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Fishing Reports for January 24, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running from 13,000 CFS down to 10,000 CFS yesterday morning. This afternoon it is flowing at 11,500 CFS. This flow still makes many areas along the river are difficult to fish. Trout and walleye fishing should be productive in the lower river. Bottom bouncing a night crawler in this area has caught their attention.

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:

With temperatures broaching the 40 degree mark today anglers steadily trickled in, but definitely less rods on the water today than most would have anticipated given the reduced flows.  Those anglers who took advantage of some pretty awesome mid-winter conditions reported a successful day overall.  It seemed from reports, the morning still remained the most productive, tapering off gradually as the day went on.  Of the fish reported most were bright, fresh steelhead.  The estuary and lower end of the run has started to break open allowing for some more opportunities down low.  Shelf ice didn’t seem to be too much of a hurdle today, but some slush reported very early this morning. The current water flow is 350 CFS and 536 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Over the next couple of days the temperature is expected to warm up along with dry and quiet conditions. Rain and some snow is expected over the weekend. Anglers have reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville.  Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with nymphs and egg patterns. The most productive patterns have been stoneflies, hare’s ear, steelhead hammer, wiggles stones, rusher nymphs, steak-n-eggs, estaz eggs and small woolly buggers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced the best results.

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Oneida Lake report:

Although we have had some cold temperatures, the thermometer is going back up into the upper 30s for the next few days. Rain is expected on Saturday with a couple of inches of snow likely on Sunday. The colder weather was not long enough to provide safe ice conditions on much of the lake.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

After the recent cold temperatures there is ice on Sandy Pond.  Anglers are reporting approximately 5+ inches in many areas. Anglers are finding a couple of inches of crusty snow which may become slushy during the day as temperatures are expected to be in the upper 30s through the weekend. Anglers are finding some perch although you may be sorting through several to find a keeper. Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow with a couple of inches of snow expected Sunday. As always, check the ice as you go and be safe.