Flow: 13,300 CFS
Temp: 46 degrees F
Turbidity: 4.1 NFU
Despite the high water conditions on the Oswego River over the past few weeks, anglers are still catching kings, steelhead, and brown trout on a daily basis. There have been plenty more fish than anglers lately due to the misconception that fishing is no good when flows are high. In fact, the trout and salmon become more predictable when the water is high on the Oz because the fish get pushed up along the banks where there is slow enough water they can hold in.
Although there haven't been many anglers targeting king salmon in Oswego lately, there are still a bunch of kings at the dam, behind the hotels on the lower east side, at Wright's Landing boat launch, and inside the harbor behind the power plant. Skein, egg sacs, or marabou jigs under a float are all producing kings as well as Moonshine casting spoons and deep diving lures such as Hot N Tots and Deep Thundersticks.
For those interested in targeting brown trout and steelhead, the trout fishing is definitely heating up over the past two weeks. Egg sacs and beads under a float are producing a lot of trout right now in the upper half of the river because there are still king salmon spawning. Marabou jigs are starting to produce some trout also, but eggs remain the hot ticket until the kings and browns are finished spawning. Most anglers that we've been talking to have been running chartreuse, orange, and pink colored beads and egg sacs in the stained water. Now that the river clarity is clearing up, in regards to turbidity, the trout should hit just about any colored egg sac or bead with how aggressive they are with the given water temp. If you show up on top of some active fish then you can expect to get bites relatively quickly this time of year.
Besides fishing the upper half of the river for trout and salmon right now, (Utica Bridge to the Varick Dam) the lower half of the river (Utica Bridge to the mouth) is under utilized for how many fish can hold there. Downstream of the 104 bridge on both sides of the river can be very good fishing when the water is high for trout, from now through the spring. In addition to using egg sacs or beads, anglers do well with stickbaits, lipless cranks, swimbaits, and hair jigs in the lower section of the Oz.
The remainder of today and Sunday will be in the low to mid 40's with wind out of the south at less than 10 mph. We expect the river to keep dropping over the next couple days as the gauge in Phoenix is currently reading 11,900 CFS.
The Oz Bait & Tackle
The Oz is now taking custom orders for Ozzy Jigs (hand tied marabou jigs). We sell them in 4 packs for $10. We have 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, and 1/64 ounce jig heads available. White, black, pink, and chartreuse are the primary colors we have available. All jig heads are painted with glow paint besides the black.
Contact us directly or stop into the shop to make a custom order.
- (315) 216-6043