Oswego County Fishing Report

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on April 5, 2018.

Oswego River report

The water level has been running well over 10,000cfs for the last few days reaching almost 16,000cfs yesterday. This morning it has dropped back flowing at 11,200cfs. With the higher water level, very strong winds and dropping temperatures there was not much to report on Wednesday from the river. Temperatures are expected to be below normal for the next week with scattered rain and snow showers. Anglers willing to brave the elements might try the river walk behind the hotels for steelhead.

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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The river flow is up to 1500cfs through Friday night. The driftboats have been taking advantage of the higher flows and floating most of the river. A few bank anglers are fishing the lower end of the river, but the majority of them are fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. For those anglers who are not comfortable with the current water level, some of the smaller local tributaries are another option. Earlier in the week anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with pink San Juan worms and squirmy worms or indicator fishing with egg patterns. Anglers who were float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs or pink worms.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A couple of hearty anglers braved the rain and wind and fished Tuesday afternoon on the run. The high flows made things tricky, but one of them went 1/2, landing a nice brown. Unfortunately, the weather yesterday made for tough conditions with winds 25-40+ mph and temperatures dropping from an early high of 49F down to the mid 30s.

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Oneida Lake report:
There is not much to report from Oneida Lake. The weather with strong winds and snow showers has not been very favorable for open water fishing. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year 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.