Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 28, 2017.

Our staff wishes everyone a safe and very Happy New Year.

Oswego River report

The river flow has again been up and down over the last few days running between 4,800 and 7,200cfs. This morning it is running at 6,800cfs. There has not been much to report from the river. The City received over two feet of snow overnight on Tuesday and with the bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, there has not been much activity. When conditions moderate, look for steelhead and rainbows throughout the river.

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:

It was cold and quiet on the run yesterday. We did not have any anglers venture out on the water. As far as the trail and water conditions, we received about three feet of snow over the past few days and everyone has been digging their way out. At the DSR, we’ve cleared the trails to each set of steps and cleared the steps but beyond that, it’s a trail waiting to be blazed. The water temperature is 31 degrees and is running at 335cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Wednesday was another cold day and the temperature was in the single digits for most of the day. We did have calm conditions along with some sunshine in the afternoon. Slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river and it did not clear. The few anglers we spoke with reported that slush ice was not a factor in the mid to upper end of the river. They also reported that most of the public access parking lots had been cleared. Very cold temperatures are expected over the next several days.

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Oneida Lake report:

The ice we have been waiting for is forming with the very cold temperatures we are experiencing. Winds early in the week made for wavy conditions on the lake causing some uneven ice so be careful as you go. With the forecasted very cold temperatures over the next week, conditions should steadily improve. Anglers are reporting about 5 inches on Big Bay and areas along the north shore. As always, check the ice as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

We were waiting for cold temperatures – and now we have them. With cold temperatures the last few days and the thermometer not expected to reach 20 degrees over the next week, the ice fishing season is about to begin. Anglers have been on the pond but the area also received significant snowfall this week. Please use caution if you venture out and check the ice as you go.