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Fishing Reports for October 15, 2020

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

Lake Ontario report

The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Oswego River report:

The river flow has been running between 500 and 900 cfs this week. This morning it is running at 584 cfs.  We do have some rain moving in this evening and showers possible tomorrow. Anglers have been making the most of the low water conditions. Salmon continue to be active from the dam down along the high wall with a number of brown trout and steelhead working their way into the river. Photo courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures.

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:

Notice: Due to low water conditions and to ensure an adequate Pacific salmon egg take at the Salmon River Hatchery during the fall spawning season, the Lower Fly Fishing Zone will be closed until further notice.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The fishing was very good again on Wednesday.  While some are beginning to look less fresh than in previous days, I still received reports of many salmon in very good shape.  Not as many steelhead reported yesterday. Every angler that I asked, “How was your day?”, reported “an excellent day. We are still seeing a good mix of species and River Patrol indicated earlier this week that the estuary was “loaded” with many kings and some steelhead as well. The current water flow is 185 cfs and 213 cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Tuesday we had some scattered showers in the morning but not enough to change the flow. Showers are expected again over night and into Friday. The fishing continues to be good with kings spread out in the river from top to bottom. Anglers have reported a steady movement of kings in the Papermill, Ballpark, Town Pool, Longbridge and Black Hole. In the upper end of the river angles reported getting into kings in the Upper Fly Zone as well as the Ellis Cove area.


Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are finding walleye and perch in about 10-15 feet of water along the weed beds. Blade baits and jigs have been working. With the cooler temperatures, the shore bite should be picking up.


Sandy Pond report:

There is little to report from the pond this time of year. Look for bass along the edges of the weed beds using spinner baits and rubber worms.