Fishing Reports for December 10, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
The water level jumped last Thursday and has been well over 10,000cfs since. This afternoon it is flowing at just over 13,000cfs. Temperatures are expected to be between 20 and 30 degrees over the next few days as some lake effect snow is forecast tonight and tomorrow. These conditions will make fishing difficult for the shore angler. Steelhead continue to be very active along with a few brown trout. 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 and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Winter is back! With 27 degrees and 30 mph winds, it’s a perfect day for steelhead! We have had some great days fishing. The quality of the fish is awesome this year. Saturday we had high dirty water but managed to capture many. Sunday we hit fish in every spot we tried, lots of steelhead and there are some browns back in the mix. All released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The water flow is currently running at 750cfs. On Monday we had freezing rain in the morning but temperatures warmed up some in the afternoon. Colder weather along with lake effect snow is expected later today and into the next couple of days. Anglers who fished the upper end of the river reported getting into a few fish. In the lower end, anglers that did the best covered lots of water while fishing with egg sacs or beads. Those fly fishing got into fish on black stoneflies and pale colored egg patterns. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, reported success on blue egg sacs and pale colored beads. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1.

Oneida Lake report:
We have had some warmer temperatures this week but temperatures will be dropping today and the wind will be a factor over the weekend. Shore anglers are still finding a night bite for walleye when the weather cooperates. Stickbaits are working well and the choice of color remains the same, blue/silver and black/silver. With these temperatures we will be waiting a while for any ice formation.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time of year as we wait for cold temperatures and ice.