Fishing Reports for October 11, 2012

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:

Mother Nature has really helped this week with some recent rainfall. The water level was up over 4,000cfs yesterday, settling back a little to just over 3500cfs this morning. This will move those fish around throughout the river.  Look for plenty of salmon and brown trout with some steelhead and rainbows in the mix. Just a reminder that steelhead and rainbow have to be 21 inches to keep and you are only allowed 1 per day of the 3 a day limit. Driftboat anglers are reporting a steady bite. Suggested baits are egg sacs, crazy eggs, beads, estaz flies and Hot-n-Tots. Night anglers are also finding a good bite behind the YMCA using dark cleos.  Just a note that there is no access to Leto’s Island from the eastside.


*The City of Oswego and Brookfield have implemented new personal flotation device zones at the Varick Hydropower Dam on the Oswego River. Go to this link for more information:

* Leto Island remains closed.  For information on campgrounds and accommodations in the Oswego area, go to

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Pulaski Area/ Salmon River report:

Notice: The Lower Fly Section will remain CLOSED until October 31.

 According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

It sounds like a broken record but the fishing in the Salmon River continues to be off the charts. The river is full from top to bottom with more fish still coming in from the lake. Increasing numbers of steelhead are filling the estuary. With the recent rain, the tributaries such as the North and South Sandies are fishing well with some steelhead also beginning to make their way into the smaller tributaries. The bait remains the same with egg sacs and flies using light line and small hooks working well.

According to Garrett Brancy of Douglaston Salmon Run:

Steelhead fishing was spectacular on the run Wednesday. I talked with many anglers that had double digit hook-ups with our chrome friends. Estaz eggs in natural egg colors along with similarly colored glo-bugs were the ticket. Many anglers also noted a fair number of kings passing them at certain points of the day. Salmon fishing continues at a steady pick throughout the run while more trout enter the river each day. Trout are being taken on a variety of egg patterns, streamers, and beads.

 According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We did get some runoff with the recent rain and anglers reported that the water level rose a few inches in the lower end of the river. The fishing continues to be excellent and we have fish in the river from top to bottom. The amount of fish is very impressive and everyday we keep telling anglers to enjoy it while it lasts.

Oneida Lake report:

The wind has been a factor again the last couple of days with very limited fishing reported. Anglers are finding some perch in 10-14 feet of water with minnows and worms working well. There is no word as yet on the nighttime shore walleye bite.

 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Things are quiet on the pond at this time.