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Fishing Reports for January 3, 2020

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

Oswego River report:                                                                                        

The river flow has been running between 14,000 CFS and 17,000 CFS the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 15,800 CFS. The higher water makes fishing along many areas of the river difficult. Anglers were finding a number of brown trout and steelhead with behind the hotels a suggested area to try.

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.

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:

Over a dozen anglers fished the run throughout the day on Thursday and reports were decent by January standards. Plenty of folks were able to hook into a fish or two, some brought 3-4 to hand. We had reports of good size fresh steelhead (15+ lbs). The water clarity remained good throughout the day, but was starting to get a slight stain to it by the end of the day. The current water flow is 750 CFS and 1,110 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The upper and lower end of the river continue to get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. If you are willing to walk and looking for some solitude the mid-section would be a good choice. For those anglers who are fly fishing the most productive patterns have been stoneflies, pheasant tails, hare’s ear, prince nymph, steelhead hammer, small woolly buggers, estaz eggs and sucker spawn. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms, trout beads and marabou jigs have all produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

There is no new report from the lake. Daytime temperatures will be in the 40s through Saturday. Then it appears that some colder temperatures will be moving in with highs in the low 30s for several days.


Sandy Pond report:

There is nothing new to report from the pond. After the next couple of days, colder temperatures are expected to move in for several days so we will have to see how long that lasts.