Fishing Reports for November 25, 2015

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

Our staff would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been running between 7,000 and 9,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 7,880cfs. Temperatures Thanksgiving Day and Friday will reach into the 50s with more seasonable temperatures returning for the weekend. Anglers have reported some nice steelhead, rainbows and brown trout brought to the net along with several missed opportunities. Smack beads are working well along with egg sacs and skein.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Well the water levels have been changing about every hour lately. The increase turns the bite on and then the drop always turns it off. We’ve been moving around getting a few bites here and there. I’ve given up on hoping for rain – only the water from draining the lakes to look forward to. 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 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Tuesday was another cold day, but we had good steelhead weather in the morning with cloudy conditions, no wind and lake effect snow flurries. Anglers who had the most success did so both in the upper & lower end of the river in the morning. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing, blue, pink and chartreuse egg sacs, trout beads or pink worms have all produced results. For those anglers who are fly fishing single egg patterns and nymphs have been producing results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Steelhead fishing continued with some positive action on Monday. Most guests reported hooking a handful and bringing at least a couple of those fish to hand. The middle section of the run was most productive. Yesterday the activity was a little slower with most anglers reporting a successful outing.

According to Fat Nancy’s Tackle Shop:
The Salmon River is running at 335cfs until midnight tonight 11/25. The best fishing has been from the Sportsman’s Pool downstream to the 2A bridge. The best baits have been 8mm glo roe beads, pink worms and blue or white egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
Above average temperatures are expected for a couple of days with cooler weather returning for the weekend. Anglers are finding some perch in the bays and the night bite for walleye continues just before and after dark.
Casting stickbaits and blade baits remain successful baits. 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.