Fishing Reports for February 15, 2013

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


Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Over the weekend it was doubles and more doubles and the action continued into this week. Warmer temperatures and a good bite, it doesn’t get any better. This is some of the best February fishing I have seen in a long time. The wind was again an issue some during the week but conditions settled down mid-week. Steelhead started responding as the temperatures started rising and some fresh ones are showing up. Colder temperatures will be returning for the weekend. With the waterflow running at 10,000cfs, shore anglers have been trying their luck behind the hotels.

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 Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Steelhead fishing was once again productive on a beautiful day here in central New York on Thursday. Our guests continue to find steady action on white and pink egg sacs; also effective today were bright pink 10mm beads. Our fly fishing guests caught fish on pink Babine Special imitations #8-10 along with hot pink nuke eggs #10. Today looks like it will be another nice day with highs in the upper thirties before winter returns again on Saturday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

There were more anglers on the water the last couple of days with the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville getting the most attention. Anglers in the mid to lower end of the river have been finding fish in the Sportsman Pool, Papermill, Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase, and the Black Hole. Randy and I fished for a few hours Thursday afternoon and the water was still a little off color. We worked hard for the fish we got, but we covered lots of water and managed to land some fresh chrome and a couple nice browns while spin fishing with blue and chartreuse egg sacs. The water flow is currently running at 750cfs.

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Oneida Lake report:

Ice fishing was very popular on Oneida Lake over the weekend. Areas along the north shore including North Bay were very active and people were fishing the most popular areas all around the lake. Reports indicated a decent walleye and perch bite with minnows a good choice of bait. Approximately three inches of heavy wet snow fell Monday night in the Constantia area making conditions a bit more difficult. As always use caution and check the ice frequently as you venture out. 


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice is holding up well on the pond. There is 6-10 inches in most areas depending on where you are. Overall the perch bite has been slow. Anglers are finding a decent pike bite especially near Green Point. Minnows are the choice of bait.