Fishing Reports for December 23, 2015

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

Oswego River report:

Even though we are in the last few days of December, rain is in the forecast during the week. The water flow increased yesterday due to the precipitation and is currently running at 9,820cfs. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river. Egg sacs, beads and skein continue to work well.

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 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:
Very mild weather conditions along with scattered rain showers are expected for the remainder of the week. With the combination of mild temperatures and rain the snow we got over the weekend is melting quickly. Yesterday we spoke with very few anglers, but one group staying in the motel reported having some action in Altmar while bottom bouncing with flies and egg sacs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday the few anglers that braved the light rain, slush, and high water reported a few hookups, but no fish brought to hand. The water level at the dam is 1800 CFS through midnight tonight.

Oneida Lake report:
There is not a lot of activity at this time on the lake. With the warm temperatures, there is no ice formation in sight. 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.