Fishing Reports for December 15, 2016

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

Oswego River report
The water flow has been up and down a bit running between 9,000cfs and 13,000cfs over the last several days. This morning it is flowing at 9,390cfs. Conditions will be tough today with high winds, cold temperatures, bitter wind chills and lake effect snow. Temperatures will rebound back into the 30s for the weekend.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had very good fishing early in the week. 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:
Anglers staying in the motel who fished the Lower Fly Zone yesterday said they worked hard for the few steelhead they got and that the best action was in the morning on nymphs. Other anglers in the motel who fished the lower end of the river reported landing a couple steelhead in the Longbridge/Staircase.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
While not quite as active as the past two days, yesterday our guests reported another solid day of angling down on the run. We are hearing that a good amount of domestic rainbows are mixed in with the steelies. Egg sacs and beads remain most productive and it seems that pink has been the color or accent color of choice. Interestingly, our guests fly fishing have had more success on nymphs or streamers than egg imitations. Copper buggers picked up a few fish along with natural stone fly #8-10 and green BH caddis patterns #10-12.

Oneida Lake report:
Very cold temperatures are expected in the area today and tomorrow with daytime highs in the teens and nighttime lows in the single digits. Although this is good for some beginning ice formation, the wind is an issue today and we will have to see if temperatures will remain cold enough for safe ice. Anglers have been finding a few walleye casting stickbaits just before and after dark.

Sandy Pond report:
We are experiencing very cold temperatures along with high winds and some lake effect snow today. Temperatures are expected to be very cold tonight and tomorrow also. We will have to see over the next few days how these conditions affect ice formation.