Fishing Reports for March 11, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

With the run-off from snow melt and the rain we have received, the water level has again increased to 21,200cfs as of this morning. This flow is very high and makes the river unfishable. Please use extreme caution along the river at this water level.

Salmon River report:

Notice: Patricia Egan, Director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, has continued an advisory for fishermen on the Salmon River due to high water conditions, urging them to be extremely cautious as water conditions could be unsafe. A flood advisory issued by the National Weather Service last night has been extended through tomorrow morning, and depending on conditions could be extended. Egan said fishermen should be very cautious in and around the Salmon River due to the higher levels and dangerous conditions.

Oneida Lake report

With the weather we have had this week, conditions around the lake are likely to vary greatly. Please use extreme caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out. Walleye and perch fishing have been good along the north shore from Constantia to the east. Walleye are hitting spoons and minnows while yellow perch are being caught on small jigs, jigging Rapalas and small spoons. Just a reminder that the walleye season ends March 15.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Reports from our ice fishing anglers are indicating that the conditions on Sandy Pond as of this morning are still very good. However, with the temperatures for the next several days to be above freezing and into the 40s, these conditions may change. Late ice conditions are always unpredictable so use extreme caution if you venture out. The perch and pike bites have been very good with suggested baits being 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:

The rain and warmer temperatures have affected the conditions this week. The trails currently have a 2-12 inch base with 20-24 inches through the woods. Expect a wet snow/wet granular surface.

Snowmobiling report:

The heavy rains and warmer temperatures we experienced this week have taken a toll on the snow conditions in some areas throughout the county. Please call ahead to your destination for current conditions.