Fishing Reports for March 14, 2013

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

 Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Early in the week the upper end of the river was more active, a slower time in the lower river. The fish were biting and we managed to pull out another double digit day. Tuesday the water level went from 7,000cfs to 13,500cfs after some steady rain overnight and the fish wanted to bite. Big numbers hooked and big numbers lost but another good day on the water. The current water flow is just over 11,000cfs and this morning was a bit tough as we battled 30 mph winds.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the recent rain and melting snow the river is getting plenty of runoff and was off color in the mid to lower end of the river. The water level is currently flowing at 900cfs. Anglers we had staying in the motel fished the upper end of the river in Altmar where you had the best visibility and least amount of runoff. The few anglers we spoke with reported having a slow day. For those anglers who are fly fishing, high stick nymphing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging flies have all produced results. For those anglers who are spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs, trout beads, pink worms and jigs have all produced results.

 Oneida Lake report:

With the warm weather we had last weekend and into the early part of this week, conditions have deteriorated on the ice. Although we have some colder temperatures expected in the next few days, we have also had some wind that will affect conditions. For safety reasons it is time to close the book on ice fishing for this season and look ahead to open water fishing in the weeks ahead. A reminder that walleye season runs through March 15th, and then closes until the first Saturday in May.

 Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

After the stretch of warmer weather we had, we are likely looking at the end of the ice fishing season. Although you will find some areas of ice on the pond, it may not be reliable and for safety reasons we are not recommending you not venture out. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season runs through March 15th, and then closes until the first Saturday in May.

 Winter Trail Report:

With the warm weather we had over last weekend, many areas in the county lost a significant amount of snow. Although a few inches were predicted today over the Tug Hill, we do not have confirmation of snowfall at this time. Please call your destination for current conditions.

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

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

So far this morning we have received 5 inches of snow and the lake effect is still bringing more, but at a much lighter rate. The forecast for the next 4-5 days looks great. Below normal temperatures (mid 20’s) so the new snow will stay like mid season conditions rather than mid March conditions. Our base is 18 to 28 inches deep before this snow. I will let the snow set up today and possibly Friday and set track and skate lanes for the weekend.


According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Riding is pretty much over in this area unless we receive some significant snow.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

Trails are closed till further notice. The gates have been closed to keep 4 wheelers off the snowmobile trails.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

All trails are closed.