Oswego County Fishing Report for November 8, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 8, 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:

The steady rain has become more scattered showers over the last couple of days and cooler temperatures are arriving for the weekend. The river level remains high with this morning’s flow at 12,080cfs. This flow makes many areas along the river difficult to fish from shore but anglers are still finding some success. Drift boats are also bringing fish to the net. There are still a few salmon being taken but the waters are active 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.

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:

Most of the anglers that joined us yesterday during this high water were rewarded with a fish here and there but no significant numbers. On a brighter note, release schedules have been posted, good-bye high water! The dam release schedule indicates it will drop to 750cfs today and down to 500cfs tomorrow. The fish have had some time to settle in, now it’s game on!

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days we got mixed reports from anglers but overall they are working hard for the fish. The high water will be dropping to a very fishable flow by the weekend. Anglers reported that the water clarity was fine and leaves weren’t much of an issue. Anglers having the most success have been covering lots of water and having the most action in the transition water. The mid to upper end of the river has been producing the most action on a daily basis. The most productive patterns have been flesh flies, egg patterns and woolly buggers. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had success with pink or blue egg sacs.

Click here for the current water flow.

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.

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.