Fishing Reports for February 12, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

The water flow has been under 6,000cfs since Friday. This morning it is flowing at 4,610cfs. This level makes more areas along the river accessible. Drift boats were out over the weekend in search of steelhead with some success. 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 Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure link below.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Monday was another cold day and we picked up another couple of inches of snow overnight. The temperature is expected to hit the upper 20s over the next few days. The slush ice did clear from the lower end of the river late in the afternoon but we did not speak with any anglers who fished it. The anglers staying in the motel have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville and getting into fish.  Nymphs, single egg patterns, egg sacs, beads and pink worms are working well.

 According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday despite the cold temperatures, we had a couple fishermen brave the elements for an afternoon of fishing down on the Run. The lull in the lake effect snow during the afternoon allowed the slush to clear out for a bit and the fish were ready for action. Egg sacs in pink, chartreuse and white were the ticket. Flows will remain at 285cfs through this Saturday and temperatures will warm slightly towards the end of the week.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports from Oneida Lake over the weekend varied depending on whom you spoke with. Some anglers did well getting into perch and walleye while others reported having a slow day. The wind has made snow drifts in areas across the lake so use caution as you move around. Walleye were taken in the 20-30 foot water depth.  Jigging spoons and blade baits tipped with minnows are working well. Blue gills are still being taken in Big Bay on jigs.


 Sandy Pond report:

We have plenty of ice and temperatures over the next week are expected to moderate to the upper 20s to low 30s. The perch bite has picked up particularly on the Elm’s side of the pond. Anglers are reporting a good number of northern pike. Minnows are the bait of choice.