Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 5, 2017.

Oswego River report

The river flow began dropping last Friday and has been under 10,000cfs for a few days. This afternoon it has dropped to 6,130 cfs. This level makes more areas along the river accessible. The river walks and behind the hotels are suggested areas to try. Driftboats have been active in the river with anglers finding good action with steelhead and rainbows but brown trout seem to be rather scarce. Temperatures have been near 50 degrees for a couple of days but a cold front and some snow are expected through the next couple of days.

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.

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:

Yesterday was another day of mixed reports. On one end of the spectrum, a few anglers had reports of going 3/5 and 5/7. While on the opposite end of the spectrum, I had several reports of anglers who went without a tug on the line. Those who were somewhere in the middle reported hooking into a few fish, but having a tough time landing them. Folks who were using eggs reported good success with blue and purple eggs, and one reported using pink eggs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Monday was another mild day and that is expected to continue today before a change in the weather pattern. Yesterday we got mixed reports from anglers, a few groups got into fish, but overall the majority of anglers we spoke with reported having a slow day. The anglers who had the most success were bottom bouncing or float fishing with pink and blue egg sacs. The mid to lower section of river seemed to produce the most action. In the upper end of the river anglers reported getting into a few fish in the Lower Fly Zone with nymphs producing the best results.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Steelhead fishing on the Salmon River remains pretty good. The river is still unbelievably crowded for this time of year but if you move around and pick your spots carefully you can get into some decent fish.

Beads under floats and egg sacs in blue and white have been taking most of our fish. With rain in the area today the river should stay at this level (450cfs) for a while or possibly even rise.

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Oneida Lake report:

The wind has been an issue for anglers at times over the last few days. When conditions allowed, anglers are finding some walleye action casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. On calm days, daytime anglers are finding walleye in 10-15 feet of water using stickbaits. Smallmouth bass can be found in 10-20 feet of water.

Sandy Pond report:

There is very little activity to report at this time. We will update the report as the weather changes and temperatures get cold enough for ice formation.