Fishing Reports for March 1, 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:

Last weekend the water flow was running at about 4,000cfs and the bite was on. We watched five anglers on Saturday, all landing fish in a 10 minute time span. If you are a steelhead angler, this has been the time to be at the river. With some recent rain and run-off from the warmer temperatures, the water level rose this morning to just almost 9,000cfs.

 According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

It was doubles and more doubles over the last few days. Every other drift we were locked again. There has been very good brown trout action lately. It won’t be long before they will be venturing back out into the lake.

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Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing slowed quite a bit today with guests really working for their bites. The river puffed up quite a bit overnight (900cfs) with the rain from yesterday and runoff from snow melt; which has continued to keep the water ice cold. The bait of the day was brightly colored egg sacks as they give the fish both a site and smell factor. As we look toward the weekend temperatures return to near freezing or just below during the day. This should help curb the runoff from snow melt and increase water clarity which will improve fishing conditions.

 According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the recent rain and mild conditions it’s no surprise with the change in water level.  Due to the runoff, anglers reported that the water was off color in the lower end of the river. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is getting the most attention. Anglers trying to avoid the crowd and in search of fresh fish have been fishing the mid to lower end of the river. 

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 Oneida Lake report:

There is some nice action being reported on Oneida Lake. Anglers are finding a good walleye bite and some perch activity.  Reports from Big Bay include good catches of blue gills along with some crappies. With the thermometer reading in the 30s this week, please use caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out. Colder temperatures are heading our way by the weekend.


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice seems to be holding up on the pond.  You will likely find some edges getting soft but if we make it through the next day or so we have a cold snap coming our way. As always please use caution especially in areas near open water. The perch bite has improved in the last couple of weeks – not stock the freezer good but enough for dinner. Pike have also been active.