continues to be relatively quiet. Water level from the reservoir remains at 335cfs and is currently 630cfs at Pineville with the water stained from runoff.

Oneida Lake report:

Cooler temperatures are needed to see some good fall walleye fishing. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a good application at this time of year. Look for perch in about 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Surface activity may indicate smallmouth bass that are feeding on gizzard shad.

Sandy Pond report:

Weed growth is making conditions difficult which is typical for this time of year. A few anglers are using weedless baits for bass.