Oswego County Fishing Report for October 19, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on October 19, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle:

The salmon fishing continues to impress on the Oswego River. Only a few female salmon are starting to drop their eggs. This means we have plenty of time left for targeting kings in the river. There are still kings in the lake that haven’t run into the river yet! Trout are showing up in better numbers as well. Look to target trout with 10 mm beads and egg sacs. The water flow has dropped below 3,000cfs running at 2,930cfs this afternoon.

According to Larry’s Salmon Tackle:

The trout are in the river with a sushi rig, smack beads, egg sacs and skein suggested bait. Anglers are continuing to find plenty of salmon.

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:

Reports from our anglers and River Patrol yesterday indicated a rather quiet day again as far as salmon were concerned, however, anglers targeting steelhead had another great day down on the run reporting some real bruisers! The entire run has continued to fish very well for steelhead, upper and middle sections in the morning with lower sections having a bit more of a trickle later in the day. Early this morning was reportedly quiet with activity expected to pick up as the day went on. Still, there are hookups with both kings and steelhead with no particular section of the run laying claim to being the “hot spot.”

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

This week the anglers we spoke with who fished the DSR reported getting into mostly steelhead along with some kings. The anglers we spoke with who fished the mid to upper end of the river reported getting into mostly kings along with a few steelhead. Anglers who fished the Upper & Lower Fly Zone reported a mix of kings, cohos and a few steelhead. With the amount of salmon we currently have spawning in the river, egg patterns have been the most productive, but woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and flesh flies have also produced steady results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced steady results on a daily basis.

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Oneida Lake report:

Definite fall temperatures have moved in with highs in the 50s and struggling to reach 50 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. With this temperature change look for an increase in the shoreline walleye night bite. The most active time is likely just before and after dark. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is typically quiet this time of year.