Fishing Reports for March 17, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

After Wednesday’s snow storm, warmer weather moved in for a couple of days. Today is cold but temperatures will moderate for the rest of the week. The river is running at just over 10,000cfs this morning. This makes it hard to access much of the river but behind the hotels is a suggested spot.  Driftboat anglers found a good steelhead bite along with a few brown trout over the weekend. 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.  

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.  

Click here for the current water flow.

 According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

It was a good weekend on the river. On Saturday we had 7 nice steelhead in a row and another locked as I sent a report with even more to follow. Sunday morning was cold and windy but the fish were biting.


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

After several days of unfishable conditions last week the run was productive for our guests over the weekend. Blue egg sacs took most of the bites but pink was also a hot color.  Fishermen reported mainly fresh steelhead in the 4-8lb class with a few larger fish lost. We would like to remind guests to use extreme caution with shelf ice; not only when standing on the river’s edge but also while wading as ice as chunks have been reported to be breaking free and floating down due to the warm up. Flows will remain at 285 cfs through Monday.

 Click here for the current water flow.


Oneida Lake report:

With walleye season closed for a few weeks, activity on the lake is slowing down. With all of the cold weather we have had a very good ice fishing season. As temperatures do start to warm up, use caution as cracks and gas pockets are showing in the ice. There is a decent perch bite being reported on the east end of the lake in about 30 feet of water.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We have plenty of ice, two feet in many areas. Although we did get some snow on Wednesday, there is little snow on the pond due to the wind. Today’s temperatures are only reaching the low 20s but 40s are forecast for the next few days. Perch are taking small jigs tipped with grubs along with minnows. Northern pike are responding to tip ups with large shiners for pike. Greene Point is producing some crappies on small green and red jigs tipped with minnows. A reminder that walleye and Northern pike seasons have closed.