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Fishing Reports for October 3, 2019

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

Lake Ontario/Oswego River report:

Lake Ontario:

As we move into the month of October the number of lake fishing anglers has dwindled. Salmon along with some browns and steelhead are making their way up into the area tributaries. It has been a great season but our reports for the lake are ending until Spring.

Oswego River:

The river flow has remained fairly steady over the last few days but with some rainfall it has increased since yesterday. This morning the flow is at 3,460 cfs. After a very warm and humid day on Tuesday, the weather pattern has definitely changed. The temperatures are expected to be in the 50s for the next seven days with the exception of Sunday which may reach low 60s. Water temperatures in the river will likely drop and hopefully set us up for some good salmon action in the days ahead. Anglers have been finding salmon off the wall using skein under slip floats and deep diving thundersticks.  Egg sacs, beads, soft plastic eggs, marabou jigs, and skein have all been used to catch salmon at the dam lately.

Photos courtesy of Chasin’ Tail Adventures

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:

After a very warm day on Tuesday, yesterday was another quiet day down on the run with sporadic activity. Anglers saw a fair amount of Cohos, kings, and the occasional brown trout, with only a little reported steelhead activity. The water flow out of Pineville is 482 cfs and from the dam 350 cfs. Much cooler temperatures moved into the area yesterday with some rain which is expected to spark some action.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The good news is that yesterday morning scattered rain showers moved through the area along with a cold front which will give us much colder conditions for the remainder of the week. We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom. The lower end of the river has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis but anglers have been getting into kings in the DSR, Black Hole, Staircase/Longbridge, Town Pool, Ballpark, Papermill and RT2A. In the mid to upper end of the river the fish continue to be holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs such as Sportsman Pool, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Ellis Cove and Schoolhouse Pool. Anglers have also reported fish holding in both the Upper & Lower Fly Zone. The most productive patterns have been glo-bugs, sucker spawn, estaz eggs, hot stones, steelhead hammer, egg sucking leeches, comets, bunny leeches and woolly buggers.

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Oneida Lake report:

For bass, keep an eye out for bird activity or for fish breaking on the surface. This species can provide some exciting fishing.  The stretch of warmer weather slowed the shore walleye bite but cooler temperatures have moved in so the action is likely to pick up. Casting stickbaits just before or after dark is working well. Anglers are still finding some in deeper water – around 25 feet.  A variety of baits are working depending on the depth you are fishing, some popular ones have been worm harnesses, blade baits, swim baits and stickbaits.


Sandy Pond report:

Activity is quiet on the pond which is typical for this time of year.