Fishing Reports for March 13, 2012

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water level has been running between 5,000-8,000cfs for the last few days. The flow is 7,200cfs as of this morning. All areas along the river are fishable. Brown trout are being taken behind the hotels with minnows, steelhead and browns are active in the river all along the area behind the shop and the Post Office. Rosy red minnows, egg sacs, wax worms, trout beads and stickbaits are good choices of bait. Perch are active at the lock in Phoenix with minnows working well. Anglers are also getting brown trout in the lake along the shoreline east of the harbor using stickbaits.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The water flow is running at 1200cfs. Steelhead are starting to pair up to spawn and when you find one you generally find a few more. When we did find them wooly buggers #8-10 in various colors and beads took all of our bites. 8mm Honey Mustard produced strikes along with 10mm Cheeze Doodle beads. The weather looks fantastic this week with highs in the fifties and sixties. That should produce some great spring steelhead fishing. Get out and enjoy it!

Oneida Lake report:

A reminder that the walleye season closes on March 15 until the first Saturday in May. Anglers are turning to open water fishing with the very warm temperatures forecasted for this time of year. Perch are taking minnows and Big Bay is producing panfish on spikes, wax worms, and hair jigs along with crappies on minnows, spikes and hair jigs.

Sandy Pond report:

With the lack of ice on the pond, activity is quiet as we look forward to open water fishing.

Winter Trail Report:

The weather this week will not be friendly toward any snow we do have in the county. Temperatures are expected to be in the sixties for most of the week with some areas possibly reaching 70 by Sunday and Monday.

Cross-Country Skiing:

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

The warmer temperatures over the next few days will surely impact the conditions for the next week. Currently the trails have a 3-18 inch base with 10-18 inches through the woods with wet granular/spring-like conditions.