Fishing Reports for January 5, 2016

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been running between 12,000-15,000cfs over the last several days. This morning it is flowing at 12,400cfs. Anglers are finding some steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs and beads working well. After having very cold temperatures yesterday, the thermometer will moderate to 40 degrees by the end of the week.

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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Several anglers fished the run with mixed results on Sunday. A couple individuals fished without hooking a fish while one of our more experienced anglers fished with his son for the afternoon and reported the fishing was “very good” with a mix of some steelhead and domestics. More than a half dozen fish were brought to hand. Bitter cold temperatures kept even the hardiest of anglers inside yesterday. We should see a few warmer temperatures over the next few days.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Monday was a bitter cold day with the temperature in the single digits and below zero with the windchill factor. Today will be another cold day but a warming trend is expected for the remainder of the week and upcoming weekend. Yesterday the only reports we had were from anglers staying in the motel who fished the Lower Fly Zone. They reported that the best action was in the morning before the water level went down. The water level is running at 750cfs this morning.

Oneida Lake report:
There is not a lot of activity at this time on the lake. The thermometer has definitely dipped over the last couple of days but there is no extended period of real cold temperatures in the forecast for ice formation. A few perch still can be found in the bays and anglers are taking a few walleye just before and after dark. 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 no extended period of cold temperatures ice formation is a ways off yet.