Fishing Reports for March 16, 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 was running at 6,230cfs as of this morning. This level is fishable all along the river. 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/Pulaski Area report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The steelhead fishing in the river has been good. Anglers are also reporting some limit catches of brown trout in the lake. Fish the shallow water along the shoreline with flat lines over the back of the boat working well.

According to the Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The water flow is running at 1200cfs. Over the last couple days we’re seeing a mix of a few fresh fish, spawning fish and some fish that are already dropping back. The fishing pressure has increased and the upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville is getting the most pressure. Anglers fishing the main river are getting into fish in and around the gravel areas as well as the inside seams and softer edges of the bigger pools. Anglers who are looking for less water are fishing the side channels off the main river and also some of the smaller local tributaries.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Fishing was a slow pick yesterday as our guests again worked for their bites. The key was covering water. Our guests told me that they usually got strikes within the first 15-20 minutes of fishing a spot. If they didn’t get a bite they moved on. When they did find willing fish they were mostly fresh hens aggressive and willing to do battle. That combined with the higher water made landing them particularly difficult.

Oneida Lake report:

A reminder that the walleye season closed 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:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There are a few anglers out on the open water in search of the perch bite but we have had no reports as yet. Crappies are appearing in the channel and around the boat launches.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Skiing:

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

The warmer temperatures have impacted conditions. Currently the trails have a 1-5 inch base with 1-10 inches through the woods with a wet granular surface and spring-like conditions.