Fishing Reports for November 20, 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:
We had the highest water of the season over the last day or so running at just over 7,000cfs. This morning it has settled back to 5,590cfs. Trout are active throughout the river with a good number of steelhead, some rainbows and a few brown trout in the mix. Using smack beads, egg sacs, and flies from the wall and in the water bottom bouncing and float fishing is suggested.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We have had some brutal conditions with the wind and cold, although we have not received much snow. Our clients had no problem with it though and managed to make it an easy double-digit day. Conditions look better for the weekend with temperatures reaching back into the 40s.

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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Wednesday was another cold day with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, but once again the big snow missed Pulaski and stayed north of us. Anglers worked hard for what they got and said the key was covering lots of water while looking for fish willing to bite. We currently have steelhead spread out in the river from top to bottom. Some days have been better than others, but single egg patterns, nymphs, trout beads and egg sacs have all produced results.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Typical of “season transitional” steelheading, the bite has been on and off. Some off the center pin fishermen have done well using blue egg sacs and beads while fly fishermen were successful using pink and yellow sucker spawn. The water level will remain at 350 cfs through Friday night. As we approach winter fishing conditions please be aware that you must have cleated wading boots or korkers to stay safe on the river.

Oneida Lake report:
The shore night bite for walleye has been steady. Casting stickbaits and crankbaits is the suggested application.
With the weather we have had this week, lake fishing has not been feasible. Activity on the lake will likely be quiet for the next few weeks until a good stretch of cold weather settles in and the ice fishing season begins.

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