Fishing Reports for December 23, 2013

Our staff would like to extend best wishes for a safe and Happy Holiday!

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


Oswego River report:

The water level spiked over the weekend running at nearly 20,000cfs. This afternoon it is currently flowing at 18,400cfs. This flow makes much of the river unfishable. Down behind the hotels along the walkway would be a suggested spot to try. 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 below.

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:

On Saturday we managed to dodge some icebergs to capture a number of fish. We have recently caught a couple of huge hens. Sunday morning was good but the water level kept increasing and by later in the day the flood waters were here. With levels at 18,000cfs + we won’t see much fishing for a few days.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

With the rain and snow melt the water flow has been very high. The level dropped to 750cfs today making for much better conditions.

 According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

Over the weekend with the safety of our guests in mind, the DSR was closed due to increased water flow. The run has reopened as of this morning as flows have returned to fishable levels.

Click here for current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

With the warm temperatures over the weekend and the rain, any ice along the river will not be safe. Temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing for the next few days so hopefully we will see some safe ice before too long.


 Sandy Pond report:

We have had a mixed bag of weather this weekend with temperatures above freezing and rain. The thermometer is expected to drop below freezing for the next few days so please be patient and wait for safe ice conditions.