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Fishing Reports for March 6, 2019

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

Oswego River report:

With the recent rain and snowmelt over the last few days the water flow is back up to 16,500 CFS. This flow makes many areas along the river difficult to fish. Behind the hotels is an area to try for steelhead and brown trout. Beads, jigs, and egg sacs either fished under a float or bottom bouncing are working well.

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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure

Click here for the current water flow.


Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had a total of five guests join us yesterday afternoon. We’re happy to share that despite the high water, the action was better than the previous day and three of our five guests were able to hook into a steelhead. Two of these fish were landed and both were chrome. One fish took a purple/pink streamer on the swing and the other took a dead drifted wooly bugger. All our guests also remarked that they were surprised how clear the water was even with the increase in flows. The water flow has jumped to 1500 CFS at the dam and 1890 CFS at Pineville.

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Oneida Lake report

Reports are indicating conditions are becoming unsafe on the lake. Shoreline ice is receding and many large areas are honeycombed. Large holes can be found across the lake. With temperatures reaching 50 degrees on Sunday and into early next week, the ice fishing season could be coming quickly to a close.


Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

With the warmer temperatures, the ice is not safe at this time.