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Fishing Reports for October 23, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

The rainfall last week increased the flows to a point where fishing off the wall is limited to only one or two spots. The flow has been running between 12,000-14,000 cfs for a few days. It did drop some yesterday with the flow this morning at 10,400 cfs. Hopefully it will continue to drop making more areas accessible.

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:

Much to everyone’s surprise, the release from the dam was increased to 750 cfs yesterday morning.  Some anglers were able to fair pretty well despite this bump, while others struggled to find the fish in these conditions.  Reports from the upper end of the run indicated success with a decent amount of brown trout and a few steelhead mixed in.  Anglers fishing the middle sections of the run reported a king or two but predominantly steelhead.  The release from the dam is expected to remain at 750 cfs through Friday evening with the flow at Pineville currently 1010 cfs. We strongly encourage all anglers to keep tabs on the flow with the link below.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

We got mixed reports from anglers on Tuesday. A few groups reported having a decent day but overall most of the anglers we spoke with said it was slow for them. Anglers who fished the lower end of the river reported landing some steelhead in the Staircase/Longbridge and Ballpark area. In the mid section of river anglers reported landing some kings and a few steelhead between the Sportsman Pool and Pineville. In the Lower Fly Fishing Zone anglers found some kings and a few steelhead and the Upper Fly Zone produced mostly kings along with a few cohos. The most productive patterns have been glo-bugs, sucker spawn, estaz eggs, steelhead stones, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches, bunny leeches and woolly buggers.

Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

With the cooler temperatures the night walleye bite has slowly picked up. Casting stickbaits from shore just before and after dark is a suggested application for walleye this time of year. The wind has been an issue the last few days for any deeper water fishing which is winding down.


Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year.