Fishing Reports for December 2, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
The water level has been running between 12,000 and 16,000cfs the past few days. This morning the flow is just under 13,000cfs. There were some pretty cold days over the holiday but temperatures are moderating into the upper 30s to mid 40s through mid week. Steelhead are the most active with a rainbow or brown trout in the mix from time to time. Smack beads, white estaz flies and egg sacs continue to get the job done. Just remember that steelhead or rainbows must be 21 inches long and there is a one per day limit. 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 under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
It looks like the water is here for a while and it is colored up. Lots of action over the last few days. A group from El Salvador braved a very cold day on the river. They lasted the whole trip and it was worth it with another easy double-digit day. We have a few warmer days coming up for the first part of this week.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Unseasonably cold temperatures over the holiday made angling difficult. Every year both fish and anglers have to adjust. On Sunday, temperatures were more reasonable and fishing improved some as a result. 8mm beads have been out producing most other methods. Glo-bugs in Oregon cheese or peach #10-12 along with stoneflies #8-10 and egg sacs have all taken some fish. Water levels will be running at 750cfs this afternoon and down to 475cfs this evening. The weather also looks to improve this week as it appears we are beginning somewhat of a warming trend.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The extended forecast calls for the mild conditions to continue right through the week. The anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers who were fly fishing got into fish on nymphs and egg patterns. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing reported getting into fish on egg sacs and beads. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1.

Oneida Lake report:
With the wind and weather we have been having it has been difficult to fish so there is not much new information to report. When the weather permits anglers should still find a decent night bite for walleye just before and after dark. Casting stickbaits should work well with blue/silver and black/silver good color choices.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time of year as we wait for cold temperatures and ice.