Fishing Reports for December 28, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
After a good deal of rain last week, the water level is running at 10,900cfs. Anglers are finding some steelhead and brown trout along with a few walleye in the river. Egg sacs, beads and skein continue to work well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
I never should have mentioned the great weather. Yesterday it was windy, 38 degrees along with rain. Our clients did tough it out with their frozen hands. Lots of fish hooked up but the landing ratio was down. All 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 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:
On Saturday we had calm and cloudy conditions with the temperature reaching into the 40’s. Most of the anglers we saw were in the morning before they headed out to the upper end of the river in Altmar or some of the smaller local tributaries. The water level was high but anglers are still fishing. The majority of anglers are bottom bouncing with flies and egg sacs or float fishing with egg sacs and beads. Bank anglers on the Salmon River are fishing the softer water along the edges of the larger pools and inside seams of the larger runs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday it drizzled most of the morning and sprinkled into the afternoon. The water flow was 1800cfs out of the dam. One angler reported a steelhead, domestic and a stocked brown during the afternoon.

Oneida Lake report:
There is not a lot of activity at this time on the lake. Although we have had some cooler temperatures, ice is still a long ways off. 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.