Fishing Reports for February 15, 2017

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

This coming weekend Saturday, February 18, and Sunday, February 19, are NYS Free Fishing Days. No license is required to fish the fresh or marine waters of the state. 

Oswego River report

The water flow has been very steady over the last few days running right around 10,000cfs. Anglers have been finding some steelhead and brown trout from shore and by driftboat. Another round of lake effect snow is moving in tonight through Thursday but conditions will improve with little precipitation and warmer temperatures for the weekend.

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, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

Click here to view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had difficult conditions on Sunday with snow throughout the day. Of the dozen or so anglers that fished the run, most left by early afternoon and the consistent report was “no action.” Three anglers fished until late afternoon and between them they were able to bring about a half dozen fish to hand. All were drift fisherman, two pin fishing and one float/spin fishing. Two anglers fished Monday and reported getting into a few steelies and one nice brown 15+ pounds. The water flow is running at 1200cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The anglers we spoke with yesterday who fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville reported hooking into a few fish but overall had a slow day.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

We have had a good amount of snow over the last few days and more lake effect is in the forecast from this evening through tomorrow night.  Temperatures will also be warming to near 40 degrees for the weekend and into early next week.  Any ice formation is likely not safe at this time.


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers were out on the pond over the weekend. We do have another blast of lake effect snow in the forecast from tonight through tomorrow. Along with that temperatures are expected to warm up to near 40 degrees for the weekend and into early next week. We will have to see how this impacts the ice conditions.