Fishing Reports for December 3, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
After the heavy rain yesterday the water level has risen to 12,900cfs this afternoon. This makes most areas along the river difficult to fish. However there is not much precipitation in the forecast for the next several days so hopefully this will be a temporary spike in the level. Earlier in the week driftboat and shore anglers have reported some activity with a few nice brown trout and steelhead coming to the net. Smack beads are working well along with egg sacs and skein.

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 Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The water flow is 335cfs. The best fishing has been from the School House Pool to the Trestle Pool. The best baits have been blue egg sacs, white egg sacs, 8mm steelhead snot beads and stone flies. The water temperature is 41 degrees.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
With the recent rain we are getting some runoff in the lower end of the river. The extended forecast calls for some really nice weather for the upcoming weekend. Overall not a lot of anglers were on the water yesterday but Altmar continues to get the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Anglers staying in the motel and stopping into the shop reported getting into a few fresh fish in the lower end of the river while float fishing or bottom bouncing with egg sacs. Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1st. The Lower Fly Zone is currently open.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We have had a good amount of rain over the last day or so and the water flow is running at 335cfs at the dam and 518cfs at Pineville. Anglers have reported slow fishing conditions. That being said, most anglers reported getting into a fish or two. We will have to see over the next day or so if the rain has brought in more steelhead.

Oneida Lake report:
Normal average temperatures returned this week with highs in the 40s. Conditions on the lake haven’t changed much. Anglers are finding some perch in the bays and the night bite for walleye continues just before and after dark. Casting stickbaits and blade baits remain successful baits. 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 Floatation Device while underway.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is quiet and with the temperatures we are having, ice is a ways off yet.