Fishing Reports for December 18, 2013

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


Oswego River report:

The water level has been running between 8,000-12,000cfs. This morning it is currently flowing at 9,120cfs. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s for the next few days with some snow expected. This flow makes show fishing difficult but driftboats are doing well. Egg sacs in pink, white and chartreuse are working well along with egg imitating flies and trout beads. 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 Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.   

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According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

The cold weather has been difficult for our anglers but they have been tough. Although the bite was not fast and furious on Monday, it was a good day considering the conditions. With 30 degree temperatures today, it was amazing how warm it felt and the fish were liking it too. More double digit days.  


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Tuesday the cold weather continued with single digit temperatures in the morning and the afternoon high reached into the teens. With the wind chill factor the temperature was below zero. Slush ice continues to be a factor in the lower end of the river and we are also getting shelf ice in the lower end of the river with the low water conditions. Anglers should use extra caution when wading. Yesterday anglers reported getting into a few fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Egg patterns produced the best results for those anglers who were fly fishing. For those anglers who were spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs and beads produced the best results. As of early this morning heavy lake effect snow was moving through our area. 

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Snow, snow, and more snow. The run remained slushy yesterday and again so far today. A band of lake effect has set up seemingly right over the Salmon River this morning. However, the forecast heading into the weekend looks like an improvement. Highs are forecasted to be in the 30’s-40’s and rain rather than snow is expected for precipitation. There are a few anglers down on the run today so we will keep everyone posted on the action reported.

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Oneida Lake report:

We have had a stretch of cold weather and although there is some ice formation around the lake, it is not safe at this point. Warmer temperatures are expected for the next few days, so any current ice will likely soften. The walleye bite has dropped off some but shore anglers casting stickbaits have been successful.


Sandy Pond report:

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