Fishing Reports for February 6, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

The water flow has been up and down some this last week running between 12,000 and 6,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 6,920cfs. Anglers were able to enjoy better conditions earlier in the week with a few nice winter chrome steelhead being taken. Things were quiet yesterday as Mother Nature dropped about 10 inches of snow on the area. 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, click on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Click here for the current water flow.   


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Tuesday was another good day of fishing down on the run. Shelf ice continued to be a problem from the tail out of the Joss and below, but the middle and upper end of the Run were fishable. Slushy conditions in the morning improved as the day progressed. Blue eggs sacs were the ticket with chartreuse, pink and white egg sacs catching a number of fish as well. Yesterday’s storm kept most anglers off the river and looking ahead cold temperatures and possible lake effect snow tonight and tomorrow will likely make conditions difficult for anglers in the lower end of the river.

  According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Wednesday a winter storm moved through our area leaving behind roughly a foot of new snow. The slush ice did not clear from the lower end of the river so anglers fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers who are fly fishing have done well with nymphs in black, brown or olive and single egg patterns in pale colors. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have done well with egg sacs, beads and pink worms. The water flow is running at 285cfs though tonight.

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Oneida Lake report:

With yesterday’s storm moving out of the area last night, we have a beautiful sunny day today. There is measurable snow on most areas across the lake with places such as Constantia reporting 11 inches when the storm was over. This will make getting on the ice more difficult. Walleye are active in 20-30 feet of water and a few anglers reported getting into some perch. Blue gills are biting in Big Bay. With all the snow, please use caution as you venture out.


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We have ice and a few days of nice weather coming up. There is some snow on the ice, however, from the system that moved through the area yesterday. The perch bite has picked up particularly on the Elm’s side of the pond. Anglers are reporting a good number of northern pike. Minnows are the bait of choice.