Fishing Reports for December 15, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
Last night’s rain so far has not affected the water flow a great deal. This afternoon it is running at 7,890cfs.
Anglers are finding a little more activity with steelhead, brown trout and an occasional walleye. More seasonable weather is moving in for the weekend with temperatures down into the 30s. Egg sacs, smack beads and skein are working well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We have had great weather and some great fishing continues. The quality has really improved. I can’t believe I’m not being brutalized by the weather to catch steelhead in December. I’m sure there are some of those days ahead.

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:
Last night steady rain showers moved through and today high winds are in the area with the temperature dropping throughout the day. Yesterday the anglers we spoke with who fished the lower end of the river reported having a slow day. The anglers who did have some success covered lots of water in the mid to upper section of the river while bottom bouncing with flies or float fishing with pink egg sacs. The Lower Fly Zone continues to provide action on a daily basis with single egg patterns or nymphs producing the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The anglers that fished the DSR today reported a few steelhead were brought to hand. They fished throughout the run. The weather was a factor with winds blowing up to 30 mph. The water level at the dam is 750cfs and the level at Pineville is 919 cfs. Cooler temperatures will be here for the weekend.

Oneida Lake report:
The upcoming weekend will be a change from last weekend with temperatures dropping through the 40s into the 30s over the next few days. There is not a lot of activity at this time on the lake. A few perch still can be found in the bays and anglers are taking a few walleye 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.