Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on March 19, 2018.

Oswego River report

The river flow has been running under 10,000cfs for several days. This morning it is flowing at 8,390cfs. Although we do not have any reports from the river, anglers are likely to find some steelhead activity along the river. Behind the hotels is a suggested location to try.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

There were several anglers on the run yesterday. Slush ice and some patches of soft anchor ice were an issue in the morning. Once areas became slush free anglers were reporting some action. One angler had drifted egg sacs under a bobber and suddenly hooked “a few” in a row. A guide reported his two clients went 6/10 with a mixed bag of brown trout, domestic rainbow, a drop-back and chrome hens in the middle section. They were swinging glo bugs and streamers. Several other clients reported activity also. The water flow is running at 750cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the cold early morning temperatures, slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river but did clear around mid day. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish both in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers who were fly fishing in the upper end of the river had success with squirmy worm flies, wiggle stones and black stoneflies either dead drifted or under a strike indicator. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had success with blue or pink egg sacs, pink worms or beads. Over the last couple of days depending on whether it was the upper or lower end of the river, anglers have been getting into a mix of fresh fish as well as colored up fish. The best action has been in and around the deeper holes and larger runs.

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Oneida Lake report:

Although we have had some colder temperatures, there is no safe ice on the lake. Stay safe as we wait for the open water fishing season to begin. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Sandy Pond report:

At this time there is no safe ice on the pond. Please be patient as we wait for open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.