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Fishing Reports for January 9, 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 – 15,000 CFS the last few days with an occasional slight drop here and there. It dropped yesterday with today’s flow at 12,000 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. Driftboat anglers are reporting some nice fish.

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:

Conditions proved to be pretty tough with constant wind on Monday. Anglers reiterated that it was tough to get a good drift in and much colder than expected, forcing some off the water fairly quickly.  About half of our anglers were able to wrangle some fish in, with the high stick being 7 fish that day.  Just over a dozen anglers joined us for the greater part of the day Tuesday under more comfortable conditions. Nearly all of our anglers reported getting into steelhead. Some fared better than others with a common 1 and 2’s theme. We had a handful of anglers venture out on the run yesterday and a couple of fish were brought to hand despite the wind, snow and bump in flows. A heavy snow band moved through in the morning, but we only picked up an inch or two. Water was clear and cold. The current water flow bumped up to 1,200 CFS Tuesday night and 1,530 CFS at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report:

Temperatures have been up and down and although some areas of the lake have iced over, the ice is not safe at this time. Temperatures are expected to reach into the 50s this weekend with rain in the forecast. Some extended forecasts show temperatures dropping later next week for a more extended period. Please be patient and wait for safe conditions.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

There is no safe ice on the pond. Although there are some areas that have iced over, the wind along with upcoming warmer temperatures this weekend are not favorable for solid ice forming in the near future. We will keep you updated when we get a stretch of colder temperatures.