Fishing Reports for November 19, 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 under 4,000cfs for the last couple of days. This morning it is flowing at 2,790cfs. Conditions have remained about the same. Steelhead, rainbows and browns are keeping the activity level high along the river. Places such as the wall, the outer platform near the dam and the Lock 7 side of the river (you must cross from the west side to this area when the water level permits) are seeing a good deal of action. Smack beads have been working very well along with pink, chartreuse and white egg sacs. Also working are white estaz flies and occasionally a pink worm has been getting their attention. 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. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Lower water seems to be the case until we get some significant rainfall. Our clients worked hard for them on Monday until the 14 fish flurry that ended the day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Fishing on the run was excellent on Friday. Anglers did well on Saturday but the Sunday action was on again off again. The upper end of the river saw the most action early in the weekend with the middle and bottom sections most active through Sunday. Blood dot eggs in peach, cream, or white/pink have been successful along with glo-bugs in the same colors. 8mm UV orange or UV ontari-roe beads have also done very well over the past two days. Egg sacs have been a little less productive but blue remains a solid choice.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water flow is running at 1200cfs through this evening. Yesterday was another day of mixed reports from anglers with some groups getting into fish while others did not. Anglers stopping into the shop got into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, Wire Hole and Staircase/Longbranch. Both the upper and lower ends of the river reported heavy fishing pressure. The anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have done well with egg sacs and beads. Those who are fly fishing are using egg patterns, stoneflies and small woolly buggers.

Oneida Lake report:
Anglers are still finding a decent night bite for walleye just before and after dark. Casting stickbaits is working well with blue/silver and black/silver good color choices. With the up and down weather, open water fishing for perch has been difficult at times but minnows and worms are still producing in 10-20 feet of water.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is not much activity on the pond at this time of year as we wait for cold temperatures and ice.