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Fishing Reports for October 22, 2018

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

Oswego River report:

The river experienced a real drop in flow on Saturday afternoon to about 700cfs and down to 450cfs yesterday. This afternoon it is running at 661cfs. Driftboat anglers reported great fishing Friday and early Saturday but a definite slow down with the drop in water flow. There are still a number of kings running in the river along with steelhead and a few brown trout. Smack beads, egg sacs and skein are working well.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and click on 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 lovely cold day with the River Portal reporting the fishing to be good with the primary fish being steelhead with a few browns and kings mixed in. The lower and middle end of the run showed sporadic amounts of fish throughout the day with the upper portion of the run having better action in the afternoon. The release at the dam remains at 335 CFS with a reported flow of 464 out of Pineville.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:
Overall it was a good weekend and the majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into some fish. For those anglers who are fishing for salmon, the mid to upper end of the river is your best bet with the most salmon holding in and around the gravel areas. The lower end of the river has been producing the most consistent steelhead action on a daily basis, but a few are being caught in the mid to upper end of the river as well. The most productive patterns have been egg patterns such as glo-bugs, estaz eggs & sucker spawn, flesh flies and egg sucking leeches. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have also done well with pink and blue egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
With the change in the weather pattern over the last couple of weeks look for an increase in the shoreline walleye night bite. The most active time is likely just before and after dark. Anglers have been finding a perch bite in 10-15 feet of water using minnows.

Sandy Pond report:
The pond is typically quiet this time of year.