Fishing Reports for October 4, 2012

Fishing Reports for October 4, 2012

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

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:

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

After being down to 800cfs last weekend, the water flow was up to about 1800cfs for the last couple of days. This morning it is down to 1,370cfs. There are plenty of fish at the dam including salmon, brown trout and a few steelhead and rainbows. 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. Driftboat anglers have reported some nice catches along the river. Suggested baits are egg sacs, crazy eggs, beads, estaz flies and Hot-n-Tots. Night anglers are also finding a good bite behind the YMCA using dark cleos. Just a note that there is no access to Leto’s Island from the eastside.

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin Tail Adventures:

Fishing on the Oswego River remains a nice steady bite. With the lower water flows and warmer temperatures these fish are really fighting!


*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

Lake Ontario report:

The lake fishing is winding down. Wind and a changing weather pattern have limited the lake fishing.

Pulaski Area/ Salmon River report:

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

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The fishing couldn’t be better on the river. These fish just keep coming. The numbers in the estuary are not as large as a couple of weeks ago but there are still plenty. A good number of steelhead are making their way into the upper end of the estuary. There are plenty of kings and cohos along with some steelhead and brown trout throughout the river. Most any tributary, including the North and South Sandies, is seeing a good number of fish. Egg sacs and flies using light line and small hooks are working well.

According to Harry Powers of Salmon Heaven Lodge:

The fishing continues to be outstanding! We have had one of the biggest runs of cohos and chinooks that I have seen! Anglers are just fighting fish until their arms are sore. There are a few early trout starting to show even though it is still very early in the season.

According to Garrett Brancy of Douglaston Salmon Run:

It’s fair to say that October has started off with a bang! From what I understand both Monday and Tuesday saw solid movement of both kings and cohos with a lot of trout in the mix. Wednesday the movement seemed to slow down just a touch with the fish coming in waves every 30-45 minutes…now that was just the new comers. With the number of fish already present on the run it’s hard to notice the fish movement “slow down”. Some very large coho have been taken on the run over the last week with many fish in the mid twenties; one angler landed one just over 30 lbs. This coming weekend it looks like the forecast is more seasonable with highs in the 50’s. See you on the river!

Oneida Lake report:

The walleye fishing has been spotty on the lake with not a lot of reports of success. There has been some perch activity in the Big Bay and Three Mile Bay area. Look in 12-15 feet of water with minnows and worms working well. There is no word yet on the nighttime shore walleye bite.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Things are quiet on the pond at this time.