Fishing Reports for March 23, 2018

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


Oswego River report

The river flow has continued to run under 10,000cfs this week. This morning it is flowing at 6,260cfs. There has been a driftboat or two out over the last couple of days. With this water level anglers can fish from shore and are likely to find some steelhead activity along the river.

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.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had mixed reports from anglers yesterday. Two fishing the upper section in the morning reported 4/5 and ¾ all steelhead using pink and blue egg sacs as well as pink worms under a bobber. A pair of anglers reported later in the day some success in the upper section with one going 2/3 which included a little domestic rainbow floating white egg sacs under a bobber. The other reported 2/4 floating stone flies and white egg sacs under a bobber. Four other anglers reported trying everything to no avail. The extreme water clarity as well as the bright sunshine probably had a lot to do with the fish lying low. The deeper holes seemed to produce more fish.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville has been producing action on a daily basis but is also getting the most fishing pressure. The fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. Anglers in the lower end of the river have been getting into some fresh chrome, while the mid to upper end of the river has been producing a mix of colored up fish along with a few bright ones. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had the most success with pink or blue egg sacs. Anglers who are fly fishing have had success with black stoneflies, single egg patterns or small woolly buggers. Temperatures are expected to moderate into the 40s early next week.

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Oneida Lake report:

Although we have had some colder temperatures, the sun is warmer this time of year and does have an effect on the ice. Temperatures are expected to moderate next week into the 40s and may reach 50 degrees. Stay safe as we wait for the open water fishing season to begin. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.


Sandy Pond report:

At this time there is no safe ice on the pond. Please be patient as we wait for open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.