Oswego County Fishing Report for October 25, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on October 25, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

After a water flow of 600cfs Tuesday it is up to 7,050cfs this morning. With that there are some super fresh kings still heading up the Oswego River. Love helping people catch their first salmon and the joy it brings!

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

The salmon run is a bit behind this year and fresh kings are continuing to run in the Oswego River. Reports from yesterday indicate that the Varick Dam is stacked with king salmon. Anglers fishing off the wall are doing very well on salmon using skein under a float and throwing thundersticks as well. The salmon bite is hot right now with river temperatures in the low 50’s, these fish are snapping aggressively. Late October is always a great time of year to fish on the Oswego River because there are large quantities of fish and a wide variety of fish in the system. You can expect to catch mostly king salmon, steelhead, and brown trout right now.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit 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.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Steelhead continue to really dominate the run with fresh king salmon still working their way into the run. Yesterday the steelhead really made everyone work for them but those that covered ground were rewarded with a fair number of fish. A majority of our anglers fished the lower end with only a small portion of anglers fishing the middle and upper sections of the run. This morning our initial fishing report from River Patrol indicates slow to moderate success on steelhead throughout the run. The bottom third of the run still seems to be the most productive but this morning’s report suggests there are more active fish in the middle and upper sections today as compared to the past few. The release at the dam remains at 335 CFS with a reported flow of 500 out of Pineville.

Click here for the current water flow. 

Oneida Lake report:

With the change in the weather pattern over the last couple of weeks look for an increase in the shoreline walleye night bite as the water temperature is dropping. The most active time is likely just before and after dark. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.