Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 21, 2017.

Oswego River report

The river flow has been up a bit over the last few days. This morning it is running at 6,460cfs. Anglers can fish from the river walks and driftboats are taking advantage of the slightly higher level. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s through Sunday with colder air moving into the area next week. Driftboats are continuing to do well with steelhead and rainbows with brown trout still scarce although the occasional one has come to the net.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had 14 clients on the run yesterday with good reports. One came in reporting he went 8/13 steelhead drifting blue egg sacs under a bobber smack dab in the middle section of the run. Later in the afternoon one angler reported 5/8 fishing the middle section and the next angler in simply stated “I quit counting” and “they are bigger than normal.” Others reported doing quite well for steelhead on blue and chartreuse egg sacs in the middle to upper section and one caught a 20” brown trout. So almost everyone got into some nice quantities of steelhead with all sections of the run producing action and the fish were bigger than normal.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The majority of anglers we spoke with this week reported getting into fish both in the upper and lower end of the river. Those who fished the Lower Fly Zone reported getting into fish with nymphs and small egg patterns producing the best results. Anglers who were bottom bouncing between Altmar and Pineville reported that blue egg sacs produced the best results. The anglers fishing the mid-section of the river worked hard for a few fish but said this section had the least number of anglers and the solitude was worth it. Most of the anglers who fished the lower section reported getting into some fresh chrome with flies, beads and egg sacs all producing steady results.

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions have not changed much on the lake. Temperatures have been up and down some over the last week and there has been some wind. 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.