Fishing Reports for December 13, 2013

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


Oswego River report:

The water level has dropped to 9,340cfs as of this morning. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s for the next few days with some snow expected. These conditions will make fishing difficult for the shore angler.  Steelhead continue to be very active along with a few brown trout. 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, click on the link below for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.  

Click here for the current water flow.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Yesterday was a cold windy day for our anglers but the fish still wanted to cooperate for us. We only handled a couple for pictures, the rest we just took the hook out in the net and released quickly. It was a good lure bite.  This morning with heavy wind and snow, our first catch was a nice 11 pound brown trout.  We have had some great days fishing. The quality of the fish is awesome this year. All released to fight another day. 

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Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The water flow is currently running at 750cfs. Thursday was another cold and windy day with single digits in the morning and teens in the afternoon. During the day yesterday we got a break from the lake effect snow, but last night it returned. With the single digit temperatures slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river. Very few anglers were on the water and the few that we spoke with reported having a slow day. As of early this morning a band of heavy lake effect snow was moving through our area. Cold weather and wide spread snow is expected over the next couple of days.

According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:

There was very little fishing pressure on Wednesday due to the weather. One angler reported landing steelhead from Altmar to Pineville using mostly lures from the driftboat but also a couple under a float with pink egg sacs.

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Oneida Lake report:

The warmer temperatures last week have turned into windy, cold temperatures with some snow. The walleye bite has dropped off some but shore anglers casting stickbaits have been successful. If these cold temperatures stay around over the next couple of weeks we may see some ice fishing before too long.


 Sandy Pond report:

We are seeing some cold temperatures but it is a bit early for ice fishing yet.