Fishing Reports for December 5, 2013

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


Oswego River report:

After being up as high as 16,000cfs over the weekend the water flow has dropped back to 9,160cfs this morning. We are expecting temperatures in the 50s today but that won’t last long as temperatures dip into the 30s for the weekend.  The water level has made fishing more difficult but anglers are finding a good steelhead bite.  Smack beads, estaz flies and egg sacs in white, pink and chartreuse are working well.  Just remember that steelhead or rainbows must be 21 inches long and there is a one per day limit. 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 link 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 Monday we had a great steelhead bite but the brown trout were not cooperating. This pattern has held through the week as we are having one of the best years in a long time for steelies. Our clients had one locked up every other cast on Tuesday; all easy double-digit days. Yesterday, December 4, we even found salmon in the river. You never know what you are going to find!


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

December is here and it looks like some colder temperatures will again be arriving for the weekend. Fish are now holding in the slower deeper pools and we are taking more fish in the bellies of the holes rather than the heads and tails as we did when the water was pushing 40.

 According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The mild weather is expected to continue for today but temperatures will be dropping back into the 30s by the weekend. Yesterday most of the anglers we spoke with who fished the upper end of the river reported having a slow day. In the lower end, anglers that did the best covered lots of water while fishing with egg sacs or beads. Those fly fishing got into fish on black stoneflies and pale colored egg patterns. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, reported success on blue egg sacs and pale colored beads. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1.

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Oneida Lake report:

We have had some warmer temperatures this week but temperatures will be dropping tomorrow and the wind will be a factor over the weekend. Shore anglers are still finding a night bite for walleye when the weather cooperates. Stickbaits are working well and the choice of color remains the same, blue/silver and black/silver. With these temperatures we will be waiting a while for any ice formation.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is not much activity on the pond at this time of year as we wait for some consistent cold temperatures and ice.