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Fishing Reports for October 15, 2018

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

Oswego River report:
The fishing was good over the weekend particularly early in the day. The bite was off and on after that but picked up again later in the day. The water level has made it difficult in some areas running at about 8,000cfs for much of the weekend. Skein, beads under a float and thundersticks have been successful bait.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on 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:
The late morning River Patrol report indicates that the estuary section, although very quiet earlier is seeing some signs that fish are moving into the channels and up into the run. Just upriver the action has “changed for the better” in that primarily steelhead are making a moderate but steady push into the run resulting in some good action for our clients throughout the lower section. The middle and upper sections are still being dominated by steelhead, some described at really beautiful and big along with the occasional king. Two clients made mention of a few bright-silver kings, which may be good news for the immediate future if it means very fresh fish are starting to come into the run

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:
Over the weekend we had cooler weather conditions with the temperature struggling to reach into the 50’s. The salmon are spawning in the gravel areas of the river and each day more steelhead are showing up. The upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville has been getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. If you are willing to walk and looking for some solitude the mid to lower end of the river is a good choice. With plenty of salmon spawning, egg patterns have been very productive as well as pink and blue egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
Definite fall temperatures have moved in with highs in the 50s and struggling to reach 50 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday. With this temperature change look for an increase in the shoreline walleye night bite. The most active time is likely just before and after dark. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is typically quiet this time of year.