Oswego County Fishing Report for January 4, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 4, 2019.

Oswego River report:

The water level has been fairly consistent for the last week or so. This morning it is flowing at 15,700 cfs. Conditions are about the same on the river. 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. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:

A few anglers had the run to themselves yesterday. Those who put in their time were rewarded with a few fish in the net. Water flows are posted to remain at 1,500 cfs through 9 p.m. this evening when it will drop to 750 cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Wednesday we had blue skies with plenty of sunshine and the temperature reached near 30 degrees. The water level continues to be high but a few anglers are still fishing both from the bank as well as drift boats. The majority of bank anglers are fishing the upper end of the river mostly between Altmar and Pineville. The drift boats have been taking advantage of the high water and floating most of the river. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have had the most success with blue egg sacs. For those anglers who are fly fishing both dead drifting or indicator fishing with wiggle stones, rusher nymphs, steelhead stones, woolly buggers, sucker spawn and glo-bugs have all produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. High temperatures are expected to be above freezing through the weekend. With no sustained period of cold temperatures, safe ice formation is still 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.