Fishing Reports for January 16, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

The water level has been as high as 16,000cfs this week but is running at 13,700cfs as of this morning. Conditions have remained about the same with many areas not accessible for fishing with this water level. The river walk area behind the hotels is suggested. 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.   

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 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Our guests reported a fair pick of fresh steelhead and one big rainbow down on the run yesterday. Some very nice fish were reported to have been caught on the swing with big intruders. White, chartreuse, and blue egg sacs were also effective. Temperatures look favorable overnight into tomorrow. This should give fishermen another good opportunity at some winter steel. The flow cast remains at 1,800 cfs thru Saturday night according to the waterline.  

 According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

No question the water level is high, but anglers are fishing both from the bank and drift boats. The majority of drift boats have been floating the mid to upper section of river and getting into fish. Some days the bite has been better than others, but overall anglers are getting into fish. We got mixed reports from bank anglers staying in the motel, some groups got into fish, while others had a tough time. Over the last couple of days bank anglers have gotten 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.

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 Oneida Lake report:

Considering the weather recently, the ice has held up fairly well. There are some areas of pooled water, large auger holes and areas near creeks and running water are deteriorating. However, after we get through tomorrow the forecast is calling for a steady drop in daytime high temperatures with real cold air moving in by Tuesday. The fishing has been spotty but anglers have found some walleye and perch taking minnows. Big Bay is producing blue gills and crappies on small jigs tipped with spikes. Be sure to use caution if you venture out this weekend.


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle Shop:

The warmer temperatures and rain over the last few days has created problems with the ice. Areas of pooling water and gas pockets are creating unsafe conditions on many parts of the pond. Temperatures will begin to drop over the weekend and a blast of cold air with temperatures only in the teens is expected by Tuesday and Wednesday. The ice on the pond will heal quickly under these conditions but please be patient and wait for safe ice.