Oswego County Fishing Report

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

Oswego River report

The water flow is running at 10,800cfs this morning. We do have some snow melting and the extended forecast into next week is calling for some precipitation each day. Temperatures will be warm enough for the precipitation to be rain so we will have to see how this effects the level.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Yesterday we had 15 degree temperatures and 30 mph winds. Tough day on the water. Warmer temperatures are expected today with light winds. First catch of the day was a nice steelhead. Tuesday’s trip brought a nice mix of steelhead and browns to the net.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Tuesday we had six anglers on the river fishing hard but only one met with limited success in the lower section. Tough conditions yesterday with cold and wind and the flow increased to 1500cfs. Two clients fished the lower section with no success. The fish will likely be hard to get to today due to water conditions and they will be sulking as soon as the bright sunshine hits them. Warmer temperatures but some rain expected over the weekend.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

In the upper end of the river the fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and runs as well as the deep water drop-offs adjacent to the gravel areas. In the lower end of the river the fresh fish have been holding along the inside seams and softer edges of the transition water. For those anglers who are fly fishing, single egg patterns and nymphs have produced the best results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs and beads have been most productive.


Oneida Lake and Sandy Pond report:

Although we had cold temperatures, we also had heavy snow last week and the wind has been a factor. Temperatures over the next week will be in the 40s. We have little to report from these areas as we patiently wait for open water season.