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Fishing Reports for December 2, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

There are good numbers of big trout in the Oswego River. Most fish are falling in the 6-10 pound range with some even bigger ones in the mix. Although the bite from the high wall was a bit challenging last week, patience paid off with flurries of hot bites. The Lake Ontario tributaries are abundant with steelhead and brown trout right now. Beads, egg sacs, and marabou jigs were working. The water flow has been running between 8,000-11,000 CFS for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 9,650 CFS.



According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

We’ve been seeing some big browns and this mega rainbow!









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 morning started out cold and a little windy but without snow. By day’s end we had a solid 4″+ on the ground with more forecasted overnight. As one might imagine given the weather, our guests shared that fishing was tougher throughout the day. Most were able to manage a steelhead or two with a couple groups of anglers doing a little better than that. Pink and blue egg sacs were the top bait of the day with anglers also catching fish on hare’s ear type nymphs, wooly bugger imitations, and beads.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Sunday we had calm conditions first thing in the morning and anglers we able to get a few hours in before the winter storm arrived. The majority of anglers came off the water early and were trying to stay ahead of the storm. Overall we got mixed reports from anglers; some groups were able to get into some fish while others had a tough day. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed for the winter and will reopen on April 1st, but the Lower Fly Zone is currently open. Over the holiday weekend anglers reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool, Pineville, Longbridge/Staircase, Black Hole and DSR. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or strike indicator fishing with single egg patterns. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with blue and pink egg sacs or trout beads.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

There is not much to report from the lake.  Colder weather along with snow moved into the area yesterday with those conditions continuing today.


Sandy Pond report:

No new report.