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Fishing Reports for January 4, 2021

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running between 10,000 and 13,000 CFS. This afternoon it is flowing at 12,900 CFS. The higher flow makes some areas more difficult to fish. Anglers are finding some nice brown trout and steelhead with egg sacs and beads.

Notice: 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:

A dozen anglers fished the run on Sunday and it was a grind for nearly everyone. Only a couple anglers of those we spoke with managed to get a bite or two. Despite snow flurries for most of the afternoon, slush was not reported to be an issue. Today was a fairly quiet day on the run. The dam release was adjusted mid morning from 750 CFS to 500 CFS. Typically in these instances of fluctuation, we see fish activity come to a screeching halt. The few anglers that joined us today faired pretty well given the abrupt change. A majority of these anglers swinging flies, indicated 1’s and 2’s on steelhead with a few brown trout in the mix.  The reduction of flows will surely offer anglers more ability to wade and navigate, but we’ll see what the fish want to do tomorrow!.


Oneida Lake report:

With temperatures that continue to fluctuate we do not have safe ice at this time. The daily limit for walleye on Oneida Lake is 3 fish, 15-inches or greater.


Sandy Pond report:

With the temperatures we have had and no stretch of cold weather, there is no safe ice on the pond.