Fishing Reports for March 19, 2018

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

Oswego River report
The river flow has been running under 10,000cfs for several days. This morning it is flowing at 8,390cfs. Although we do not have any reports from the river, anglers are likely to find some steelhead activity along the river. Behind the hotels is a suggested location to try.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
There were several anglers on the run yesterday. Slush ice and some patches of soft anchor ice were an issue in the morning. Once areas became slush free anglers were reporting some action. One angler had drifted egg sacs under a bobber and suddenly hooked “a few” in a row. A guide reported his two clients went 6/10 with a mixed bag of brown trout, domestic rainbow, a drop-back and chrome hens in the middle section. They were swinging glo bugs and streamers. Several other clients reported activity also. The water flow is running at 750cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
With the cold early morning temperatures, slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river but did clear around mid day. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish both in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers who were fly fishing in the upper end of the river had success with squirmy worm flies, wiggle stones and black stoneflies either dead drifted or under a strike indicator. Anglers who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had success with blue or pink egg sacs, pink worms or beads. Over the last couple of days depending on whether it was the upper or lower end of the river, anglers have been getting into a mix of fresh fish as well as colored up fish. The best action has been in and around the deeper holes and larger runs.

Oneida Lake report:
Although we have had some colder temperatures, there is no safe ice on the lake. Stay safe as we wait for the open water fishing season to begin. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Sandy Pond report:
At this time there is no safe ice on the pond. Please be patient as we wait for open water fishing. A reminder that walleye and northern pike season closed on March 15 and will reopen on May 5.

Winter Trails Report:
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Association:
Lower trails are closed! Low snow and a lot of water under it has forced us to close the trails to the west of Snyder Rd. We received a few landowner complaints on Sunday and we can’t risk losing the trails. General rule of thumb, if you can see grass showing the trail is closed.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The area received just over a foot of new snow last week and conditions were very good for the weekend. There is not much snow in the forecast this week but temperatures will remain on the cool side for this time of year.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Trails were groomed just before the weekend. Parish to Central Square has been done and is in fair to good condition with one section between Co. Rt. 84 and Baum Rd. being very poor. Both of the Central Square loops were done and hopefully held up for the weekend. Parish to Happy Valley was groomed along with the valley itself.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Respect our landowners. Stay on the trails. We are in jeopardy of losing a trail due to people riding off the trail. They have been riding across the farmer’s field off Clark drive. They decided to ride along the fence getting close to his cattle. All of our trails were open for good riding this past weekend.

According to the Kasoag Trailblazers:
Saturday night Mike Weisenburger had the Williamstown groomer out grooming C4 Maple Hill Trail to O’Hara Rd and also groomed C4 up Stone Hill Rd and then up into Happy Valley. He also groomed the downtown trails. He reported that traffic was light last night so with the cold temperatures overnight the base should have frozen up nicely. He tried filling in those pesky water holes along Stone Hill Rd. and the one between St. Rt. 13 and Co. Rt. 30. Saturday afternoon, Dan and Marla were also out in the Williamstown groomer working on the trails. He reported that Maple Hill was getting thin due to the amount of traffic. The Altmar groomer was out on the trails yesterday.