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Fishing Reports for October 25, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

The river flow has been varying a little over the last few days running between 10,000-13,000 cfs. After being up over 12,000 cfs yesterday, it has settled back to 10,600 cfs this morning. This level still makes many areas along the river difficult to fish. Tomorrow is expected to be a cool but a nice day with rain moving in again on Sunday.

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 Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

Fishing on the Salmon River has been up and down lately. Wednesday was pretty good with yesterday being a tough day. Here’s a couple of our recent catches.


According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The reports from our anglers and River Patrol have certainly given us all a little hope, reporting some signs of life after a few pretty tough days down on the run.  Anglers who persevered and put in the time were able to land a fair number of steelhead with a few browns in the mix, but no reports of kings today. It’s officially steelhead season, and the name of the game is cover ground!

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The few anglers we spoke with Wednesday reported getting into a mix of kings and steelhead depending on where they fished. Anglers in the lower end of the river reported getting into a few steelhead and said that the water clarity had improved and the amount of leaves was not as bad as the previous day. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few steelhead mixed in. Anglers were also able to get into some kings in some of the smaller local tributaries. Anglers who were fly fishing had the most success dead drifting with estaz eggs, sucker spawn, glo-bugs, steelhead stones, flesh flies, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers. Anglers who were bottom bouncing with spinning gear or float fishing had the most success with pink and blue egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads.

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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.


Sandy Pond report:

The pond is quiet this time of year.