Fishing Reports for November 12, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has been up and down some in the last few days but is back to about 7800cfs this morning. The action continues to be very good in the river with steelhead along with a few rainbows and browns mixed in. Smack beads have been working very well along with pink, chartreuse and white egg sacs. Just remember that steelhead or rainbows must be 21 inches long and there is a one per day limit. 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.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chaisin’ Tail Adventures:
There was a lot of activity over the weekend with plenty of steelhead. The wind was a factor at times making it more difficult to land them but plenty of action to keep our anglers busy.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Doubles, more doubles and constant hook ups lately. What a year for steelhead! Yesterday was another crushfest with constant action all day. Definitely some quality fish; all released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We received good reports from all of our guests yesterday. The drop in water level has certainly improved conditions and given anglers a legitimate shot at landing some of the trophy steelhead that have been around. Anglers reported catching some browns and steelies on the swing using intruder type patterns. Nymphing with strike indicators and float fishing also remain successful techniques.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The recent high water brought fresh fish into the river and spread them out from top to bottom. The water flow has dropped to 500cfs, however, making for better fishing conditions. On Monday, the majority of anglers we spoke with reported having a good day. Anglers did well at the Staircase/Longbridge, 81 Hole, Papermill, Pineville, Trestle Pool, Wire Hole and the Upper and Lower Fly Zone. With the drop in water level the fish in the upper end of the river have been holding in and around the deep holes. In the lower end, fresh fish continue to enter the river on a daily basis and anglers have been doing well in the transition water. Those bottom bouncing or float fishing have done well with egg sacs and beads. The anglers who are fly fishing have done well with egg patterns, flesh fly and egg sucking leeches.

Oneida Lake report:
The night bite for walleye continues to improve with the colder temperatures we are experiencing. Blue/silver and black/silver are good color choices for casting stickbaits. Perch are still active in 10-20 feet of water taking minnows and worms when weather conditions are good for lake fishing.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Things are quiet on the pond this time of year until the cold weather sets in and we get some ice.