Fishing Reports for November 13, 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 remained very close to 5,000cfs for about three days. This morning it is running at 4,290cfs. Trout have moved throughout the river with steelhead most active along with a few rainbows and browns. Baits of choice include smack beads, egg sacs, skein and estaz flies. After a few very windy days, the wind has died down and the temperatures are dropping into the 40s.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
You definitely could tell this was a holiday weekend with lots of boats and shore fishermen around. Saturday we had a slow start to the day but a crush fest for the last couple of hours. Sunday we had a very good morning bite with lots of attachments but difficult getting them to the net. There are lots of steelhead around this morning. Many double-digit days and all released to fight another day.

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:
“Occasional hook-ups” seem to be the consistent story up and down the run. Most anglers are concentrating on the middle to lower sections but have worked pretty hard for their fish. Stonefly nymphs have come into the mix of successful patterns while egg patterns in a variety of colors and egg sacs continue to produce. More typical weather for this time of year will be with us over the next few days with some snow possible. What we can say is that we are now into the steelhead season.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
We currently have steelhead spread out in the river from top to bottom. The heads and tailouts of the larger pools are producing some results but the majority of action has been in the transition water. The area between Altmar and Pineville is holding good numbers of steelhead but is also getting the most fishing pressure.
Anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Upper and Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Bovines, Upper Trestle, Pineville and Staircase.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions are about the same on the lake. The shore night bite for walleye has been steady. Casting stickbaits and crankbaits is the suggested application. Open water fishing has been difficult as the wind has been an issue again over the last few days. The temperature is also dropping into the forties so the lake fishing has dropped off as we await the ice fishing season.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The activity on the pond is quiet this time of year.