Fishing Reports for October 20, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
The river was down to 1,000cfs yesterday, up to almost 6,000cfs and back to 3,620cfs this morning. There are plenty of fish including salmon, rainbows, steelhead and brown trout. From the Utica St. bridge to the dam they are active taking skein, stickbaits and egg sacs.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Yesterday we had a good king bite going on which continued into this morning.

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:
Yesterday was a slow day on the run. There were a few salmon sighted as well as some steelhead but not the numbers of steelhead we have been seeing. Most anglers reported the fishing as slow. Many hooked one or two fish and that was a standard report for the day. We did receive some rain overnight so we hope that has a positive impact on the fishery. Water from the reservoir remains at 350 cfs and is 455 cfs at Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Anglers stopping into the shop who fished the Papermill, Ballpark and Staircase said they worked hard and it was tough fishing but they managed to get into a few steelhead while bottom bouncing with egg sacs. For those anglers still looking for salmon, your best bet is in the mid to upper section of river around the gravel areas, such as Upper Sportsman, Refrigerator, Upper Trestle, Bovines, Ellis Cove, Frazier’s Run and Wire Hole. Over the last couple of days anglers have been getting into a mix of kings and cohos in the Upper & Lower Fly Zone with single egg patterns, flesh fly, egg sucking leeches and stoneflies producing the best results.

Oneida Lake report:
The deeper water fishing season is coming to a close. Anglers are finding the night bite for walleye picking up a bit. Casting stickbaits from shore has been working well.

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