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Fishing Reports for January 30, 2020

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

Oswego River report:

With the heavy rain we had on Saturday the river level has jumped to about 16,000 CFS. It has dropped back to 13,500 CFS. This high flow makes it difficult to fish. Trout and walleye fishing should be productive in the lower river. Driftboats have been seen working the waters with some nice ones coming to the net.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

The season of big rainbows continues! Even the captain got into the action!


Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, click on 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:

Several guests joined us yesterday to take advantage of the low winter flows and moderate temperatures. That said, the fish still played ‘tough to get’ for our guests. All the anglers that we spoke to had similar results 0/1, 2/2, 0/0, 2/3 etc. Egg patterns or beads were again the bait of choice but fish were also hooked on egg sacs and a swung fly. Anglers were likely dealing with slush this morning as the temperature dropped to near 10 degrees overnight. The current water flow is 350 CFS and 561 CFS at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We currently only have a few inches of snow on the ground which is well below normal for this time of year. During the week things have been pretty quiet with not as many anglers as on the weekends. Anglers have been getting into a mix of both fresh fish as well as colored up fish in the upper and lower end of the river. For those anglers who are fly fishing the most productive patterns have been wiggle stones, steelhead hammer, rusher nymphs, hare’s ear, stoneflies, small woolly buggers and estaz eggs. For those anglers who are float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs have produced the best results.

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Oneida Lake report:

Reports are varying across the lake. Areas fairly close together can have very different conditions at this time with cracks and areas heaving and expanding. Please check with local experts such as tackle shops and if you venture out, use extreme caution and check the ice as you go. Bring your safety equipment and be safe!


Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

Temperatures have been very favorable the last couple of days for ice making.  Anglers were reporting 5 ½ inches of ice on Wednesday and with temperatures in the teens overnight and again tonight, additional ice is forming.  This should set us up for some good fishing for the weekend.