Fishing Reports for October 4, 2018

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

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Bait and Tackle:
Fishing on the Oswego River has been good. Anglers at the dam have been catching mostly kings with some browns and rainbows mixed in. The most effective offerings at the dam were pink egg sacs, skein, and estaz flies. Anglers fishing off the wall are having great success on kings and rainbows using skein and deep diving lures. Float fishing with skein on the Oswego River has become a popular tactic for targeting king salmon during the fall over the past couple years. The skein bite will continue to improve as the water temperature drops throughout the month of October.

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 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:
This morning the water flow is 335cfs / 482cfs at Pineville. The water temperature is 57º as of early this morning, air temperature 54º degrees, overcast with some rain moving through the area. The River Patrol report indicates that there are “lots of fish in both channels” of the estuary and that they are moving into the run in small pods. The lower area is seeing a “good amount” and “quite a bit of” fish moving through, the middle section is also seeing fish movement, and the upper area continues to produce steadily. A mix of steelhead, cohos, and kings have been brought to hand this morning by our clients with steelhead primarily in the upper section.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop:
Overall we had mixed reports from anglers yesterday, some groups did well and had plenty of action while others had a slow day. In the mid to upper end of the river anglers reported fish holding in the deeper holes and larger runs. In the lower end of the river the best reports we had came from anglers who fished the DSR. Anglers reported getting into mostly kings along with a few cohos. Over the last couple of days the most productive patterns have been estaz eggs, woolly buggers, black egg sucking leeches, glo-bugs and comets.

Oneida Lake report:
The cooler temperatures which have moved into the area will likely spark a bit more walleye activity. Look for the night bite trolling in shallow water or fishing from shore to pick up as the fall temperatures move in. Anglers are continuing to find a few walleye in deeper water during the day. Look for bass along the weed beds. Worm harnesses, jigs, crankbaits and blade baits are working well.

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