Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 22, 2018.

Oswego River report

The water flow was running between 14,000-15,000cfs over the weekend. It is currently running at 13,600cfs. The flow makes it difficult to fish along the river. With the high water there has not been much activity. Warmer temperatures are expected to continue for a couple more 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.

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Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the weekend we had some really nice weather and the temperature reached into the 40s. The water level remains high (2,000cfs) but some anglers still came up and fished. Some of the more experienced driftboat guides continue to take advantage of the high water conditions and are floating most of the river. The majority of bank anglers have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville, but over the weekend bank anglers were fishing mid river as well as the lower end between the Staircase and Town Pool. Anglers who had the most success were bottom bouncing with flies or float fishing with egg sacs and beads.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Unfortunately another day of forecasted high water flows has kept the DSR closed for fishing. 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:

Anglers reported good conditions on the lake over the weekend. Some areas had a couple of inches of snow and a drift here or there but overall walking was not difficult. Walleyes were active with several nice keepers taken. Perch seemed a bit more elusive but there were some reported.

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.