Fishing Reports for October 15, 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:
The river level has been up and down over the last few days. On Saturday it was as low as 450cfs, up to 2,300cfs on Sunday and dropping back to 1,420cfs this morning. Although we had some good action over the weekend, yesterday was fair at best. We do have cooler temperatures and some rain in the forecast for the next few days which should change things for the better. Skein under a slip float on the wall and in the river wading is a suggested application. Casting thunder sticks and hot-n-tots off the wall is also working. The morning bite seems to be the best.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had mixed conditions over the weekend. The water temperature was cooling off and they started to snap better. However, the water level at times was only 450cfs. Yesterday, the first couple of hours were very good but with the sun up, 75 degrees and clear water – no bites. It’s tough going on bright sunny days.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Saturday was a super tough bite with the lowest water I’ve ever fished on the Oswego River. Sunday and Monday the water came up and cooled off. The salmon loved it! The most effective presentation has been Pautzke cured skein under floats and deep-diving crankbaits.

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:
While we did have some reports of some salmon moving into the run over the weekend, the news of the day was the large number of big steelhead being caught throughout the run. Most anglers leaving in the evening were smiling, excited, and reported considerable success; quite a few fishermen reported double digit success on steelhead! It seems that what we have been lacking in salmon fishing success is being made up by the steelhead but there were enough salmon around to keep things interesting.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Yesterday, we had mild weather conditions but also very high winds so leaves were a factor. We got mixed reports from anglers with the most action coming from the upper end between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers who fished the Upper & Lower Fly Zones reported doing well with a mix of kings, cohos and steelhead. Single egg patterns, stoneflies and woolly buggers have produced steady results in the fly zones.

Oneida Lake report:
When the wind hasn’t been an issue, anglers have been finding a perch bite in about 8-15 feet of water along with some bass activity in both shallow and deeper water. Look for walleye in about 30 feet of water and with this more seasonable cooler weather, we should see the night bite activity pick up. Fishing from shore just before or after dark can be productive.

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