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Fishing Reports for November 8, 2019

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

Notice:  Monday, November 11, is a free fishing day. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required.  All other fishing regulations still apply.


Oswego River report:

Conditions have been difficult this week with high water, rain and wind. Temperatures have also dropped significantly from last week. The river flow remains high at 14,900 cfs this morning. This flow does make many areas very difficult to fish. When conditions are decent, anglers are finding some nice steelhead, brown trout and a few rainbows. Chartreuse beads have been working well and marabou jigs enticed a couple browns as well.

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:

A mix of browns and steelhead were reported earlier in the week being picked up mainly on beads and eggs. Some anglers were able to bring a fish or two to hand, while a few others went home without a tug on the line. Reports for yesterday showed improvement over the last few days likely due to the drop in water flows. Most anglers we spoke with were able to get into some fish. Reports of fresh chrome dominated the day, with a few browns, one colored up steelie and a few skippers also reported. The morning water temperature was 46F. The water flow is currently 750 cfs at the dam and Pineville is 1070 cfs this morning.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

We have gotten mixed reports from anglers with some getting into a few fish, while others have had a couple of tough days with no action at all. For those anglers who were fly fishing dead drifting with egg patterns produced the best results. For those anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with blue and pink egg sacs or beads.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

There is not much new to report from the lake. Anglers are still finding a night bite casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark.


Sandy Pond report:

No new report.