Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 18, 2018.

Oswego River report

With the rain and snow melt that we had during the warm weather last week, the river rose to over 20,000cfs. It is currently running at 13,800cfs. The flow makes it difficult to fish along the river. Once the frozen sections of the river broke up, driftboats were able to access the water for a day or so with some nice catches. Then we had high water and not much activity. Warmer temperatures are expected over the next few days with some rain in the forecast so we will have to keep an eye on the water level.

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 to view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the next couple of days we are going to have some improvement with the weather conditions. If you plan on coming up, make sure you check the waterline for the latest update. Some of the more experienced driftboat guides will be taking advantage of the high water conditions (2,200cfs through Thursday evening) and mostly floating the mid to upper end of the river. The few bank anglers who are around will most likely be in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Unfortunately another day of forecasted high water flows has kept the DSR closed for fishing. We are hoping that the flows will moderate by the weekend if not sooner. The high flows have washed out most of the shelf ice so the river should be more accessible once the flows drop. The DSR will remain closed until the flow from the dam drops below 2,000cfs.

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Oneida Lake report:

After the warm up we had last week, temperatures dropped again with nighttime lows being below zero early this week. We did have some snow early in the week but there has not been much accumulation in the last two or three days. Anglers reported that slushy areas have tightened up but as always use caution near shore and areas of running water. Areas such as North Bay, Lewis Point and Shackelton Shoals are seeing some walleye action.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

Ice fishing conditions have been good on Sandy Pond. Most areas have 8-12 inches of ice and anglers are doing well with perch along with a few walleye and Northern pike. Areas off the Elm’s, Green Point and the state boat launch at Groman Shores have been very active.