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Fishing Reports for October 28, 2019

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

 Oswego River report:

With more rain Saturday night and Sunday, the river flow is up to 11,500cfs this morning. Today and tomorrow will be nice days with rain showers in the forecast for the rest of the week and temperatures dropping into the 40s next weekend. This level still makes many areas along the river difficult to fish. Anglers are finding some nice steelhead, brown trout and a few salmon.

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:

Reports from our anglers and River Patrol over the weekend indicated that the lower section of the run has had the most action with consistent hookups all day. The rain Saturday night brought down plenty of leaves making fishing a challenge, but the water remained clear.  The upper and middle sections saw a bit of a quiet day with few hookups here and there. All throughout the run there are fresh steelhead and browns, with reports of some rainbow trout seen in the mix as well. All anglers we have spoken to have had nothing but good things to say and have seemed very happy and interested.  The flow from the dam is currently 500 cfs and 652 cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

The fishing pressure increased this weekend which is normal for this time of year especially on the weekend and the drop in water. At this point the majority of anglers we are speaking with are looking for steelhead. We have steelhead spread out in the river and the mid to lower section of river has been producing some of the best action on a daily basis. For those anglers still looking for salmon the gravel areas in the upper section of river is your best bet.  Some of the smaller local tributaries are also providing some action with a mix of kings and a few steelhead. For those anglers who are fly fishing the most productive patterns have been sucker spawn, estaz eggs, glo-bugs, flesh fly, egg sucking leeches and woolly buggers. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, pink and blue egg sacs, trout beads and pink worms have all produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

The walleye night bite has definitely picked up with the cooler temperatures.  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.