Fishing Reports for March 4, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

The river has been under 10,000cfs for several days. This morning it is flowing at 7,020cfs. This makes some areas along the river more accessible.  With some moderating temperatures in the forecast for the end of the week there will likely be some anglers in search of the steelhead bite in the river. 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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Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Steelhead fishing has been fairly productive this weekend. Saturday each guest reported multiple hookups and just about all of the action was on blue egg sacs. Sunday the action slowed some but all guests reported getting into at least a few steelies; 8 & 10 mm beads were the primary bait of choice. Evening temperatures have been in the negatives and the high will barely creep into double digits today. The resulting slush and anchor ice will make fishing conditions difficult. There is a warming trend forecasted for mid-week through the weekend so conditions should improve. The water flow is running at 285cfs through tomorrow evening.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Monday we did not speak with many anglers, but the few who did brave the cold reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river. Areas such as the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Pineville and Sportsman’s Pool produced action. Nymphs in black, brown and olive along with single egg patterns in pale colors have worked well for fly fishing. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have done well with egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

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Oneida Lake report:

Although we have again been in a period of very cold temperatures, as we head toward the weekend the thermometer will be reaching the 30s. We have plenty of ice, 15-20 inches in many areas, and not a lot of snow so navigating on the lake is not a problem. The fishing also has been good. There has been a walleye bite in the more shallow waters in areas off the north shore along with some action in the deeper water. Perch have also been active in the more shallow depths. Big Bay is producing blue gills along with some perch. 


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We have great conditions on the pond. There is 20 inches of ice on many areas of the pond and not a lot of snow so traveling by snowmobile or ATV is very manageable. More good news involves the perch bite which has definitely picked up the last couple of weeks and we have consistent northern pike action. Small jigs tipped with grubs are working for the perch; tip ups, large minnows and large spikes for the pike.