Fishing Reports for December 4, 2014

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level is running at 9,510cfs this morning. There are plenty of trout in the river with smack beads, egg sacs, flies and pink worms working well. The action seems to be good in the morning, tapering off through early to mid-afternoon, picking up again late in the afternoon.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Early in the week was tough on the river. Plenty of hookups but we couldn’t get them to the boat. There is a monster steelhead in the river. We had him locked up but the big one got away. Definitely the biggest I have seen by far all season. Tuesday and Wednesday the water level reached 10,000cfs. I’ve been waiting for this water. Yesterday was a productive day – not fast and furious but enough action to keep your blood pumping. Jigs and beads have been working 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 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:
High water is making for extremely tough fishing conditions on the run today as it has been for the past week. We did have a few anglers today and a couple fish were caught but overall anglers had a tough time. Those who caught fish were using egg sacs. The water level will remain at 1200 cfs until midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Just a reminder that the Upper Fly Zone is now closed and will reopen on April 1st.

Oneida Lake report:
Anglers continue to have success with the shore night bite for walleye. Casting stickbaits and crankbaits is working well. With some daytime temperatures above normal, we occasionally see a boat on the lake with anglers perch fishing but overall the open water fishing is quiet. With no extended period of cold temperatures in the near future, ice formation on the lake is still a ways off.

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.