Fishing Reports for December 13, 2016

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

Oswego River report
The water flow has been fairly consistent between 11,500cfs and 13,000cfs over the last several days. This morning it running at 12,000cfs. With this water flow, fishing behind the hotels with jigs, beads, and sacs is suggested.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Very good fishing the last couple of days. Some of the best quality fish I have seen in years with some beautiful colors. Always 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The mild conditions are expected to continue for another day and then some cold arctic air arrives for Thursday and Friday. Anglers staying in the motel reported landing some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone on nymphs. Other anglers we spoke with also reported landing some steelhead in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday was a productive day on the run with nearly two dozen anglers out and nearly every person I spoke with was able to get into some fish. A few anglers were lucky enough to hit double digits with hook-ups. We had about eight inches of snow on the ground in the morning but it settled a bit during the day with temperatures about 36 degrees. Today will be in the mid 30s with temperatures taking a dive toward the end of the week.

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The lower river from the Compactor Pool downstream has been fishing well with the best bait being blue goo egg sacs, pink worms and 10mm glo roe beads.

Oneida Lake report:
There has not been much action from the walleye night bite to report. Stickbaits cast from shore just before and after dark is the suggested application.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time. However, very cold temperatures are moving into the area over the next few days so we will keep an ice on ice formation.