Oswego County Fishing Report for October 12, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on October 12, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry’s Salmon Tackle:

The skein bite is #1 right now followed by thundersticks and then smack beads. Fishing is GOOD the first couple of hours and the last couple of hours in the evening. There is also tons of fish at the steam station using skein under a float and thundersticks. Another place is under the Rte. 104 bridge on the east side in front of the lock using the same technique.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing on the run yesterday was consistent and moderate with a fair mix of fish but people were mostly spotting and hooking steelhead and kings. While the steelhead and kings predominated, a couple brown trout were sighted here and there. Our river patrol noted last evening that lots of fish were moving through and heading towards the shallows. Reports so far today indicate that the middle section is producing the most action. The water flow is running at 335cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

Yesterday, late in the day after the rain, the temperature started dropping and much cooler weather conditions are expected as we head into the weekend. The runoff from the rain caused off color water conditions in the mid to lower end of the river. Anglers reported that the best water clarity was in the upper end of the river in Altmar. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported having a very good day throughout the river. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with some steelhead and cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been glo-bugs, estaz eggs, sucker spawn, egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers, flesh fly, steelhead hammer, beadhead stones and bunny leeches. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced steady results.

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Oneida Lake report:

After several days of summer-like temperatures, the thermometer has dropped significantly overnight and temperatures are expected to be in the 50s over the next several days. With this temperature change look for an increase in walleye activity and a more active night bite. Anglers are continuing to find a few walleye in deeper water when conditions allow. Look for bass along the weed beds. Worm harnesses, jigs, crankbaits and blade baits are working well.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.