Oswego County Fishing Report for October 18, 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. Many anglers turn to the rivers and area tributaries for fishing by this time.

Oswego River report

The water flow has been very low since last Friday when it dropped significantly. This morning it is flowing at 1920cfs. Anglers are finding salmon along with some steelhead. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits are working. The area creeks are active with a number of fish.

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:

Earlier this morning the lower section was seeing small pods of 3-4 salmon slowly filling in the area but no concerted effort to move into the run. There is a larger group of salmon apparently staging in the estuary. Perhaps the lower section is finally waking up after a week-long relatively dry spell. Clients have been reporting a mix of steelhead and kings in the middle section all week. The upper section continues the weeklong trend by providing fairly good steelhead action. The uppermost section is seeing a mix of both steelhead and salmon with a “lot of action.” The water flow remains at 335cfs and 442cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The lower end of the river is still producing a few salmon but the majority of anglers fishing in the lower end of the river are now targeting steelhead. The mid to upper end of the river is holding the most kings. Anglers who have been fishing Upper and Lower Fly Zones have reported getting into a mix of kings and cohos with single egg patterns, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers producing the best results. The Upper Fly Zone has been producing the most coho action. The lower end of the river has been producing the best steelhead action with anglers getting into steelhead at the Longbridge/Staircase, Ballpark and Papermill.

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Oneida Lake report:

Cooler temperatures were needed to see some good fall walleye fishing and they have arrived. 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:

There is very little activity to report at this time.