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Fishing Reports for February 18, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running between 10,000 – 11,000 CFS for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 10,000 CFS. Anglers have been finding some nice steelhead along the river. Beads, jigs, and egg sacs either fished under a float or bottom bouncing are working well for steelhead and browns.  Anglers are also finding a few walleye.

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

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Salmon River report:                                         

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had 10 anglers fish the run yesterday and although reports varied across the board, most anglers were able to bring a fish to hand. A few anglers were able to bring in a handful of fish, but most reports were 1-3’s. Big, bright chromers were an even match for the bright, sunny skies which dominated the day, but the stiff wind kept it quite brisk. The water release is 350 CFS with 494 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The few anglers we spoke with reported getting into some fish in the upper and lower end of the river. Over the last couple of days anglers have had some success in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Ellis Cove, Trestle Pool, Pineville, Sportsman Pool, Papermill, Town Pool, Black Hole and DSR. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing. The most productive patterns were wiggle stones, rusher nymphs, prince nymphs, hare’s ear, steelhead hammer, steelhead stones, steak-n-eggs, estaz eggs and small woolly buggers. For those anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue eggs sacs, pink worms and beads produced the best results.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports from Oneida were good this weekend. The ice set up well with the cold temperatures late last week with 6-8 inches in many areas. Anglers were finding a good number of perch along with walleyes. Daytime temperatures will be at freezing or below Tuesday through Friday with some snow expected. The coming weekend will warm up into the 40s. As always be safe and check the ice as you go.


Sandy Pond report:

It was a good weekend on the pond with a decent perch bite. With the cold temperatures late last week, the ice firmed up well with 5 or more inches reported. The area is expected to receive 1-3 inches of snow today with possible lake effect in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Expected snow totals have not been given as yet.