Fishing Reports for November 9, 2015

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

Notice: This year Veteran’s Day, November 11, has been declared a free fishing day. Anyone can fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State and no license is required.

Oswego River report:
According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has not varied much over the last few days running between 2,000-3,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 2,410cfs. Trout, including steelhead, rainbows, and browns, are active throughout the river. The low water has slowed the action down but hopefully the cooler temperatures will help. Smack beads and skein are working well.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
The fishing remains good although they are not coming easily. It’s another year of no water. The average flow for this time is 7000cfs – we have a wonderful 2400cfs. My rain dance fails again. Oh well, our clients are still happy in the double digits. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Over the last few days not a lot of fish have been brought to hand or seen on the run; a few here and there but no more than that. We didn’t get as much rain as was originally forecasted last Friday. Temperatures will be more seasonable this week with nighttime lows dipping into the 30s. Hopefully this will spark some activity.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Yesterday we had heavy fishing pressure in the upper end of the river in the morning but it thinned out in the afternoon. The best action continues to be in the upper end between Altmar and Pineville. For those anglers who are fly fishing egg patterns continue to produce steady results as well as streamers in non-leaf colors. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing blue, pink or chartreuse egg sacs have been working.

Oneida Lake report:
For any anglers taking advantage of the almost summerlike weather we have had this week, there has been some perch activity. There has also been a decent night bite for walleye just before and after dark. Casting stickbaits and blade baits is working well. 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.