Fishing Reports for October 14, 2015

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level rose to about 7,400cfs on Saturday and remained between 5,000-7,000cfs for the weekend. Last night it dropped below 3,000cfs but rose this morning to 4,920cfs. A bout of heavy rain came through the area yesterday afternoon so keep an eye on the water level. Look for salmon, brown trout and a few steelhead using skein, egg sacs and stickbaits.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Yesterday we had a good day on the river. It’s starting to feel like salmon season.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
We landed the biggest king of the season so far yesterday morning. We had a great bite in the rain. There are decent numbers of fish in the river. Best baits have been deep diving crankbaits and skein under floats off the wall.

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:
While fishing was a bit slower Monday than in recent days, most anglers reported having a decent day with kings, a few more steelhead and the occasional brown. Reports from anglers leaving the run in the afternoon indicated a good number fish moving through. Yesterday we had mixed reports from our anglers. Early morning in the mid to upper sections of the run still produced well. Most anglers got into a fish or two with larger numbers of steelhead being landed and released. We had sun, rain (heavy at times) and high winds throughout the day.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Monday was a beautiful sunny day. It all depended on where you fished but overall the deep fast water produced the best action with the sunny conditions. The Staircase/Longbridge, Ballpark and Papermill also produced some early morning hook ups and the crowd thinned out by early afternoon. The upper end of the river probably got the most fishing pressure today in areas such as the Sportsman, Trestle Pool, Bovines, Ellis Cove and Altmar.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions have not changed much on Oneida Lake. There is not much deep water fishing to report as the season winds down. Anglers have found a little walleye activity from shore in the evening with the cooler temperatures.

Sandy Pond report:
There is nothing new to report from the pond. There is very little activity this time of year.