Oswego County Fishing Report for January 7, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 7, 2019.

Oswego River report:

With no significant precipitation over the last few days, the water level is slowly continuing to drop running at 13,400 cfs as of this morning. This remains a high water level for bank fishing so 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:

After a tough day Saturday, things seemed to be on the up and up on Sunday. We had a little over a dozen anglers join us, a majority of them being “veteran” sticks. Not saying Sunday wasn’t a grind, but those anglers who covered water and put in the time had nothing but good news. Conditions have been tough, but as expected, after the system stabilizes from dam release adjustments the bite turned back on bringing some fresh fish into the river with nearly perfect conditions. A bit windier than most would have preferred but overcast was perfect and it wasn’t too cold. The release from the dam is 750 with the Pineville gauge at 1090 cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Yesterday the majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish both in the upper and lower end of the river. The anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with blue egg sacs. Anglers who were fly fishing had success with egg patterns under a strike indicator or dead drifting with nymphs and woolly buggers. The fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs with the softer edges and inside seams producing the most action.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is not a lot to report from the lake. However, the weather pattern appears to be changing as we get into the middle of the week as temperatures begin to drop. High temperatures on Thursday are expected to be in the low 20s dropping into the mid teens for Friday and Saturday and near 20 degrees for Sunday.

Sandy Pond report:

There has been no activity reported from the pond. Conditions may be changing as we look into the extended forecast. High temperatures are expected to only reach the mid teens by Friday and Saturday with only a couple of days next week expected above freezing. We will have to see what happens but please be patient and wait for safe ice.