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Fishing Reports for January 8, 2021

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow dropped from 13,000 CFS and has been hovering around 11,000 CFS for the last couple of days. Aside from the water level being high, conditions have been good the last few days on the river. The weather will be a bit colder over the weekend but no precipitation is in the forecast. 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:

Lower water levels on Wednesday allowed the anglers that joined us to cover much more ground, both north and south sides, after being limited due to higher water this past week.  A majority of anglers we spoke with were able to land multiple steelhead. Some anglers landing 5+ fish. Yesterday morning the water flow dropped again to 350 CFS. Other than another rather abrupt change to flows, conditions were just about as perfect as they come during the steelhead season.  The anglers that joined us reported a fair number of steelhead caught, but not quite as good of a bite as Wednesday for most.  The fish seem to be scattered throughout the river and with predominately fresh steelhead being caught, seemingly on the smaller side on Thursday.


According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The water level came down again and the dam release is 350cfs. The majority of anglers we spoke with who fished both the upper and lower end of the river reported getting into fish along with seeing other anglers having some action as well. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting or indicator fishing with nymphs and egg patterns. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with egg sacs or beads.


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.