Fishing Reports for January 3, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

After running at 14,000cfs earlier in the week, the water flow is down to 7,400cfs this morning. This makes more areas along the river fishable. Driftboats are active on the river again although very cold temperatures over the next few days may cause some ice conditions. 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, click on the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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 According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We were able to get back on the water this past weekend. Saturday, even with the high, colored water, we picked at them in every spot. Sunday was a tough bite but we did manage to get a young angler his first steelhead and a little more action throughout the trip. Conditions have been a bit rough the last day or so with very cold temperatures, wind and snow.


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Over the next couple of days, wide spread snow and very cold temperatures are expected. With the temperature in the single digits during the day and below zero at night, slush ice will be a factor in the mid to lower end of the river. If you are going to fish, the section of river between Altmar and Pineville is your best bet.  Egg sacs, beads, single egg patterns and nymphs are suggested baits.

 According to Douglaston Salmon Run:

There hasn’t been a lot of activity on the run in the last day or so with the cold temperatures and snow. We have extremely cold temperatures today but the weekend is expected to moderate with 20s to near 30 degrees in the forecast.

 According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:

Last weekend we had a good outing with fish caught on floats and flies. There are a lot of fish between Altmar and Pineville. The hot items were an Oregon cheese egg imitation and blue egg sacs under floats. There are a lot of fresh, chrome fish with some darker fish that have been in the river longer mixed in.

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Oneida Lake report:

The cold temperatures this week are definitely working in the ice angler’s favor with 6-8 inches of ice in some areas. The coldest temperatures of the season are expected today. The weekend will moderate with temperatures in the 20s to near 30 degrees making for a great ice fishing weekend. Anglers are finding a decent walleye bite in about 20 feet of water and crappie and blue gills are active in the Big Bay area. As always use caution as you venture out.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We have ice, 6-8 inches, with more ice building daily. Very good conditions are predicted for the weekend as the temperatures will warm into the 20s and we will have plenty of ice. Reports are indicating the perch bite has been a bit slow but northern pike are active.