Fishing Reports for March 14, 2014

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

Oswego River report:
After having blizzard warnings up on Wednesday with the snow and wind, the sun was out yesterday. It is overcast this morning but temperatures should reach near 40 degrees today. The river is running at 7,130cfs this morning. Shore anglers and driftboat anglers are finding a steelhead bite along with a few brown trout. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Well, we weathered through the latest snow storm with several inches of snow. The gusty wind created deep snow drifts in some areas. We are excited to see some more seasonable temperatures over the next couple days. The sunny skies and mild temperatures brought several anglers out to the Run to get some steelhead fishing in on Tuesday. The bite was slow as the brilliant sunshine may have turned the fish a little lethargic. Anglers reported good action over the weekend, with blue egg sacs and single egg patterns in natural colors taking the most hits. The flow still remains at 285cfs through tomorrow night.

Oneida Lake report:
The storm that was predicted Wednesday came to fruition with several inches of snow and a good stiff wind. Temperatures dropped rapidly hitting single digits by the evening. A warm up to near 40 degrees is expected today and Saturday. With the up and down temperatures and the snow on the lake, use caution as there are gas pockets in the ice. The walleye bite has been slow and the season ends on Saturday, March 15, until May 4. Even the perch have been less cooperative this week. Expect to move around some to find the activity.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We have plenty of ice, two feet in many areas. Although we did get some snow on Wednesday, there is little snow on the pond due to the wind. Temperatures are expected to warm up some for the next two days but back into the 20s for Sunday and Monday. Perch are taking small jigs tipped with grubs along with minnows. Northern pike are responding to tip ups with large shiners for pike. Greene Point is producing some crappies on small green and red jigs tipped with minnows. A reminder that walleye and Northern pike seasons end tomorrow.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Our best guess is about 12 inches of snow from the storm on top of a 30” base. As it is windblown, I will pack with just the Alpina to try to get some of the air out of the snow. We should have much more enjoyable temperatures with highs in the upper 30s for today and tomorrow. It will be colder again on Sunday.
According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Some much needed snow fell on the lower trails on Wednesday. Groomers were out all day yesterday making the lower trails smooth and opening road crossings. The Boylston crew will be hitting the eastern trails today. It should be awesome riding this weekend with the new snow. Get out and enjoy it before it is gone. Enjoy the trails and ride safely!
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
We are basically defining the trails and panning in the new snow. It is too deep in most places to lower the drag to do any cutting so it will be a little choppy with hidden bumps. Everything has been “groomed”. The warm temperatures forecasted for today may not allow us to groom tonight. We really can’t do much if temperatures are above 30 but we will have to see. It is forecasted to be colder Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday. Our intent is to groom these days, and then assess conditions.
According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are open and grooming decisions are day to day depending on weather conditions, forecasts and volunteer availability. West side trails loop is scheduled for grooming today. Several inches of new snow fell Wednesday and Wednesday night however high winds caused bare spots and drifts throughout the trail system. Roadside trail edges are bare and dry given yesterday’s sun and heavy road plowing and salting. Warm temperatures over the next couple of days won’t help improve conditions. Trails in the woods still have a fair base to ride. Please use caution while riding.