Fishing Report for March 20, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With the rain last night and snow melt, the river is running at 10,600cfs this morning. Anglers are somewhat limited to the walkway, the Kiddie Pool and Bridie Pool and behind the hotels. Due to construction in the area, there is no access to the dam. Driftboats are reporting a good steelhead bite along with a few brown trout. Smack beads, egg sacs and marabou jigs are working well. 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 Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Our anglers did well this week on the river. On one trip we were crushing them with double digits in less than two hours. All released to fight another day!


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

We have gotten mixed reports from anglers. Some groups did well while others had a tough go; it all depended on where you fished and the experience level. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is holding the most fish but is also getting the most fishing pressure. Suggested baits are nymphs, single egg patterns, egg sacs, beads and pink worms. The river is currently running at 500cfs as of this morning.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Anglers reported decent action on Tuesday throughout the run once the sun came out and burned off the slush. Several fresh steelhead were reported in the black hole and glide. One lone angler had the Run to himself on Wednesday and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Catching a trophy spring brown trout and tangling with chrome will make anyone’s day! Nuke eggs #8-10 in natural roe colors were the ticket.

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Oneida Lake report:

Although we have had several milder days this week, temperatures are expected to drop back into the 20s as we move into the first part of next week. Action on the lake was slow this week with few reports of good catches. Big Bay is producing a nice panfish bite. Use caution as you venture out as cracks and gas pockets may have increased with the week’s temperatures. Also use caution around areas of flowing water.


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

We have plenty of ice on the pond. Even though we have had a few warmer temperatures this week the mercury will be dropping again by Sunday with nighttime temperatures in the teens. Walleye and Northern pike season are closed but anglers are finding some perch activity with minnows being the choice of bait. Greene Point is producing some crappies on small green and red jigs tipped with minnows.