Fishing Reports for March 10, 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 4,160cfs. This is a very fishable level. Anglers are finding a good steelhead bite along the river. Today and tomorrow will be good weather wise. Wednesday another snow storm is predicted. 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 Oswego County Tourism web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Sunday was a nice relaxing day on the Oswego River. For the first time using center pins, our guys did pretty well. They lost a lot but managed to land a good group of steelhead. All released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Overall it was a good weekend; the river is in great shape and the weather was nice. The fishing pressure did increase, but that’s to be expected with the low water (285cfs) and the weather starting to improve. Over the last few days the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is getting the most fishing pressure, but is also holding the most fish. With the low water conditions the fish have been holding in the deeper holes and anglers have been getting into fish in both the upper and lower end of the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We have had a couple of banner days down on the Run with some sunny skies and milder temperatures. Guests reported steady action with blue egg sacs taking the most hits.

Oneida Lake report:
We had good conditions over the weekend with lots of ice and milder temperatures. Anglers are reporting some gas pockets so do use caution as you move around on the ice. This week is the end of walleye season until May 4 so take advantage of it if you can. Anglers are finding a good perch bite with live bait working well. Keep an eye on the weather if you are planning to fish midweek. A snow storm is predicted for Wednesday into early Thursday but the exact track of the storm has not been determined.

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.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We had 22 degrees with light snow this morning. One inch fresh snow on a 30” base. A high temperature of 36° today and tomorrow with a significant amount of snow predicted for Wednesday. We have spring like conditions with 273 inches for the season.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Groomers were out this morning in Boylston to smooth out the trails. C5A from the groomer barn all the way to the top of Little John Rd.; also S51, S51A, S51B, S51C, S54 were done. It should be a good day to ride and enjoy the trails.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Most of Happy Valley was groomed over the weekend but everything else needs more snow in order to groom. There is a possible snow storm coming for midweek but we will have to see what develops.