Fishing Reports for December 10, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has dropped substantially running at 6,900cfs this morning. This level makes more areas along the river accessible but as always please use caution. Driftboat anglers as well as though fishing from shore can find some nice steelhead and brown trout. One angler even netted an Atlantic salmon last week. Egg sacs, smack beads and skein are working well.

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 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Yesterday anglers staying in the motel reported having the most action in the mid to upper section of river while bottom bouncing with flies or egg sacs. The few anglers we spoke with who fished the lower end of the river reported having a very slow day. In Altmar for those anglers who are fly fishing, single egg patterns or nymphs under a strike indicator have produced results. Bottom bouncing with egg sacs or float fishing with egg sacs, trout beads or pink worms have also been productive.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday was a very nice day for early December but unfortunately the fishing didn’t match the day. The anglers coming off the run about 2 p.m. reported very slow action. The water went to 750cfs at the dam and is currently 894cfs at Pineville. One guide reported getting into a few smaller rainbows, most reported not getting “a touch”, and one report of an angler getting into a couple fish mid-river was the best for the day. Hopefully, after the fish have adjusted to the new water level things will pick up.

Oneida Lake report:
Temperatures will be unseasonably warm in the 50 to near 60 degrees over the next few days. Conditions remain about the same with anglers still finding some perch in the bays and the night bite for walleye continues just before and after dark. Casting stickbaits and blade baits remain successful applications. A reminder that from November 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is quiet and with the temperatures we are having, ice is a ways off yet.