Fishing Reports for November 6, 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:
After having higher water through the weekend, the level has dropped to 1,600cfs as of this morning. There are still salmon at the dam and trout are moving in with steelhead, rainbows and browns throughout the river. It’s time to float Pautzke cured skein and beads with this low water.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Tuesday was a nice relaxing day on the river. We were back to low water but the fish still wanted to nibble. The king bite was just crazy. An easy double-digit day plus many more; 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 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 Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The last couple of days we have had mixed reports. Most anglers on the run had to work for their hook ups as the bite depended on being in “the right place at the right time”! Larger fly patterns seemed to be a better option for getting that reaction strike rather than finessing small fly patterns. Egg sacs were not so productive but the few center pin fishermen did well. Most anglers I spoke with indicated there were plenty of fish. It’s just that they had a tough time getting them to commit.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
We currently have steelhead spread out in the river from top to bottom. The heads and tailouts of the larger pools are producing some results, but the majority of action has been in the transition water. Covering lots of water continues to be the best method for producing steady results. Egg patterns, woolly buggers, egg sacs and beads are working well.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions are about the same on the lake. The shore night bite for walleye is picking up. Casting stickbaits and crankbaits is the suggested application. Open water fishing has been difficult as the wind has been an issue again over the last few days. When you can get out, perch have been somewhat active in about 15 feet of water taking minnows.

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