Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

Although the river flow dropped mid week from 19,000cfs to 16,600cfs as of this morning, a good deal of rain is expected today. Even the current flow is high and makes most of the river unfishable at this point. Behind the hotels is one area to try.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We had a great day on the river on Sunday and a really good day brown trout fishing on Monday. High water flow, looks like I’ll be flooded out in the river for a little while.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday was a tough day on the Run. The recent increase in water flows has the fish turned off and most anglers reported going empty handed. A few were able to get into a fish or two. One angler went 2/4, losing a decent sized steelie at the Glide using beads. One angler fished the lower end and landed a beautiful hen still full of eggs. Rain has arrived and may be heavy at times today. Flows are posted to remain at 1200cfs through midnight tonight. Overall the weekend doesn’t look bad – hoping the flows don’t go too high.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level has been high but anglers are still fishing. The driftboats have been taking advantage of the higher flows and floating most of the river. The majority of bank anglers have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. The fish have been holding along the inside seams and softer water along the edges of the deeper holes and runs. In the lower end of the river anglers are still getting into a few fresh fish with egg sacs and beads producing the best results. For those anglers not comfortable fishing the high water, some of the smaller local tributaries are another option. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone reopens on Saturday, April 1.

Oneida Lake and Sandy Pond report:

We have little to report from these areas as we patiently wait for open water season. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed and will reopen on May 6.