This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on November 6, 2018.
Sunday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day, is a free fishing day in New York State. Anyone can fish the fresh waters with no fishing license required. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.
Oswego River report:
As the rain continues across the area, the water flow has been running between 11,000cfs and 15,000cfs over the last several days. This morning it is flowing at 13,800cfs. This flow makes some areas along the river difficult to fish but anglers are still finding some success. A few salmon are still being taken along with some nice steelhead, rainbows and a few brown trout.
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.
Salmon River report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:
The water is up and the heavy leaf hatch is on. It’s been a few tough days dealing with the conditions but it appears the fish are settling in and are starting to chew better for me. We’re taking fish in the fast water at the heads and the tales of the pools and it’s been a mix of beads, eggs and plugs.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Anglers yesterday reported a mix of steelies, rainbows, and browns. None in any large numbers but enough to keep things interesting. The upper half of the run seemed more productive and leaves were not a huge problem in the morning but became more of a nuisance as the day wore on. The water clarity was reported as clear. Water flows will be 1200cfs through midnight on Tuesday.
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
No question the water level is high and anglers are still trying to make the most of conditions while fishing from drift boats or along the banks. The upper end of the river in Altmar has had the best water conditions. You’re dealing with the least amount of runoff, the least amount of leaves and the best water clarity. For those anglers who don’t feel comfortable with the current water level, some of the smaller local tributaries are another option. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been flesh flies, black egg sucking leeches and egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced results.
Oneida Lake report:
Conditions are about the same on Oneida Lake. The shore night bite has increased for walleye. Casting stickbaits just before and after dark has been working well. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows.
Sandy Pond report:
There has been no activity reported from the pond. There likely won’t be much until the beginning of the ice fishing season.