Oswego County Fishing Report for October 2, 2018

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was posted on October 2, 2018.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait and Tackle:

Fishing on the Oswego River was hot this weekend. Anglers at the dam were catching mostly kings with some browns and rainbows mixed in. The most effective offerings at the dam were pink egg sacs, skein, and estaz flies. Anglers fishing off the wall were having great success on kings and rainbows using skein and deep diving lures. Float fishing with skein on the Oswego River has become a popular tactic for targeting king salmon during the fall over the past couple years. The skein bite will continue to improve as the water temperature drops throughout the month of October. The water flow has been running between 3,000-4,500cfs over the past couple of days. This morning it is flowing at 3,230cfs.

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:

With cooler temperatures and some rain overnight, last evening saw a good amount of fish move into the run and upriver. The River Patrol fishing report: the estuary section of the run is loaded with fish (particularly one channel), however the fish do not seem to be making their way upriver as of early this morning. The lower section reporting slow fish movement, middle section reports fish present and moving through and the upper section is the most active part of the run. Most fish are reportedly kings with a few steelhead being taken yesterday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:

We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom. In the upper end of the river anglers reported kings holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. If you’re looking for fresh fish the mid to lower end of the river is your best bet. Some days have been better than others but overall fish have been moving through on a daily basis. The majority of anglers we spoke with over the weekend got into mostly kings but a few anglers got into some cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been orange or pink comets, black egg sucking leeches, black/olive/brown woolly buggers, black/olive/white bunny leeches, black/olive/white zonkers, orange/chart/pink/blue estaz eggs, pink/chart/orange/oregon cheese glo-bugs.


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Oneida Lake report:

The cooler temperatures which have moved into the area will likely spark a bit more walleye activity. Look for the night bite trolling in shallow water or fishing from shore to pick up as the fall temperatures move in. Anglers are continuing to find a few walleye in deeper water during the day. 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.