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Fishing Reports for January 14, 2021

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been below 10,000 CFS for the last few days. This morning it is flowing at  8,270 CFS. This flow makes most areas along the river accessible. Anglers are finding some nice brown trout and some bright steelhead for mid-January.  The weather is expected to get colder this weekend with some snow in the forecast.

Notice: 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:

An even half dozen anglers on the run Tuesday were able to connect with decent numbers of steelhead. Reports ranged from singles brought to hand up to the high rod of 6 / 7 steelhead. Guests were successful using beads and nymphing with fish ranging in size from “skippies” of 14″ or so, through some fish pushing 12# and 15# size. There was a reported mix of fresh chromers and some nicely colored fish – no one section of the run outproduced any other. Similar results were reported on Thursday with the lower section being the high producer.


Oneida Lake report:

With temperatures that continue to fluctuate we do not have safe ice at this time. Temperatures are forecasted to be somewhat colder next week. The daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is 3 fish, 15-inches or greater.


Sandy Pond report:

The weather pattern is expected to change this weekend with some colder temperatures forecasted for next week. Hopefully cold enough for some safe ice formation.