Fishing Report for February 21, 2013

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.



Oswego River report:

According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level has dropped the last couple of days to 7,020cfs. Mother Nature brought some lake effect snow our way yesterday with just scattered snow showers today. Once this system moves through, temperatures will again reach into the thirties for the weekend.  Anglers are finding steelhead, brown trout and a few rainbows throughout the river. Driftboat anglers have been doing well when the wind is not an issue.

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Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing has been much tougher in the colder temperatures. The bright sunshine in the afternoon on a couple of days got enough fish active for just about all of our anglers to get a fish or two. Blue and copper backed stone flies #10-12 took a few bites for our fly fishing guests while blue egg sacs and green machine beads got action for the float fishermen.


According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

As of tonight the water flow will be running at 900cfs. On Wednesday we had windy conditions along with heavy lake effect snow showers and the temperature was in the 20’s. Between yesterday and what fell last night we picked up well over 18 inches of new snow. Yesterday one of the groups we have staying in the motel fished the upper end of the river in Altmar and reported having a few hook ups, besides that no other reports from anglers. The water clarity is still off color even in Altmar with pink and chartreuse working the best. We have one more day of cold weather then the temperature is expected to improve for the weekend and into next week.

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Oneida Lake report:

At this point, the ice on the lake has been holding well. Anglers are reporting some nice walleye and perch catches on the lake although the location can change on a daily basis. We have experienced a mixed bag of weather the last few days with wind, rain and some lake effect snow yesterday. Once we get through this system, the weekend looks good. Temperatures above freezing are expected from Friday on but night time temperatures should help keep the ice. However, as always, check the ice as you venture out.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice is good on the pond and should remain so through the weekend. A stretch of daytime highs above freezing is expected but nighttime temperatures will be below freezing. Overall the perch bite has been slow although there has been talk of a little more activity in the last couple of days. A decent pike bite continues with minnows being the choice bait.