Oswego County Fishing Report for December 7, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 7, 2018.

Oswego River report:

The river flow has dropped just a little to 18,900cfs which is still very high. Most areas along the river are unfishable but behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers are finding steelhead, browns and a few 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.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

I had a handful of tough days with rising water, tons of leaves and snow melt. We struggled to get a fish or two each day. Now it appears the cold temperatures have locked up the excess runoff and the bite is back on. I’ve been covering a lot of water and I believe there are plenty of fish spread throughout the river, but we are into our winter pattern and a hole that is hot today will be dead tomorrow.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The few anglers we spoke with this week reported that the water clarity had improved on Wednesday and was much better than the previous day. Most of the anglers that are here right now are fishing with drift boat guides, but a few bank anglers are fishing as well and mostly in the mid to upper end of the river. The drift boats are covering lots of water, while the bank anglers are mostly fishing between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers who were fly fishing had some success dead drifting with woolly buggers and nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. For those anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing, blue egg sacs produced the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Wednesday a quiet morning turned into about a dozen anglers fishing the run over the course of the day. Most anglers reported a fair amount of action despite the flows with ones and twos brought to hand. Yesterday the two guides we spoke with reported no activity. The posted dam release remains at 1500 cfs until 11:59 PM tonight (Friday). The reported flow at the Pineville gauge is 1990 cfs.

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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. Although we have had some colder temperatures, we still need a period of steady cold temperatures for safe ice formation.