Oswego County Fishing Report for December 3, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 3, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

With more rain over the weekend, the river flow is up to 21,200 cfs as of this morning. The fish are fairly predictable with the high water conditions because most of the them are consolidated in fewer spots along the bank. Anglers are finding steelhead, brown trout and walleye. Most anglers are float fishing marabou jigs right now and some anglers have been swimming jigs along the bottom or bottom bouncing egg sacs. High water conditions haven’t been ideal lately, but luckily, there has been a healthy population of trout in the Oswego River this fall and anglers are still catching fish.

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.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Sunday we had scattered rain showers in the morning along with windy conditions, but in the afternoon the sun came out and the temperature reached into the 40’s. With the combination of runoff from the melting snow and recent rain it’s no surprise we currently have high water conditions. Anglers in the lower end of the river reported that the water was dirty along with leaves. The best water clarity and least amount of runoff was in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Ellis Cove. The few anglers we spoke with in the afternoon reported having a slow day.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Only a handful of anglers fished the run yesterday and only a couple of steelhead were brought to hand in the morning. Most angler’s reported the water becoming cloudy and the leaves were a nuisance as well. In the afternoon the few anglers that stuck it out reported difficulty getting into fish as well. We frequently see this type of slump in fish activity with rising water until the fish adjust. The water flow from the dam will remain at 1500 cfs through tonight.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. The shore night bite is still producing a few walleye with stickbaits.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. There likely won’t be much until the beginning of the ice fishing season.