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Fishing Reports for November 1, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

As expected with the amount of rain we received since yesterday, the river flow is up to 16,900 cfs this afternoon. Along with the rain very strong winds have been pounding the area with the temperatures dropping into the upper 40s for the weekend. With these conditions, there are very few areas along the river that are fishable. When conditions have been good, anglers have been finding some nice steelhead and brown trout.

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:

In that the water release from the dam has been increased to 2200 cfs after the heavy rain, the DSR is closed for the day and will remain closed as long as the dam release stays above 2000 cfs. Wednesday was marked with short flurries of activity intermittently throughout the run. Anglers reported hook ups from top to bottom, and while they weren’t in any great numbers, steelhead and browns were seen throughout the run. A handful of anglers braved the weather yesterday and put some time in down on the run, but reports indicated a quiet day for most anglers.  A few domestic rainbows and some relentless steelhead but no browns reported in the mix.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Over the last couple of days anglers have been working hard for the fish they are getting. Anglers having the most success were covering lots of water and focusing on the transition water. Dead drifting or bottom bouncing with egg patterns continues to produce the best results on a daily basis. The most productive patterns have been sucker spawn, glo-bugs, estaz eggs, steelie omelet, flesh fly and woolly buggers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, trout beads and pink worms have produced the best results.

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Oneida Lake report:

The walleye night bite has definitely picked up with the cooler temperatures.  Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a suggested application for walleye this time of year.


Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year.