Oswego County Fishing Report for January 18, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 18, 2019.

Oswego River report:

The river flow has continued to be fairly constant running very close to 15,000cfs for several days. The temperature will be in the low 30s today but begin to drop with very cold temperatures moving in for the next few days. The winter snow storm is expected to reach our area on Saturday. Conditions are expected to be very difficult through the weekend with some lake effect predicted for Monday. As the weather calms down into next week, look behind the hotels for browns, steelhead, rainbows and walleye.

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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A couple of brave souls ventured out in the winter wonderland on Tuesday after eyeing up some of the untouched water over the past few days. Persistence and patience paid off for them, as they reported getting into a mixed bag; a bunch of fresh chrome, a few domestic rainbows as well as a brown. It was quiet on the run yesterday but decent conditions today. With impending below freezing temperatures this weekend with highs around 13 F, the Douglaston Salmon Run office and property will be closed Saturday (1/19) & Sunday (1/20). The dam release is currently 350 cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river yesterday and did not clear. Today the temperature is expected to reach near 30 degrees and will be the best day to take advantage of the conditions. As we head into the weekend and the winter storm comes through our area we will be dealing with falling temperatures, snow along with blowing and drifting conditions. The Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool and Pineville is where most anglers have been fishing over the last couple of days. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success indicator fishing with single egg patterns or dead drifting with nymphs. The most productive patterns have been wiggle stones, rusher nymphs, steelhead hammer, black stoneflies, steelhead buggers, estaz eggs, steak-n-eggs and glo-bugs. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing had the most success with blue egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports are indicating the Cleveland area and areas on the eastern end of the lake such as Sylvan Beach and Messenger Bay have 6-7 inches of ice. The ice in some areas is jagged with some small gas holes so as always use caution and check the ice as you go. Temperatures are expected to be very cold over the next few days with the impending weekend snow storm expected to drop between 10-20 inches of snow over the area with winds 15-30 mph.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

With the cold temperatures we have had over the last few days ice is forming on many areas of the pond. Caution is advised as we had open water not that long ago and we did have some wind this week. In some areas snow has hindered solid ice formation. Also be cautious of gas holes in the ice. Anglers have been going out off the Greene Point Marina area as well as the Elm’s.