Fishing Reports for October 23, 2012

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

 Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

After running at times well over 3,000cfs the last few days, the water flow has settled back to 3,500cfs as of this morning. Anglers are finding a smorgasbord in the river with some salmon, steelhead, rainbows and brown trout. Activity over the weekend was good. Just a reminder that steelhead and rainbow have to be 21 inches to keep and you are only allowed 1 per day of the 3 a day limit. Suggested baits remain the same with egg sacs, crazy eggs, beads, and estaz flies working well. Just a note that there is no access to Leto’s Island from the eastside.


*The City of Oswego and Brookfield have implemented new personal flotation device zones at the Varick Hydropower Dam on the Oswego River. Go to this link for more information:

* Leto Island remains closed.  For information on campgrounds and accommodations in the Oswego area, go to

Salmon River report:

Notice: The Lower Fly Section will remain CLOSED until October 31.

 According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

On Monday we had windy conditions in the morning, but in the afternoon the wind went down and we had plenty of sunshine. Yesterday the leaves were a factor but anglers still reported getting into fish in the lower end of the river. The majority of anglers stopping into the shop have transitioned over to steelhead and have been doing very well in the lower end of the river with fresh chrome on a daily basis. For those anglers still looking for salmon, the mid to upper section of the river would be the best bet.

 According to Garrett Brancy of Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing over the weekend was good – slow mornings giving way to steady mid-morning and afternoon action. By the end of the day most anglers had enough success to keep them happy; some better than others. Sunday our group got schooled by more steelhead than we landed but we still had a great afternoon. We hooked up on both beads and flies. The best fish of the day came to one of the two season pass holder’s on the center pin and on a fly his 11 year old son tied himself. Needless to say, it was a special fish.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We are nearing the end of the big run of fish although there are some stragglers coming through. Steelhead have filled the bottom end of the river and the fishing is great. A few anglers are still seeking out salmon and brown trout. Suggested application is lighter tackle and floats with eggs under them.

Oneida Lake report:

Anglers are finding some decent perch fishing in 10-12 feet of water in the Big Bay and Cleveland area.  A few bass were also reported. Minnows and worms are suggested baits. A few anglers have been out trying nighttime shore fishing for walleye.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Things are quiet on the pond at this time.