Fishing Reports for December 19, 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 9,190cfs. Temperatures are warming up as we head into the weekend. The next couple of days will be in the upper 30s to the mid to upper 40s for Sunday. 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 the link below of 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:

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 Wednesday a heavy band of lake effect snow stayed with us for most of the day. The weather conditions are expected to improve as we head into the weekend with mild temperatures in the forecast. With the heavy snow slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river. The mid to lower section has shelf ice in some of the bigger pools along the edges and anglers should use 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 fly fishing; for spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs and beads worked well.

 According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

Snow, snow, and more snow. The run remained slushy yesterday and again so far today. A band of lake effect set up over the area yesterday again yesterday. 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.

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Oneida Lake report:

The report sounds like a repeat of last week. We have had some very cold temperatures this week but as we go into the weekend the thermometer is going up with temperatures in the 40s and rain predicted. Any current ice formation will likely soften so please be patient for safe conditions. 


 Sandy Pond report:

The very cold temperatures this week will be ending as warmer air is moving into the area. Temperatures will be ranging from the upper 30s to possibly upper 40s on Sunday. Please be patient and wait for safe ice conditions.