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Fishing Reports for February 7, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow is currently flowing at 11,100 CFS which is a drop from nearly 13,000 CFS earlier this week. Wednesday was a good one for trout anglers on the Oswego River. The water level dropped a bit, turbidity was low, and the bite was on for anglers who fished in the afternoon. Most reports were of steelhead being caught on Ozzy jigs under a float, but a few browns and walleyes were caught as well. Egg sacs were said to produce a few steelhead also. It seems like pink and white were the best colors for jigs and sacs in the clear water conditions.

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:

Just a couple of anglers on the run yesterday given the weather and travel conditions.  A bit of slush in the morning, but it didn’t seem to put too much of a hitch in one angler’s gitty up this morning.  Spending the greater part of the day down on the run, proved pretty successful considering some of the quieter days we’ve been experiencing.  Center pins were the weapon of choice for these two anglers  indicating egg sacs were the ticket.  No particular section fished better than another. Covering ground still remains the name of the game. As we move closer the weekend, forecasts are projecting extreme winter temperatures for Saturday being in the low teens but back up to near 30 degrees on Sunday. The river flow is 350 CFS with 500 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the last couple of days anglers who had the most success did so in the upper and lower end of the river. In the upper end of the river anglers have had success in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Pineville. In the lower end of the river anglers have had success in the Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase, Black Hole and DSR. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs or indicator fishing with single egg patterns. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs, pink worms, beads and marabou jigs have all produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

After the few days of cold temperatures, several areas of the lake such as Lewis Point and Sylvan Beach were reporting ice of 5-7+ inches.  Anglers were finding some perch and a few walleyes. Big Bay has also been producing bluegills, sunfish and a few crappies with 6-8 inches of ice. The area received 3-4 inches of snow on Wednesday night with heavy snow falling during the day today with an estimated 6-12 inches expected. Be safe!


Sandy Pond report:

Anglers enjoyed the weekend with good weather and 5+ inches of ice on the pond. Some anglers found a decent perch bite but you need to sort through the small ones. Snow moved across the area Wednesday night dropping 3-4 inches. A second system has moved in with 6-12 inches expected throughout today. Saturday is expected to be very cold with a high temperature in the teens, moderating on Sunday.