This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
Now that the water has cooled off, start concentrating on the slowest deepest runs to constantly find fish throughout the winter. Spawn, jigs and beads are your best choices for bait.
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We saw very good action on the river on Saturday. We had one client with a very large, wide rainbow. Nice fish! If another client could have landed a few more fish we would have had large numbers. Sunday they were a little sluggish and we worked for those we caught.
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 www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. The Oswego Fire Department offers a Loaner for Life program, offering loaner life jackets at no cost at the east side fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego. For more information call 315-343-2161.
Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Temperature above freezing, snow pack not yet melting too much and flooding the river (500 cfs at dam and 685 at Pineville), dead calm, light overcast – everything looked like it would come together for a potentially great day for fishing yesterday by our clients! These conditions all paid off, as most of our clients and guides reported +10 fish hookups and higher than average percentages for fish landed – the Steelhead were in the 6 – 10# range, and were a mix of fresh fish and those that have been in the river for a while. Most of the reports stated that the takes were not subtle – very aggressive – fish were typically holding in protected pockets and at the edges of current. A variety of baits and lures worked – clear beads with blue spaghetti throughout, or in a frosted / pearl light tangerine color, stone flies, and worms. Conditions are forecasted to be the same for the next few days, so perhaps the great fishing will continue – see you on the water!
Oneida Lake report:
With some winter weather passing through the area this week, activity on the lake has been quiet. Although we have had snow, we have had no extended period of cold temperatures. Nighttime temperatures in the upcoming forecast will be in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees but daytime temperatures will be pushing 40 degrees. Solid ice is not in the foreseeable future as yet.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is no activity to report on the pond. With no period of cold temperatures in the forecast, it will be a while before there is ice fishing on the pond.