Fishing Reports for October 20, 2016

Fishing Reports for October 20, 2016
This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report
According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:

We finally have some water, 6,070cfs. We made it to the dam and it is loaded.

According to Jake Metcalf of
The fishing has been strange over the last couple days with the warm weather. These kings just seem to get lockjaw when it gets too warm. We landed a couple kings early along with a small rainbow, then the bite died out. Water was low, sun was high, air was warm, and the water was getting warmer. Not a good combination for salmon fishing. This pattern is about to change with cooler temperatures and significant rainfall over the next couple of days. The flow bumped up to 6,000cfs today and I’m expecting a lot of salmon to enter the river over the next week. You know what more salmon means – more trout!

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 website at and for fishing reports 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:
Salmon River Notice: Due to the low water conditions anglers should be aware that the Lower Fly Zone is closed until further notice. For more information

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Wednesday was another warm day with a mix of sun and clouds and the temperature reached into the 60’s. Colder weather along with rain is expected as we head through Saturday. Yesterday the anglers we spoke with who had the most success fished the mid to upper section of the river. Anglers reported having a good day with mostly kings in the Upper Fly Zone, Ellis Cove, Trestle and Ballpark. For those using spinning gear, blue or pink egg sacs have produced steady results.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The weather is currently rainy and rain is forecasted for the next couple of days. For lower clay did well for a while this morning but slowed down. The Estuary has not been very active; the mud hole has however seen good fishing. The upper line down to the flats has slowed down with occasional hook ups with a mix of kings and steelhead. The forecast for the rest of the week is cool and rainy which is perfect for fishing. We suspect the fishing population to increase throughout the week.

Oneida Lake report:
Reports are indicating the perch bite has been decent in the deeper water. After having a few days of warmer weather, the temperature is dropping and with the rain anglers are hoping for a kick start to the fall walleye bite. Minnows, shiners and nightcrawlers are suggested baits.

Sandy Pond report:
There has not been much activity on the pond.