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Fishing Reports for February 16, 2018

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

Oswego River report

The water flow has been running 11,000-13,000cfs for the last couple of days. This afternoon it is flowing at 12,400cfs. The temperature reached 50 degrees yesterday but will be in the 30s over the weekend with a return to warmer temperatures early next week. There has not been much activity to report on the river.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon Riverreport:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Yesterday was a beautiful day and it is no surprise the fishing pressure picked up. In the lower end of the river anglers reported getting into fresh chrome while bottom bouncing with egg sacs or float fishing with pink worms and egg sacs. The majority of mixed reports came from the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. A few groups reported having a good day in the Lower Fly Zone with nymphs producing the best results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The river is running at 500cfs at the dam and 910cfs at Pineville. A client reported negligible staining of the water so perhaps the meltwater is slowly making its way into the river system and it can process it without affecting the fishing conditions. Anglers reported 3 for 5 chrome using eggs under a bobber in the lower section; 1 for 2 chrome on an egg-yolk colored bead under a bobber in the middle section. Blue and orange egg sacs under a bobber, swinging flies, wooly buggers and egg patterns have also worked.

Oneida Lake report:
There continues to be good ice on the pond. The ice thickness ranges from 10-15 inches in many areas. Some areas were a little slushy on top with the warm temperatures but it is colder today. However, we do have some warmer days coming up next week so be cautious as you venture out. Anglers are reporting some perch and walleye but have been working for them at times.

Sandy Pond report:
Anglers have continued to take advantage of good ice conditions with 10-14 inches on the pond. Although we have had a couple of warmer days, Friday through the weekend will be in the lower 30s with nighttime temperatures dropping into the 20s. Anglers have been finding a perch bite with some walleye and Northern pike.