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Fishing Reports for December 30, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Our staff wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year!

Oswego River report:                                                                                        

The water flow stayed fairly steady around 12,000 CFS over the weekend. This afternoon it is flowing at 13,100 CFS. Anglers have found a good brown trout bite along with a number of steelhead. Jigs have been the bait of choice. Top photos courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures.


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. Photo courtesy of Oz Angling Tackle.

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:

The overall consensus from our guests was that the fishing was tougher yesterday than Saturday as a few more of our guests returned empty handed. Like Saturday, most of the fish caught were bright chrome and the folks that did better seemed to be fishing where small pods of fresh ones were moving through. It appeared that being in the right place at the right time was more important than the specific bait being fished. As a result, all angling methods were successful with fish being caught under bobbers, bottom bouncing, and swinging flies.  The current water flow is 500 CFS and 802 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The upper and lower end of the river has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. In the upper end of the river anglers have had action in the Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole and Trestle Pool. In the lower end of the river anglers have had success in the Papermill, Town Pool, Longbirdge/Staircase, Blackhole and DSR. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. The most productive patterns have been pheasant tails, hare’s ear, prince nymphs, stoneflies, estaz eggs and sucker spawn. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms, trout beads and marabou jigs have all produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is no new report from the lake. Daytime high temperatures are expected to be near 40 degrees early on  New Year’s Eve day but dropping into the 30s during the day. The 40s should return for the end of the week.


Sandy Pond report:

No report of activity as we wait for a stretch of cold weather for ice fishing to begin.