Fishing Reports for December 1, 2014

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
The water level has been running over 7,000cfs for a few days. This morning it is flowing at 8,120cfs.Anglers are finding a good number of steelhead with some nice brown trout in the mix. Smack beads, egg sacs, and flies are working well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had a mixture of weather over the last few days. Wind and snow one day and up to 50 degrees within 48 hours. Despite the weather on Friday, we had constant action the entire trip. The next day our group from El Salvador was all business including reeling in the biggest brown trout of the season. Yesterday was a perfect day on the river with warmer temperatures and many hookups in every spot. All double-digit days for Catch the Drift.

The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. The Oswego Fire Department offers a Loaner for Life program, offering loaner life jackets at no cost at the east side fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego. For more information call 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Anglers reported have a decent day on the run yesterday. The bite turned on and off over the course of the day as it often does and anglers had to work for the fish they caught. There are fresh steelhead in the river from the high water from the past week. Bottom bouncing pink egg patterns seemed to be the way to go. The couple of guys that were swinging flies had a tough go of it while the center pin fishermen did well with washed out beads. The water level will remain at 750 cfs until midnight Monday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1st. Yesterday anglers we have staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone and Longbridge/Staircase. We currently have steelhead spread out in the river from top to bottom and the increased water level should help continue to bring fresh fish into the river. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is holding good numbers of steelhead but is also getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Single egg patterns, trout beads and egg sacs have all produced results.

Oneida Lake report:
The shore night bite for walleye remains good. Casting stickbaits and crankbaits is the suggested application.
We have been in an up and down weather pattern with cold and snow and then temperatures near 70 degrees. The wind has continued to be a player on many days. Temperatures again on the weekend will reach near 50 degrees so it will be a while before any ice forms.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The activity on the pond is quiet this time of year as we await the ice fishing action on the pond.