Fishing Reports for October 29, 2013

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 several days of levels between 8,000-10,000cfs, the water flow dropped yesterday. Although up and down a bit during the day, the flow is running at 6,190cfs this morning. This should be a good week for trout fishing with some nice chrome steelhead throughout the river. Just remember that steelhead or rainbows must be 21 inches long and there is a one per day limit. Trout are hitting patcxe cured skein, smack beads and egg sacs.
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 under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We have had some of the best steelhead fishing that I have ever seen. Our clients had a two-day total so high you would never believe it. They fought fish the entire trip with never a slow time; easy Catch the Drift Double Digit Days!

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Last night we had a heavy frost with temperatures in the mid 20’s. Anglers we spoke with yesterday who fished the smaller local tributaries reported having a good day with a mix of kings and steelhead taken on chartreuse egg sacs. In the lower end of the river anglers reported getting into steelhead in the Staircase/Longbridge with pink and blue egg sacs producing steady results. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported that Sportsman, Pineville, Trestle, Wire Hole and Upper/Lower Fly Zones were active with egg patterns producing the best results.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Our guests reported on Sunday that fishing improved a good deal down on the run. More fish were lost in the high flows than landed but our guests still managed to catch some nice steelhead and a few fat browns. Covering water was key and those anglers who worked the run top to bottom were most successful. Yarn flies in natural colors, simple chartreuse estaz eggs or stonefly patterns were successful. Anglers using egg sacs saw a consistent bite and beads remain the bait of choice. The water flow will remain at 1,200cfs through tonight so remember to fish the edges before entering an obvious run or pool!

Oneida Lake report:
Anglers are finding some perch in 10-20 feet of water when conditions let them on the water. The night bite for walleye is picking up with the cooler temperatures. Shore anglers are using stickbaits successfully. For the downloadable Oneida Lake Association boating safety map, visit their web site at N

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Things are quiet on the pond this time of year until the cold weather sets in and we get some ice.