Fishing Reports for October 22, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
The river flow has been fairly consistent between 3,000-4,000cfs over the last couple of days. This afternoon it is running at 3,960cfs. Anglers are finding a variety of fish in the river. There are some salmon with increasing numbers of rainbows, steelhead and some nice size brown trout. From the Utica St. bridge to the dam they are active taking skein, stickbaits and egg sacs.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had a good king bite earlier in the week but a number of trout have moved in over the last couple of days.

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:
Overall it was a slow day on the run Tuesday. While our anglers did manage to bring some steelhead to hand, the numbers were not what we were hoping for. The encouraging news is that there seemed to be some fresh kings and Cohos showing up on the run. Not a great many, but some and enough to be encouraging for the days ahead. We’re hoping that now that the weather has settled back into being more typical temperatures, the fishing will return to more typical levels for this time of year. Yesterday there was a little more action in the morning than the rest of the day and a little more at the end as well. Anglers reported seeing fish, however they were sitting in pools and not too interested in biting. We have reports of a fair amount of steelhead in the estuary however they seem to be content to stay there for now.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The anglers we spoke with who fished the lower end of the river said they fished hard and covered lots of water but managed to get into a few steelhead while fly fishing with single egg patterns or 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.

Oneida Lake report:
The night bite for walleye is beginning to pick up. Anglers casting stickbaits just before and after dark are seeing some activity.

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