Oswego County Fishing Report for October 20, 2017

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing is winding down for the season.

Oswego River report

The water flow has been very low since last Friday when it dropped significantly. This morning it is flowing at 1390cfs. Anglers are finding salmon along with some steelhead. Floating skein, smack beads, egg sacs or throwing stickbaits are working. The area creeks are active with a number of fish.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday the River Patrol reported moderate steelhead activity in the upper and lower sections of the run. A few king salmon were seen as well. This morning the uppermost section slowed down with the upper section seeing good steelhead movement. The middle section is seeing a lot of steelhead with the lower section slowing down a bit. There is some good fish movement in the estuary which should pay off later this morning and during the day. The water flow remains at 335cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We still have a few salmon moving through the lower end of the river but the best action for salmon has been in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. These fish have been holding in and around the gravel areas of the river. Anglers fishing the Upper & Lower Fly Zones have reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. In the lower end of the river the majority of anglers have been targeting steelhead. If you’re fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging streamers has produced steady results. Bright colored egg patterns have worked well in the end of the river while pale colors seem to work better in the upper end of the river. Anglers using streamers have done well with egg sucking leeches, woolly buggers and flesh flies.

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Oneida Lake report:

The cooler temperatures we had for a few days have turned back to warmer temperatures the last few days. These will hold on through Monday and temperatures will begin to drop through the week. Anglers should find a decent walleye bite at this point. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a good application at this time of year. Look for perch in about 10-15 feet of water using minnows. Surface activity may indicate smallmouth bass that are feeding on gizzard shad.

Sandy Pond report:

There is very little activity to report at this time.