Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 14, 2017.

Oswego River report

The river flow has been up and down over the last few days between 2,000-5,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 3,080cfs. There has not been much shore fishing activity with the very cold temperatures and lake effect snow. Driftboats reporting earlier in the week were finding steelhead, rainbows and the occasional brown trout but they were working for them at times. This weather pattern will be with us for a couple more days and then a little warmer earlier next week.

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 current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Tuesday we had several periods of near white-out conditions but only picked up another 3-4 inches of snow. We had a few anglers fish the run and each of them reported landing a few steelhead. In each case, pink and chartreuse egg sacs were the ticket to success. A mix of bright chrome, slightly pink, greenish, and one colored up steelhead were reported. Flows will remain at 1,500cfs through midnight Friday. With the low temperatures slush may be an issue.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

Winter is definitely here. It is very cold, windy and there is a lot of snow. This will make some people very happy and some very sad. Regardless there are plenty of steelhead in the Salmon River and the bite has been decent if you are willing to work for them. Eggs, beads, flies – your choice. Fish the edges and the seams and in the bellies of the deep holes. There is a good mix of fresh and dark fish and they are definitely spread from top to bottom.

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions have been a bit wintery over the last few days with some snow, wind and cold temperatures. There has not been much activity to report. Anglers will likely find some walleye casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark. Ice fishing anglers are waiting patiently for some ice formation.

Sandy Pond report:

There is no activity to report at this time. Although we have had cold temperatures there is no safe ice formation on the pond as yet.