Fishing Reports for October 17, 2013

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level has been up and down the last couple of days but this afternoon is running at 4,370cfs. There are still salmon in the river along with a good showing of steelhead. Just remember that steelhead or rainbows must be 21 inches long and there is a one per day limit. Trout are hitting patcxe cured skein, beads and egg sacs.
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.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Yesterday was one after another for a double-digit day on the river. All were released to fight another day.

Lake Ontario report:
The lake fishing report has ended for the season.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The big numbers of salmon are starting to wane with the bottom half of the river especially thinning out. However, nice runs of steelhead are coming in right behind them. Suggested baits are egg sacs, flies and beads under a float.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday rounded out pretty well. A lot of steelhead were caught, along with a few kings and a handful of browns. Things have started off slow this morning but we are hoping the rain last night will get things moving. Techniques and baits including float fishing with beads, casting egg sacs, and swinging flies are working. Natural colored beads and egg patterns remain the staple and the always reliable blue egg sac has also been taking its share of steelhead.

Oneida Lake report:
The night bite did pick up some but the extended forecast is calling for much cooler temperatures especially into next week. This should help to spark more activity. With some of the nice weather we have had, anglers have found some perch using minnows and worms. For the downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at N

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