Fishing Reports for October 17, 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 area received a good amount of rain Wednesday and Thursday and the water level is showing that. From about 1500cfs mid-week we are up to 7,960cfs this morning. The dam is loaded with salmon and steelhead with skein, egg sacs, smack beads, and flies working well. If you are fishing from the wall use hot’n tot’s, deep thundersticks, smack beads, egg sacs, skein under a float and wooly buggers.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Wednesday was a good day on the river – the first double digit day of this season. The water level quickly rose to 6,490cfs in the morning and up from there which should help with more DDDs for Catch the Drift. Hopefully the water stays up for a while.

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 Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There remains a good concentration of salmon in the upper half of the river. The lower end of the river is seeing a very good number of steelhead. Egg sacs, egg pattern flies are working well along with beads under a float for steelhead. With the heavy rain we had yesterday it is likely the area streams will see some good action.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Anglers reported excellent fishing yesterday for kings, cohos, steelhead and brown trout. Fishing was good throughout the run in the morning and when the rain started fresh fish moved through the run from the estuary and provided excellent fishing. Trout beads in blue, orange, cerise worked well for center pin fishermen while estaz eggs, stoneflies, and intruders worked well for fly fishermen. Egg sacs worked well for those using them and with the overcast conditions darker colors were successful. Just a note, the water temperature has come up 10 degrees from 52 to 62 degrees so please use care when fishing fish. Use as much time as needed to revive them as well. The latest report this morning is that a large pod of kings is working its way up through the run. Guides and guests are reporting many hook ups, the majority being kings but a few steelhead are mixed in as well.

Oneida Lake report:
As the cooler weather settles back in over the next few days, look for the nighttime walleye bite to pick up. Stickbaits and crankbaits cast from shore just before and after dark are suggested applications. When you can access the deeper water, look for yellow perch to respond to minnows in 12-15 feet of water and some bass activity in both shallow and deeper water.

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