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Fishing Reports for February 27, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow is back up to 11,800 CFS. The next couple of days will not see favorable conditions on the river with snow and high winds. When the weather improves look for steelhead and brown trout throughout the river. Beads, jigs, and egg sacs either fished under a float or bottom bouncing are working well for steelhead and browns.

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 was the calm before the storm and a handful of anglers made it out on the run and were rewarded for their efforts. Reports ranged from 5/7, 6/7, 1/3, 0/3, many made remarks as to the size of the fish they had on the line – Big. With the winter storm including blizzard conditions moving in, the run will be closed today. The current water flow is 500 CFS at the dam and 741 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Wednesday the temperature reached 40 degrees with cloudy conditions, light drizzle and it was the calm before the upcoming storm. The few anglers we spoke with were taking advantage of conditions before the weather turns. In the upper end of the river anglers reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone and in the lower end of the river anglers reported getting into fish at the DSR. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with egg sacs, pink worms and beads. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with egg patterns. Check the forecast, heavy lake effect snow, high winds and colder temperatures are expected for our area through Friday with conditions beginning to settle down on Saturday.

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Oneida Lake report

Reports are indicating the ice has held decently through the slightly warmer temperatures early this week. There was some slush on top and some areas along the shore were questionable. The temperature has dropped and should help firm these areas up.  However, high winds along with some snowfall are hitting the area today and tomorrow with conditions improving over the weekend. Anglers have been finding a good perch and walleye bite.


Sandy Pond report:

Heavy lake effect snow and very high winds are hitting the area and expected to remain over the next couple of days.  The weather is expected to improve by Saturday.  Conditions will depend on the amount of snow the immediate area receives. Anglers have been finding a decent perch bite.