Oswego County Fishing Report for December 19, 2018

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

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

We’ve been putting our hand tied marabou jigs to work these last couple weeks and having excellent results. These hungry browns don’t seem to have much preference for size or color, as we’re catching many on a variety of jigs. The 1/16 ounce green head, white body, white tail and 1/8 ounce all black have done the trick. Some browns have not yet spawned. The river flow is currently 13,200cfs.

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:

Yesterday the majority of anglers said they had a good day and the best reports came from the mid to upper end of the river. Anglers reported getting into a mix of fresh chrome as well as some darker colored up fish. With the low water conditions the fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. Anglers who were float fishing or bottom bouncing had success with pink and blue egg sacs, beads or pink worms. For those anglers who are fly fishing dead drifting with nymphs, indicator fishing with egg patterns or swinging streamers with sinking leaders have all produced results. The most productive patterns have been black stoneflies, wiggle stones, steelhead stones, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, woolly buggers and leeches.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

It’s definitely steelhead season with the cold temperatures. Yesterday anglers reported a fair amount of action including a few brown trout with ones and twos each but no significant numbers. Slush didn’t seem to be much of an issue but there were reports of ice collecting in some areas of the run. Look for temperatures to be well above freezing on Friday. The release at the dam is 350cfs with a reported flow of 525cfs at Pineville.


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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. Temperatures are again up and down this week with 20s on Tuesday and temperatures near 50 degrees on Friday. The extended forecast then calls for several days in the 30s. Safe ice formation is a ways off yet.

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.