Fishing Reports for December 1, 2016

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

Oswego River report

With the rain we have had over the last couple of days the water flow has risen to 15,500cfs as of this afternoon. This level makes many areas along the river unfishable.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We have big water but we’re still getting them. 15,000cfs with lots of color in Oswego lately. We are putting our time in for sure but it’s paying off. All released to fight another day!

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 website at and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page. 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.

Salmon River report:
According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The Salmon River is flowing at 750cfs. The fishing has been fair from the Schoolhouse Pool down to the Trestle Pool. The best baits have been blue egg sacs, pink worms and 10mm orange uv beads.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The mild conditions we have had are beginning to change with temperatures dropping back into the upper 30s for the weekend. With the combination of heavy rain we have had and melting snow there is plenty of runoff in the lower end of the river. Anglers who fished the upper end of the river on Tuesday reported landing some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone. Yesterday we did speak with a few anglers who reported having a slow day. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed until April 1 but the Lower Fly Zone is currently open.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Overall the increase in water flow seems to still have the fish adjusting. Most of the anglers we spoke with yesterday struggled for a hook up or two. That said, a couple of lucky anglers that we spoke with later in the day wound up having a solid outing. Both of those guests, who fished separately, reported the upper end of the run was most productive with egg sacs the bait of choice.

Oneida Lake report:
Some anglers have taken advantage of the warmer temperatures over the last few days to get in some perch fishing. Fathead minnows have been working well. Temperatures are going to cool down again over the next few days so we hopefully will see a more active night bite for walleye. Stickbaits cast from shore just before and after dark is the suggested application.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond this time of year.