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Fishing Reports for November 18, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been under 10,000 cfs the last few days but dropped to 6,360 cfs this morning. This level is fishable from most areas along the river. Anglers are finding steelhead, brown trout, rainbows and even a laker was taken over the weekend. Egg sacs along with beads are working well and stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs are working in the lower section of the river. Steelhead and brown trout are being found in most local tributaries. Egg sacs, beads and egg imitating flies have been working.








                           Photos courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures

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:

On Friday all sections of the run fished well, with the middle section being the top producer with a mix of browns, steelhead and domestic rainbows. Saturday clients reported having luck with pink squirmy wormies and pink sucker spawns in spite of the very cold temperatures and low water flow. Overall it was a challenging day on the run. Sunday fish were being caught, angles were working hard, and the fish were spread out. Those caught were mostly fresh steelhead. Water flow out of the dam remains at 350 cfs and out of Pineville 494 cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Anglers have reported getting into fish both in the upper and lower end of the river. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Anglers reported having action in the Upper & Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, School House Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportsman Pool. In the lower end of the river anglers have been getting into fish in the Papermill, Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase, and Black Hole. For those anglers who are fly fishing, single egg patterns fished under a strike indicator or dead drifting with nymphs and small woolly buggers have produced the best results. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with blue, pink and chartreuse egg sacs, trout beads or pink worms.

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Oneida Lake report:

With the cold temperatures and often windy conditions there have not been many anglers shore fishing. A few are still finding a night bite casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark.


Sandy Pond report:

No new report.