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Fishing Reports for February 24, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow dropped below 10,000 CFS yesterday. This morning it is flowing at 8,630 CFS. With this flow many areas along the river are fishable. Anglers have been finding some nice steelhead along the river including this nice one off the high wall. Beads, jigs, and egg sacs either fished under a float or bottom bouncing are working well for steelhead and browns. Photo courtesy of Oz Angling Tackle.

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:

Yesterday after a cold start and some early morning slush, temperatures rose into the 40s for a nice day on the run. Although some anglers reported little success, a number of clients had a good day. A solitary angler reported 3 / 4 steelhead fishing beads under a bobber in the middle section. Another angler reported 2 / 3 steelhead floating beads, egg sacs, even flies, under a bobber in the middle section. The upper section produced 2 / 4 fresh steelhead bottom bouncing blue egg sacs. The busiest angler went 5 / 13 after having swung a cotton candy colored egg patterned fly in the upper section. The current water flow is 500 CFS at the dam and 642 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

With the beautiful weather conditions yesterday it was no surprise the number of anglers increased. Over the last couple of days anglers have had some action in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Trestle Pool, Pineville, Sportsman Pool, Town Pool, Black Hole and DSR. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with nymphs, indicator fishing with single egg patterns or swinging streamers. The most productive patterns have been wiggle stones, steelhead stones, beadhead stoneflies, steelhead hammer, prince nymphs, steak-n-eggs, steelie omelet, estaz eggs and woolly buggers. For those anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing, beads, pink worms and egg sacs produced the best results.

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Oneida Lake report

Along with decent weather, reports indicate there was a good deal of activity on the lake this weekend. Perch and walleye were being taken and some nice size fish were reported. Approximately 8-10 inches of ice was found in many parts of the lake.  Warmer temperatures, 40-50 degrees, will be in the area through Wednesday with rain likely Tuesday into Wednesday so conditions may change. Colder temperatures and possibly some snow will return for the end of the week.


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers enjoyed nice conditions over the weekend on the pond. Slightly warmer temperatures, clear skies and a decent bite made for good fishing. Temperatures in the 40s are expected into Wednesday and then the thermometer will drop again with lake effect snow possible from Thursday through Friday.