Fishing Reports for October 9, 2014

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:
The river has been running at about 2,000cfs but is up to 3,400cfs this morning. Skein under a slip float on the wall and in the river wading is a suggested application. Casting thunder sticks and hot-n-tots off the wall is also working. The morning bite seems to be the best.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Earlier in the week our group from Maine enjoyed some pretty good fishing. We worked hard for them, but came through with a large catch. Not seeing the large numbers of fish but I guess that’s why they call it fishing!

According to Capt. Andy Bliss of Chasin’ Tail Adventures:
Overall the salmon have remained somewhat elusive but there is a fair number of fish in the river. The most effective presentation has been Pautzke cured skein under floats and deep-diving crankbaits.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers a Loaner for Life program, offering loaner life jackets at no cost at the east side fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., Oswego. For more information call 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The number of steelhead surpassed the number of kings seen on the run today. Anglers reported a relatively steady pick of fish throughout the day. The most success came from blue egg sacs and orange egg patterns. We had reports of fish movement in the estuary as well. One angler reported seeing nearly 20 fish jump in a 15 minute period. Flows will hold steady at 350cfs through midnight Friday.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
We received mixed reports from anglers who fished the upper section of the river. The few anglers who did have some action put in their time, covered lots of water and worked hard for the fish they got. We have fish scattered from top to bottom with the best reports coming from the Upper and Lower Fly Zones. Successful baits were black, brown and olive woolly buggers along with stoneflies.

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The fishing has been slow to fair at best the last couple of days. There just does not seem to be as many fish this year. No real reason as to why this is the case or why last year they were so plentiful. We are seeing a few steelies moving into the river and they are just about on time.

Oneida Lake report:
When the wind hasn’t been an issue, anglers have been finding a perch bite in about 8-15 feet of water along with some bass activity in both shallow and deeper water. Look for walleye in about 30 feet of water and with this more seasonable cooler weather, we should see the night bite activity pick up. Fishing from shore just before or after dark can be productive.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The activity on the pond is quiet this time of year.