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Oct. 7, 2010

Oswego County Urges Anglers to Stay Out of Waters Until Flooding Recedes

The following is a statement from Barry Leemann, Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature:

The Oswego County community is saddened by the recent tragic event on the Oswego River. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Mr. Nichols and Mr. Luther. As a community we hope never to repeat that experience.

Oswego County is renowned for its sportfishing opportunities and we welcome anglers year-round from around the world. Given the recent weather conditions, our rivers have become extremely dangerous. There has been no official ban on fishing, however, all parties involved with the operation and maintenance of our fishery are advising that anglers stay out of the Oswego and Salmon Rivers until water levels return to more normal conditions.

We urge anglers to consider other fishing techniques other than standing directly in the water, such as fishing from streams, piers or driftboat, until the high water levels subside.

At this time of year our communities are full of anglers eager to try their luck as they search for a record catch in our various rivers and streams. This type of fishing comes with its own unique set of challenges and safety must always be our first consideration. This is a temporary situation we are experiencing. Please use common sense and be safe.

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