Fishing Reports for March 15, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

The water level has remained at about the same level running between 23,000 and 24,000cfs for the last couple of days. This flow is very high and makes the river unfishable. Please use extreme caution along the river at this water level.

Salmon River report:

According to Brookfield Renewable Power, flows have now receded to within station discharge capabilities and spill gates have been closed, but stations are still at maximum output due to significant flows. Be especially alert and use extreme caution near the river. The water flow this morning is running at 1800cfs and extreme caution is urged near the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The river has receded somewhat but is still running high. Mild weather is expected for the remainder of the week along with some rain so we’ll have to wait and see what happens with the water. On Monday, bank anglers have been fishing the upper end of the river in Altmar at the Lower Fly Fishing Area, Schoolhouse Pool and Wire Hole.  With the higher water most anglers have been fishing with drift boat guides. The majority of anglers we spoke with yesterday reported having a slow day.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The water has come back to 1800cfs and the fishing along is good this morning! Flies, eggs, beads and Berkley worms are all producing fish. The next couple of days are supposed to be almost spring like and should prove to be excellent fishing days.

Oneida Lake report

Although there is ice in some areas of the lake, conditions are likely to change quickly with the warmer temperatures expected the next few days. Spring ice is very unpredictable and can be dangerous. Also, remember that the walleye season ends today.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Although there is some ice on the pond, with the warmer temperatures expected this week the ice can deteriorate quickly. It is likely that by later in the week, conditions may reach an unsafe point and staying off the ice will be recommended

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

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

We have had some cooler temperatures and a few inches of snow in the last week. The trails currently have a 14-16 inch base with 20-24 inches through the woods and a packed powder/variable surface.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

All of S56 from New Haven (D&W) to the county trail (Phoenix) is closed for the season. The stakes and signs have been removed and if you travel in this area, you are trespassing. If we get snow we are on in other areas but that is doubtful with the temperatures we are expecting for the next few days.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:

Conditions do not look promising for extending the season any further. Lots of water, mud and tree limbs down. Trails have not been groomed in over a week.