Oswego County Fishing Report for January 24, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 24, 2019.

Oswego River report:

The river flow dropped significantly over the weekend and has been running between 7,000 and 11,000 cfs since then. It is flowing at 10,100 cfs as of this morning. Look behind the hotels and along the westside river walk for browns, steelhead, rainbows and walleye.

According to Oz Angling:

As a float fisherman, one of the key aspects of your rig that you can adjust is the length between your float and offering. After having no takes while suspending my jig about 6 inches off the bottom, I slid my float 6 inches up my line so my jig was barely ticking along bottom throughout the drift. Within two drifts I had a nice male brown slurp the jig. One minor adjustment of your rig can make a world of difference in the realm of tributary trout fishing.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Frigid temperatures resulting in lots of slush ice once again prevented anglers from venturing down to the water on Tuesday. A break in temperatures enticed a couple of anglers to take a trip down onto the run yesterday. Through their brief ventures, all reported having had issues with anchor ice beginning to dissolve, creating what proved to be too much of an obstacle for the fish and the anglers. After a week of untouched water, it’s anyone’s game once the conditions permit. The release from the dam dropped to 285 CFS last night.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

In the lower end of the river slush ice along with shelf ice was a factor for most of yesterday. The few anglers we spoke with fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. They reported having a good day while float fishing with blue egg sacs, pink worms and beads. With the recent drop in water level anglers said the fish were holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs.

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Oneida Lake report:

With the wind that we had with the snowstorm over the weekend, the snow depth is varying on the lake. Some areas have very little with many drifts a foot to 1 ½ feet deep across the lake. Anglers were reporting 7-8 inches of ice off of Constantia, Messenger Sholes and Lewis Point. Use caution around drilled holes and watch for pressure cracks. With the rain yesterday and overnight, slush may be an issue until it freezes with the dropping temperatures. There were mixed reports on the action with a few anglers getting into some perch and a walleye or two and others finding the bite slow.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

We have had a day or so of warmer temperatures and rain but the thermometer is dropping with the rain changing over to snow showers this morning. Much of the snow we had last weekend was blown off the pond so significant snow depth has not been an issue in most areas. Anglers have been fishing out off of the Greene Point Marina as well as the Elm’s. Temperatures will be in the teens and twenties for the next few days with lake effect snow predicted for Friday into Saturday morning. As always use caution as you venture out.