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Fishing Reports for February 20, 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 9,000 – 12,000 CFS for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 10,800 CFS. Anglers have been finding some nice steelhead along the river including some fresh chrome. 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.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Tuesday the weather and the fish made our guests work hard for their bites and only a few anglers were able to bring a fish to hand. A mix of fresh and dark fish were reported. Fish were caught using a variety of techniques including swinging flies on a floating line (small minnow pattern), eggs sacs and beads under a float, and nymphs using traditional fly fishing technique. Wednesday the threat of lake effect snow kept anglers at bay. One angler was able to wrangle in two fish in just a few hours.  Egg sacs were the ticket for this angler, noting a color change up once in a while did the trick. There was a bump in the water release to 750 CFS last night with 873 CFS at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

Conditions were good on the lake over the weekend and anglers found a decent perch bite along with some walleyes. Anglers were reporting 6-8 inches of ice in many areas. A number of gas holes have been noticed so use caution as you go and check the ice.  Be sure to take your safety equipment as well. Lake effect snow was predicted last night into this morning with about 5 inches of light fluffy snow reported. Temperatures are expected to reach near 40 degrees this weekend.


Sandy Pond report:

It was a good weekend on the pond with a decent perch bite. Anglers are reporting 5+ inches of ice. Temperatures have remained cold this week with a little snow but the area was not under the lake effect band that hit to the south last night. Temperatures will be warming to near 40 degrees for the weekend and low 40s through early next week.