Fishing Reports for March 6, 2014

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


Oswego River report:

The river has been running between 5,000-8,000cfs for several days. This morning it is flowing at 5,910cfs. This makes 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.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure.

 Click here for the current water flow.


 Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

We have some good news as we head into the weekend with warmer temperatures and improving conditions. Yesterday the few anglers we spoke with reported getting into fishing in the upper end of the river. With the low water conditions, the fish have been holding in the deeper holes. Baits remain the same with nymphs, single egg patterns, egg sacs, beads and pink worms working well.

 According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

With temperatures staying well below normal, conditions have been difficult and not a lot of anglers have been on the water. Changes are in store for the end of the week with Friday and Saturday being the pick days if you want to get out on the river to go after some steel. Temperatures will warm into the 30s and the flows remain at 285cfs through tonight. On Tuesday, one angler ventured out and on a whim tried a chartreuse egg sac and was rewarded with his only fish of the day, a fat 8-10lb hen steelhead.

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Oneida Lake report:

After a very cold night with some temperatures below 0° in the area, temperatures will rebound into the 20s today with 30° through the next few days. Nights will, however, be below freezing so we should have ice for a while yet. Reports are indicating there has been some perch action in the shallow water but moving around and sorting through the small ones has been key. Anglers are reporting a few walleye in the deeper water as well as some action in the more shallow depths. Just a reminder that the walleye season closes on March 15 until May 4. 


 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

We have fantastic ice conditions on the pond. With 20 inches and no major warm up in the future forecast, we should have a minimum of three more weeks of good fishing conditions. The perch bite has been good with access from near the Wigwam or the Elm’s side. We have a consistent northern pike bite and on the warmer days crappie have been active near Greene Point. Small jigs tipped with grubs are working for the perch along with small minnows; tip ups with large shiners for pike and small green and red jigs tipped with minnows for crappies.