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Fishing Reports for January 13, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

Jamey has been working hard to figure out the art of trout fishing on the Oz. His efforts are starting to yield better results lately as he continues to learn effective methods of targeting trout. Jamey caught this quality brown the other day while bottom bouncing a night crawler in the lower section of the river. With water flows above 10,000 CFS, trout and walleye fishing should be productive in the lower river. The current water flow is 13,000 CFS.

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.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Saturday a handful of anglers ventured out and were able to get a few tugs on the line. Two center pin anglers got into some fish “but couldn’t keep them on. They either threw the hook or broke the tippet.” Yesterday a couple of anglers braved what they called “brutal” winds. One angler fished without success, the second angler brought a brown trout and a “dark” steelhead to hand. With the rain and snow melt, the current water flow jumped up to 1,600 CFS and 2,030 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

After the warm temperatures on Saturday, what little snow we had on the ground is now gone but we’re still getting some runoff from melting snow on the Tug Hill and the recent rain. The majority of anglers on the river right now are in drift boats taking advantage of the high water conditions. The few bank anglers who came out to take advantage of the warm weather and didn’t mind the high water had some action both in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers who had the most success were bottom bouncing or float fishing with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms or beads.

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Oneida Lake report:

Temperatures have been up and down and although some areas of the lake have iced over, the ice is not safe at this time. Warm temperatures and high winds are not a good formula for ice formation.  Some extended forecasts show temperatures dropping later this week for a more extended period. Please be patient and wait for safe conditions.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

There is no safe ice on the pond. Although there were some areas that had iced over, the wind along with warmer temperatures this weekend have not been favorable for solid ice formation. We will keep you updated when we get a stretch of colder temperatures.