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Fishing Reports for October 4, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

Lake Ontario:

As we move into the month of October the number of lake fishing anglers has dwindled. Salmon along with some browns and steelhead are making their way up into the area tributaries. It has been a great season but our reports for the lake are ending until Spring.

Oswego River:

The river flow spiked to just over 6,000 cfs yesterday after rainfall in the area. This afternoon the flow is at 3,300 cfs. After a very warm and humid day on Tuesday, the weather pattern has definitely changed. The temperatures are expected to be in the 50s for the next five days with the exception of Sunday which may reach the low 60s. Water temperatures in the river are dropping and this should set us up for some good salmon action in the days ahead. Anglers have been finding salmon off the wall using skein under slip floats and deep diving thundersticks.  Egg sacs, beads, soft plastic eggs, marabou jigs, and skein have all been used to catch salmon                      Photo courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures at the dam.

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:

Yesterday was a chilly day down on the run and it brought many happy reports from our anglers. Early in the afternoon a guide came up and told us that in the middle section of the run, “the fish seemed to come out of nowhere” and some anglers hooked into the double digits. As the day carried on anglers came to us reporting better movement throughout the run in the later afternoon than in the morning and seeing small pods of fish in the lower sections. One angler, new to our area, experienced hooking a large steelhead and said, “I definitely had to work for it and I couldn’t even land him!” Overall, the run experienced a good push of fish and all our anglers were happy with their day!         Photo courtesy of High Adventure Sportfishing                                       

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The good news is that Wednesday morning scattered rain showers moved through the area along with a cold front which has given us much colder conditions for the remainder of the week. We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom. The lower end of the river has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis but anglers have been getting into kings in the DSR, Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark, Papermill and RT2A. In the mid to upper end of the river the fish continue to be holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported fish holding in both the Upper & Lower Fly Zone. The most productive patterns have been glo-bugs, sucker spawn, estaz eggs, hot stones, steelhead hammer, egg sucking leeches, comets, bunny leeches and woolly buggers.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

For bass, keep an eye out for bird activity or for fish breaking on the surface. This species can provide some exciting fishing.  The stretch of warmer weather slowed the shore walleye bite but cooler temperatures have moved in so the action is likely to pick up. Casting stickbaits just before or after dark is working well. Anglers are still finding some in deeper water – around 25 feet.  A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing, some popular ones have been worm harnesses, blade baits, swim baits and stickbaits.


Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond which is typical for this time of year.