Fishing Reports for December 9, 2016

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

Oswego River report
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Fishing remains consistent with a mix of browns, rainbows and steelhead. The cold weather is here so everyone bring your warm gear. Water level still high around 11,500cfs. All released to fight another day.

According to Jake Metcalf of
Oswego River has been running high over the past week with the water temperature 40 degrees and turbidity 7. Turbidity plays a big role in how good the bite is. Now that the water has cleared up a bit the fishing should improve. I’d suggest fishing the east side behind the hotels with this high water. Otherwise, trout can be caught along the bank on the west side. Fishing off the wall could be difficult with this water flow but it’s fishable for bottom bouncers. Jigs, beads, and sacs will all produce fish. White jigs are my favorite choice this time of year.

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 website at and look for fishing reports 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 & Motel:
As of early this morning the big snow had missed us and we ended up with just a couple of inches. On Thursday anglers reported landing some steelhead in the Lower Fly Zone. Other anglers reported landing some steelhead on some of the smaller local tributaries. I fished the DSR mid day yesterday and had a good day as I managed to land several fresh steelhead while covering lots of water. The fish were holding along the softer edges and inside seams.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
A half dozen anglers made it out ahead of the storm yesterday to fish the run in the morning. They reported some success in the half day of fishing. One angler landed 2, another had 1 and one lucky angler had 4 fish brought to hand. The snow started falling late afternoon but the snow total was less than expected with about 2 inches as of 6 am this morning. The river level is expected to drop to 750cfs tomorrow evening and down to 500cfs on Saturday.

Oneida Lake report:
There has not been much action from the walleye night bite to report. Stickbaits cast from shore just before and after dark is the suggested application.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time as we await colder temperatures and ice formation.