Fishing Reports for October 8, 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:
With some rain yesterday and a distinctive drop in temperature, another nice run of salmon along with some brown trout and steelhead worked up through the river last night. Also helping to move fish along was a significant increase in water level with the river running at 7,500cfs this morning.

Fishing on the Oswego River continues to be very good. Along with the salmon anglers are finding some trout in the mix. Anglers at the dam are using rubber eggs, egg sacs, skein and flies. A number of them are being taken from the wall behind the shop using hot-n-tots, egg sacs, skein and estez flies. The night wall behind the YMCA is also producing on glow spoons and hot-n-tots. The water level is currently running at 2210cfs. Remember 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:
Monday we had a good early morning bite then struggled to get a few more. Very productive first couple of hours of the day but the grind starts as soon as the sun comes up. We had a nice bite Tuesday morning with four to the net in the first 35 minutes. A very impressive skein bite this morning put us in the double digits. I do see some rain in the forecast so I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Lake Ontario report:
The lake fishing season is winding down with not a lot of reports coming in.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
On Sunday, the rain stopped but it started pouring giant salmon with another major push through the river. On Monday my clients from South Africa experienced our world class fishing. Each had their limit by 11 a.m. and could not believe the strength of the fish they were reeling in.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
For the second day in a row fishing was unbelievable down on the run. Guests had to persevere through some heavy rain and winds but they were all happy to note that it was well worth it. Some trout have been mixed in but the majority of the catch remains big Kings. Flesh flies have begun to take some fish and jelly stone nymphs have also been consistent in purple, root beer, and black.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
With the rain and wind yesterday, leaves were a factor and we did have some runoff. As of right now we have fish in the river from top to bottom but over the last few days fresh fish have been entering the river. With the steady movement of fresh fish, the lower end has had plenty of action and anglers had a good day in the upper section of the river including Upper Sportsman, Ellis Cove, Frazier’s Run and the Upper/Lower Fly Zone. Egg patterns, leeches and woolly buggers produced steady results.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions have not changed much on the lake. Anglers are finding some perch activity in 12-18 feet of water with minnows and worms working well. There has been a little activity with anglers night casting for walleye but nothing too exciting as yet. Expect things to pick up when the weather gets cooler. For the new 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.