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Fishing Report for February 3, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow dropped briefly to about 8,500 CFS yesterday but just as quickly rose again. It is running at 12,700 CFS this morning. The lower river, downstream of the Route 104 bridge, is fishable on both sides of the river this time of year with the given flow. You can expect to catch mostly brown trout and walleye in the lower section using swimbaits, hair jigs, sonars, or live bait. The upper section of the river is mainly populated with steelhead right now with marabou jigs tipped with grubs, egg sacs, beads, or fatheads the suggested baits.

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:

Mixed reports from our guests on Saturday but by the end of the day the majority of our anglers had a good day. No particular area or section of the river fished better than another and the name of the game, as is often the case at this time of year, was change up your fly/bead, egg and cover lots of different water. Reports on Sunday indicated a bit of a tough day with 0/1, 0/3, 1/1 being reported. Drifting both egg sacs and beads under a bobber seemed to be the popular application.

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Oneida Lake report:

After the few days of cold temperatures, several areas of the lake such as Lewis Point and Sylvan Beach are reporting ice of 5-7+ inches.  Anglers are finding some perch and a few walleyes. Big Bay is also producing bluegills, sunfish and a few crappies with 6-8 inches of ice. As always, check the ice as you go and be safe.


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers enjoyed the weekend with good weather and 5+ inches of ice on the pond. Some anglers found a decent perch bite but you need to sort through the small ones. Although temperatures will be a bit warmer today and tomorrow, the rest of the week is low to mid 30s and nighttime lows in the 20s.