Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

According to Jake Metcalf of fishoswegoriver.com:

There seems to be more browns in the river right now than steelhead, but as the water temperatures increase we’ll see more steelhead arriving to spawn. With the water being high and very dirty, the bite is pretty tough right now. As the water clarity improves, the fishing will too. With the water being so high, there will be plenty of browns pushed into the east side behind the hotels where trout are feeding heavily on shad. White marabous are my go-to this time of year because these Oswego River trout are so accustomed to feasting on gizzard shad.

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:

Blustery conditions made yesterday extremely challenging on the Run. We were fortunate to get a little sunshine during the second half of the day. One angler had the Run to himself and reported hooking into two steelies, one of which he landed. The water flow will remain at 1800cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

There were not many anglers on the water yesterday with the cold temperatures and high winds but we did speak with a group that reported landing a couple steelhead in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Cold weather with some short bursts of snow are expected today with very cold temperatures on Saturday.


Oneida Lake report:

With the warmer temperatures and heavy rain, there is open water in many areas around the river. We had a record high temperature Wednesday and high winds yesterday and again this afternoon. Colder temperatures have returned but will not be with us for long with temperatures expected to be well into the 40s for much of next week.


Sandy Pond report:

The temperature has been on a roller coaster and we reached record warmth on Wednesday before dropping back into the 20s today and teens for tomorrow. This will be short lived as we are back into the 40s by Monday. We may be looking at an early open water season.