Fishing Reports for November 13, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has been averaging around 2,500 to 3,000cfs for several days. With the rain yesterday, it has jumped to just over 6,000cfs. High winds yesterday and today are making conditions difficult but they should settle down by tomorrow. Trout, including steelhead, rainbows, and browns, are active throughout the river. After having lower water for a while, hopefully this will move some fish around. Smack beads and skein are working well.

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:
The improvement in steelhead fishing continues with some clients reporting several hook ups and others reporting at least one or two. The middle section of the river continues to produce better than the lower with the upper section the second best producer. Blue egg sacs appear to the bait of choice with a frosted tangerine 10mm bead attractor pegged 12 to 18 inches above the hook, all under a float.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The majority of anglers we have staying in the motel have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville and getting into fish. Anglers having the most success are getting on the water early, changing flies often so the fish continue to get a different look and adjusting your tippet based on fishing pressure. The lower end of the river is getting the least amount of fishing pressure. For those anglers who are fly fishing, single egg patterns under a strike indicator or streamers on the swing have both produced results. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, egg sacs, steelhead beads or pink worms have all produced results.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions are about the same on the lake. The wind has been an issue for the a couple of days with cooler temperatures coming for the weekend. The extended forecast again has temperatures into the 60s for the upcoming mid-week. Anglers are still finding some perch and the walleye night bite has continued.
Casting stickbaits and blade baits is working well. 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 Floatation Device while underway.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is quiet this time of year.