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  1. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 11, 2019. Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: The Oswego River has been on and off over the past couple of weeks. With water temperatures in the thirties, the trout and walleye fishing can still be good but your timing has to be right. Most anglers are having to put in a couple of hours to get a couple bites this time of year. In addition to the browns, steelhead, rainbows, and walleye are most common this time of year. Jigs and swimbaits have been working well. The water flow is running at 15,300cfs this morning. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 7, 2019. Oswego River report: With no significant precipitation over the last few days, the water level is slowly continuing to drop running at 13,400 cfs as of this morning. This remains a high water level for bank fishing so the lower east side behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers have found browns, rainbows and a few walleyes using jigs or bottom bouncing egg sacs. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  3. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on January 4, 2019. Oswego River report: The water level has been fairly consistent for the last week or so. This morning it is flowing at 15,700 cfs. Conditions are about the same on the river. With the high water level and fast flow, the lower east side behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers have found browns, rainbows and a few walleyes using jigs or bottom bouncing egg sacs. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  4. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 31, 2018. Our staff extends our best wishes for a safe and very Happy New Year! Oswego River report: The water level has been pretty consistent running between 16,000-17,000 cfs over the last few days. This morning it is flowing at 16,200 cfs. Rain is expected to move into the area late this afternoon and could be heavy at times with very strong winds. Conditions are expected to settle down tomorrow afternoon. With the high water level and fast flow, the lower east side behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers have found browns, rainbows and a few walleyes using jigs or bottom bouncing egg sacs. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 26, 2018. Oswego River report: Although the water level was down under 13,000 cfs the end of last week, it increased on Saturday to just over 17,000 cfs. This afternoon it is flowing at 16,000 cfs. According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: Last week was a hit or miss week on the Oswego River. Early in the week the bite was pretty solid as anglers continued to find success catching browns, rainbows and a few walleyes on the lower east side behind the hotels using jigs or bottom bouncing egg sacs. The lower west side was also active casting lures. With the warmer temperatures the end of the week, things were lining up for a productive bite, however, anglers were reporting it was tough and many were working hard for a fish or two. Temperature increases this time of year that are significant and occur abruptly can sometimes leave the fish unsettled or unwilling to feed. Warmer temperatures are moving back in for Friday and Saturday and dropping into the 20s on Sunday. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  6. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 20, 2018. Our staff extends our best wishes for a safe and Happy Holiday! Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: We’ve been putting our hand tied marabou jigs to work these last couple weeks and having excellent results. These hungry browns don’t seem to have much preference for size or color, as we’re catching many on a variety of jigs. The 1/16 ounce green head, white body, white tail and 1/8 ounce all black have done the trick. Some browns have not yet spawned. The river flow is currently 12,400cfs with some heavy rain predicted for tomorrow. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  7. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 19, 2018. Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: We’ve been putting our hand tied marabou jigs to work these last couple weeks and having excellent results. These hungry browns don’t seem to have much preference for size or color, as we’re catching many on a variety of jigs. The 1/16 ounce green head, white body, white tail and 1/8 ounce all black have done the trick. Some browns have not yet spawned. The river flow is currently 13,200cfs. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  8. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 13, 2018. Oswego River report: With little significant precipitation in the last few days, the river level continues to drop slowly running at 16,200cfs as of this afternoon. This is still a high level for fishing along much of the river. Behind the hotels is a suggested area for steelhead, browns and walleye. Many Lake Ontario tributaries are also producing some nice trout. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  9. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 7, 2018. Oswego River report: The river flow has dropped just a little to 18,900cfs which is still very high. Most areas along the river are unfishable but behind the hotels is a suggested spot to try. Anglers are finding steelhead, browns and a few walleye. Many Lake Ontario tributaries are also producing some nice trout. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure via the link below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  10. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on December 3, 2018. Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: With more rain over the weekend, the river flow is up to 21,200 cfs as of this morning. The fish are fairly predictable with the high water conditions because most of the them are consolidated in fewer spots along the bank. Anglers are finding steelhead, brown trout and walleye. Most anglers are float fishing marabou jigs right now and some anglers have been swimming jigs along the bottom or bottom bouncing egg sacs. High water conditions haven’t been ideal lately, but luckily, there has been a healthy population of trout in the Oswego River this fall and anglers are still catching fish. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  11. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 29, 2018. Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: After a few days of rain, which also melted most of the snow in the Oswego River drainage basin, it’s no surprise that the river shot up again. This morning it is flowing at 20,600cfs. When the turbidity starts to drop then I’d recommend fishing on the lower east side of the river behind the hotels. This is one of the best high water spots between December and April when the river is typically on the high side. Last winter we saw a large population of walleyes in this section of the river, however, the browns that usually hold there were very limited. With a resurgence in browns throughout the Oswego River this fall, we can expect to catch more browns in the lower river this winter and spring. Look for the turbidity to drop below 10 NFU for the trout bite to pick back up, and if you are going to fish in the dirty water, go with a big, bright, and loud presentation. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure through the link below. 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. Click here to view the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  12. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 26, 2018. Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: With the rain and snow melt on Saturday, the Oswego River went from a flow of 8,300cfs to 12,500cfs on Sunday. Reports indicated the fishing was relatively slow. We only heard of a few anglers getting into any trout. One angler came up to the shop around 9 am yesterday and showed off a big male steelhead that was pushing 12 pounds – this fish had serious shoulders! He was bottom bouncing the high wall with a white egg sac. Another angler caught a few browns off the high wall using a black and red stickbait. We fished yesterday afternoon and got into some trout while float fishing beads and egg sacs. One angler caught a beautiful brown. If I had one word to describe the colors of his fish, it would be VIBRANT! This morning the river flow is 10,800cfs. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 20, 2018. Our staff wishes you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Oswego River report: According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: The salmon spawn will be coming to an end shortly and the trout will start feeding more heavily on baitfish because there is no longer such an abundance of salmon eggs in the Oswego River. The next five months opens a great opportunity to capture trout on Lake Ontario tributaries with marabou jigs. Our favorite way to fish them is by center pin float fishing. Although, you can still fish them like any other jig by casting out and jigging it back to you along the bottom. If you are looking to target brown trout right now, then marabou jigs are the way to go! The water flow has dropped to 10,400cfs as of this morning. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  14. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 15, 2018. Oswego River report: The river level has been running between 11,000cfs and 14,000cfs. The flow this morning is 13,500cfs. This level does make fishing from shore difficult in some places but anglers are finding success. Even with the cold weather driftboats are enjoying some really good trout fishing with nice steelhead, browns and a few rainbows coming to the net. According to Oz Angling Bait & Tackle: Whether you’re float fishing, fly fishing, or bottom bouncing, there are a number of effective techniques for catching Great Lakes trout. Water conditions, and the environment you are fishing will often determine which technique will be most effective. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure at the link below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  15. This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on November 8, 2018. Sunday, November 11 – Veteran’s Day, is a free fishing day in New York State. Anyone can fish the fresh waters with no fishing license required. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply. Oswego River report: The steady rain has become more scattered showers over the last couple of days and cooler temperatures are arriving for the weekend. The river level remains high with this morning’s flow at 12,080cfs. This flow makes many areas along the river difficult to fish from shore but anglers are still finding some success. Drift boats are also bringing fish to the net. There are still a few salmon being taken but the waters are active with some nice steelhead, rainbows and a few brown trout. Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure at the link below. 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. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
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