Fishing Reports for January 14, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

With the rain and snowmelt, the water flow is running at 13,500cfs as of this morning. This flow makes many areas along the river unfishable but behind the hotels would be a good spot to try. 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, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.   

 Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The mild conditions are expected for another day so we should continue to have runoff from melting snow. We’ve been losing snow quickly with the mild conditions and you can see grass in the open areas, but we still have snow in the woods and piles from plowing. No question the water level is high, but anglers are fishing both from the bank and drift boats. Anglers who were on drift boats reported getting into fish in the mid to upper section of river. Bank anglers reported getting into fish in the upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville with the Schoolhouse, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Pineville producing action. Bottom bouncing with egg sacs or nymphs and float fishing with egg sacs or beads produced the best results.

 According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

It seems that we’ve been in a “catch 22” situation as of late. When temperatures are cold, slush has been an issue and when it warms up high water has made it difficult for anglers. But that hasn’t stopped steelhead fishermen in the past and it didn’t stop a few hearty anglers this past weekend either. Guests put in their time but were able to catch a handful of fresh steelhead. Egg sacs in chartreuse, white, and blue were the ticket. The water release will remain 1,800 cfs through midnight tonight according to the water line. 

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Oneida Lake report:

What a difference in temperatures from the bitter cold last week. The ice has held up relatively well through the warmer temperatures but areas near creeks and running water are deteriorating. With the rain you will likely find some areas of pooled water on the ice. Temperatures will steadily drop as we head toward the weekend with lows in the teens by Friday. The fishing pressure has been light the last couple of days but those reporting have found walleye and perch in about 20 feet of water taking minnows. Big Bay is producing blue gills and crappies on small jigs tipped with spikes. Be sure to use caution as you venture out.


 Sandy Pond report:

The warm weather and rain over the last few days have affected the ice. There are areas where water is pooling on the ice and especially along the shoreline and along areas of flowing water. This has made for inconsistent areas of safe ice on the pond. Be extremely cautious and patient as cold temperatures are returning by the end of the week.