Oswego County Fishing Report for October 8, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on October 8, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait and Tackle:

The king salmon fishing has been phenomenal this fall. There have been big numbers of fish in the Oswego River for a couple weeks now and the fishing continues to improve as more fish enter the system every day. With a dry summer and warm start to the fall, the kings started running a bit later than usual this year and most female fish still have tight eggs. Looks like salmon fishing will extend into mid-November this year if we continue on a similar weather pattern. Ever since the river temp hit 65 degrees, the kings have really started snapping on skein, UV 10 mm beads, and Thundersticks. With the recent rain in the area the river flow is up to 9,110cfs as of this morning.

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 for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow. 

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The early morning River Patrol fishing report indicates that both channels of the estuary contain decent amounts of fish. These fish are pushing up into the run in very small pods. The lowest section seeing some action with salmon and steelhead, the middle section is not seeing many fish moving, however those that are present in that section are providing “good” hookups. The upper section continues to be the most active with fish movement providing “lots” of hookups with a mix of kings and small steelhead. The uppermost section has steady fish movement and “decent” fishing.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

In the last couple of days anglers have reported an increased number of kings spawning in the gravel areas of the river. In the mid to upper section of the river anglers have reported fish holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river fresh fish have been moving through on a daily basis. In the upper end of the river the anglers we spoke with who fished the Upper & Lower Fly Zone reported having plenty of action with a mix of kings, cohos and the occasional steelhead. The most productive patterns have been glo-bugs, estaz eggs, steelhead hammer, egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers, flesh flies, bunny leeches and estaz stones. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced steady results.

Click here for the current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

Although we have had some cooler temperatures, more summer-like weather will be here over the next few days. However by the end of the week fall will definitely move in with high temperatures only in the 50s. Once those cooler temperatures arrive, look for an increase in walleye activity and a more active night bite. Anglers are continuing to find a few walleye in deeper water when conditions allow. Look for bass along the weed beds. Worm harnesses, jigs, crankbaits and blade baits are working well. 

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.