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Fishing Report for March 26, 2020

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

NOTICE: While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another.

 

Lake Ontario report:

Brown trout are hanging close to shore. They can be caught by casting spoons and stickbaits. Natural colors have been best in clear water. Brighter colors are working when the water is stained. They will concentrate around creek and river mouths looking for warmer water.

Oswego River report:

The water flow had been running over 10,000 CFS but has been between 8,000-9,000 CFS over the last couple of days. This morning it is flowing at 8,850 CFS. This makes many areas along the river fishable. Anglers are finding steelhead with some nice chrome ones in the upper end of the river. Egg sacs and beads have been successful along with Marabou jigs and night crawlers. Remember walleye season is closed until the first Saturday in May.

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 for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

 

Salmon River report:

The water flow has jumped to 1500 CFS at the dam and 1830 CFS at Pineville. Anglers have been finding a good steelhead bite with egg sacs the choice of bait. Fly fishing anglers reported stone flies were top producers with glo bugs and wooly bugger type patterns also taking strikes. The majority of fish caught have been chrome.

Click here for the current water flow.

 

Oneida Lake report

Anglers are now looking toward the spring open water fishing. Just a reminder that walleye season is closed from March 15 to the first Saturday in May.

 

Sandy Pond report:

Activity is rather quiet now on the pond as we transition to open water fishing. Just a reminder that walleye and northern pike seasons are closed from March 15 to the first Saturday in May.