Fishing Reports for March 1, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

The water level is running at 11,100cfs this morning. With the rain we had yesterday and some run-off expected during the week, this level may rise. With the higher water it makes fishing many areas along the river difficult. The same areas such as the Kiddie Pool and near Lock 7 are producing steelhead and brown trout. The warmer weather has opened up most of the river to driftboat activity. Please use caution along the river at this water level.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Monday was another mild day with rain showers throughout the day along with windy conditions. The temperature reached near 40 degrees and combined with the rain it really helped knock down some of the snow piles. Not nearly as many anglers were on the water as compared to the weekend, but the upper end of the river in Altmar continues to get the most pressure. We took advantage of the conditions over the weekend and the fish we landed were fresh chrome while using eggs under a float.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing has really picked up the last few days. The anglers that have been on the run are reporting excellent numbers of fish. The top baits have been small wooly buggers and 10mm beads. We are getting a little blast of water overnight, 500cfs. This should help bust up some more ice and bring in a little chrome.

Oneida Lake report

The area received a few inches of snow on Friday. We did have warmer temperatures over the weekend and some steady rain on Monday. With this in mind, the ice around areas of flowing water may not be safe at this point. Be sure to check the ice before venturing out. The north shore is producing a good walleye bite and Big Bay is active with crappies and panfish. The perch action has been good in many areas around the lake.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice fishing on Sandy Pond is the best it has been all season. With ice depths pushing 20 inches, most areas of the pond are seeing excellent fishing. The exceptions for thick ice would be areas near streams and channels so these areas should be avoided when using ATVs and snowmobiles. Suggested baits are fathead and buckeye minnows, spikes, grubs and jigs.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

We did receive another 12 inches of new snow in the past three days. However, we did receive some rain yesterday. The trails have a 16-26 inch base with 30-43 inches through the woods with a wet snow/packed powder surface.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

Monday we did have some rain but it appears we only got a total of about .5 of rain. This is not enough to cause major disruption and temperatures are below freezing for the rest of the week. Grooming will continue once things have firmed back up, likely tomorrow. Most of the trails currently have an 8-12 inch base.

Snowmobiling report:

Yesterday areas of the county received rain for much of the day. We have not received reports from the clubs at this point. Most of them are likely out assessing the trail conditions today. With the rain and temperatures expected to be in the 30s most of the week, conditions may deteriorate some and we will post updates as we receive them.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Just a note, please be cautious when traveling our trail system near/under any power lines as National Grid is changing several poles in the area. Lakeshore Road and County Route 3 have poles lying on the ground near the trail system. The poles have been dragged around so the trail may be rough in some areas.