Fishing Reports for November 17, 2016

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

Oswego River report
The water flow has been up and down over the last couple of days running between 4,000cfs to as low as 800cfs for a very brief time on Tuesday. This morning it is flowing at 2,510cfs.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

The lower water is definitely bringing all the boats and shore anglers out. Still producing some great fish but working for them.

According to Jake Metcalf of
Trout have just recently started showing up in decent numbers over the last two weeks. A number of them were caught off the high wall and low wall this past weekend with the water level around 4,000cfs. Beads and sacs are an obvious choice this time of year. I’d suggest greens and yellows. Marabou jigs and trout worms will produce fish as well. Don’t be afraid to fish down behind the YMCA or Old City Hall with the current water flow.

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 website at and look for fishing reports 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 Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:
Our clients put a lot of time in on the river yesterday but were eventually rewarded with a couple of decent fish along with some small ones.

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The river is running at 500cfs and a decent number of steelhead have been caught from Sportsman Pool upstream. The best bait has been 10mm glo roe beads and blue egg sacs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The mild weather conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the week with not much change in fishing conditions over the last couple of days. Anglers are still working hard while covering lots of water but the weather has been great. The extended forecast is calling for a definite change on Sunday into next week. Anglers we have staying in the motel and stopping into the shop reported landing a few steelhead in the lower end of the river while bottom bouncing or float fishing with egg sacs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
It has been about the same story over the last few days. Most anglers have reported hooking 1-3 steelhead. No particular part of the run had been more active although yesterday reports indicated the middle section was most productive.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions are about the same on Oneida Lake. Anglers are finding perch in 10-14 feet of water with minnows and worms. The walleye bite has been decent although the temperatures have been above normal for this time of year. That is about to change on Sunday with much colder temperatures moving into the area. Hopefully this will spark more action. Casting stickbaits just before and after dark is the suggested application.

Sandy Pond report:
There is not much activity on the pond this time of year.