Oswego County Fishing Report for December 10, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on December 10, 2018.

Oswego River report:

With little significant precipitation in the last few days, the river level continues to drop slowly running at 17,000cfs as of this afternoon. This is still a high level for fishing along much of the river. Behind the hotels is a suggested area for steelhead, browns and walleye. Many Lake Ontario tributaries are also producing some nice trout.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

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Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the recent drop in water level, 750cfs, we saw an increase with the number of anglers yesterday. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into some fish. In the lower end of the river anglers reported getting into some fresh chrome while bottom bouncing or float fishing with blue egg sacs. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported that fish were holding along the edges of the softer water in the deeper holes and larger runs. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The reports were very positive yesterday. All but two of our 20 or so clients were able to get into at least one fresh chrome steelhead with twos to fours more the case. One skillful angler admitted, only because this is his last day, that he had his third double-digit day in a row bringing six to hand of the 12 he was able to connect with. He drifted blue egg sacs under a bobber to account for the fish all three days. Another team in a drift boat also scored double-digits for steelhead using 10mm chartreuse beads. We even had a nice 14″ brown trout brought to hand. Along with blue egg sacs other clients were successful using such varied lures as KO Wobbler spoons, egg-pattern flies, and yellowish beads.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. We have had some cold temperatures but the thermometer is expected to reach into the 40s by the end of the week. Safe ice formation is a ways off yet. The shore night bite is still producing a few walleye with stickbaits.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. Although we have had some colder temperatures, we still need a period of steady cold temperatures for safe ice formation.