Oswego County Fishing Report for February 22, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on February 22, 2019.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Last week the river shot up to 16,000cfs which triggered a fresh run of chrome steelhead and turned the brown trout and walleye bite on. The flow is currently at 10,900cfs. Anglers using jigs and soft plastic swimbaits have been producing walleye and brown trout in the lower river. Jigs, pink worms, wax worms and egg sacs have been taking steelhead throughout the entire river.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Drift boats continue to take advantage of the high water conditions and have been floating the mid to upper section of river. For those anglers who are fly fishing the most productive patterns have been rusher nymphs, black stoneflies, steelhead hammer, wiggle stones, woolly buggers, estaz eggs and sucker spawn. For those anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing, pink and blue egg sacs, beads or pink worms have all produced results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A half dozen anglers joined us on the run on Wednesday. Reports from these anglers indicated a great day overall with some reporting numbers close to double digits. Yesterday the action was a bit slow. Shelf ice is no longer an obstacle. The only thing that proved to be an issue with accessing the lower end has been high snow banks and hard ice, making for a tricky venture. Flows are scheduled to drop to 750cfs today.

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Oneida Lake report:

There have been mixed reports from Oneida Lake. A few anglers were able to get into a number of perch and a few walleye. Others reported hit or miss action. Anglers in Big Bay found some blue gills and crappies. Reports have indicated overall decent ice conditions although with some warmer temperatures, anglers were finding some are of slush where there was a bit of snow cover. However, temperatures will reach 40 degrees on Saturday and likely into the low 50s early on Sunday dropping during the day. High winds are expected on Sunday into Monday. This may also contribute to the ice breaking up so use extreme caution and monitor changing conditions.

Sandy Pond report:

Ice conditions have been good on the pond. We have had cool temperatures and no significant snowfall this week. Anglers have found a decent perch bite along with a few pike. We are expecting a warm up into the 40s this weekend with high winds expected on Sunday. This may cause deteriorating ice conditions so be aware of conditions and use extreme caution.