Oswego County Fishing Report for December 31, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 31, 2018.

Our staff extends our best wishes for a safe and very Happy New Year!

Oswego River report:

The water level has been pretty consistent running between 16,000-17,000 cfs over the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 16,200 cfs. Rain is expected to move into the area late this afternoon and could be heavy at times with very strong winds. Conditions are expected to settle down tomorrow afternoon. With the high water level and fast flow, the lower east side behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers have found browns, rainbows and a few walleyes using jigs or bottom bouncing egg sacs.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The water flow bumped up to 1600 cfs over the weekend. After warmer temperatures on Friday, the thermometer dropped during the day on Saturday with some anglers leaving early. All in all, a majority of the anglers who were swinging flies were able to get into a couple of fish. A few on but if they got into the heavy current, off they went!

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water level is still high but anglers are fishing and making the most of tough conditions. The drift boats are floating most of the river and taking advantage of the high water conditions. The majority of bank anglers are fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers who are fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs and egg patterns. Angler who were float fishing or bottom bouncing had the most success with blue egg sacs. Smaller local tributaries are also providing some good fishing opportunities.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 40s today and New Year’s Day with heavy rain and wind expected overnight. For now safe ice formation is a ways off yet.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. There has not been a stretch of cold temperatures as yet for ice formation.