Oswego County Fishing Report for October 21, 2019: Increased Water Flow, Steelheads and More

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on October 21, 2019.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The rainfall last week increased the flows to a point where fishing off the wall is limited to only one or two spots. The flow has been running between 12,000-14,000 cfs for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 12,000 cfs.

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:

Sunday the fishing was challenging. The upper end of the run saw a pick-up after 3 pm with mostly steelheads. Today is an odd day (21st) with special regulations in effect for the Meadow Run – odd days are fly fishing only. The fog has lifted leaving us with the prospects of a gorgeous Fall day.  Reason enough to be down on the water, but the reports thus far suggest a relatively slow day. But, of course, it is still early and things could change at any time.  The upper end of the run has seen a few hook ups, as has the middle section (which is fishing somewhat better) and the lower end of the run is very quiet at this time. Water flow out of Pineville is 519 cfs and out of the dam 350 cfs through the 23rd of October.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Overall the weekend was decent and the majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish. Anglers who fished the DSR reported getting into a mix of kings and steelhead with flies and egg sacs producing the best results. In the upper end of the river anglers reported getting into mostly kings and a few trout in the Upper and Lower Fly Fishing Zones.  Anglers also reported getting into fish in some of the smaller local tributaries. The most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, hot stones, flesh fly, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

Two days in the Douglaston Salmon run with our client. The first day was pretty slow.  We took one early then we put in a long day for a couple more. Yesterday with the overcast skies the bite was much better. We had a bunch early then had a little lull and we finished strong. It was a good day!

Click here for current water flow.

Oneida Lake report:

With the cooler temperatures the night walleye bite has slowly picked up. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a suggested application for walleye this time of year. The wind has been an issue the last few days for any deeper water fishing which is winding down.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year.