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Fishing Reports for November 25, 2020

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

Our staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and be safe. 

Oswego River report:

The water flow continues to be fairly consistent running between 2,000-3,000 cfs. This morning it is flowing at 2,710 cfs.  With the holiday weekend coming up and temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s, this should provide a good opportunity for anglers to do some trout fishing. Some nice brown trout and steelhead are active throughout the river. Chasin’ Tail Adventures even found a Cisco/Whitefish on Sunday. They reported this is the first one they have seen in the river.

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 raw wind for most of the day on Monday contributed to less than pleasant conditions on the run. The fishing didn’t help all that much either. Most anglers that I talked with were able to get into a fish or two, but ones and two’s were the order of the day. Steelhead in varying sizes and still good numbers of browns are continuing to make their presence known. Tuesday the weather improved somewhat but the fishing was still challenging. The water flow at the dam is currently 335 cfs and 488 cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We got mixed reports from anglers, some got into fish, while others did not. Overall it sounded like anglers worked hard for what they got. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with egg patterns or nymphs.  Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with blue and pink egg sacs.


Oneida Lake report:

The shore bite has improved with anglers casting stickbaits just before and after dark.  Black and silver and blue and silver are good colors to try.


Sandy Pond report:

There is little to report from the pond this time of year.