Fishing Reports for March 23, 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 has been up and down between 4,000-6,000cfs the last few days. It is running at 5,440cfs as of this morning. The best action in the river right now is at the dam with an excellent steelhead bite. Egg sacs, black stoneflies, black woolly buggers, minnows, pink and green power bait worms and nightcrawlers are working well. Perch are active at the lock in Phoenix taking minnows and bullhead are active in Ox Creek in Fulton and at Wright’s Landing. Anglers have been enjoying some good brown trout action along the lake shoreline east of the harbor using stickbaits.

Pulaski Area/ Salmon River report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

With this stretch of warm, sunny weather the browns moved out to about 20 feet of water. With the cooler temperatures working back in for the next few days and some rain in the forecast over the weekend, look for them back in the 8-10 foot range. Anglers are reporting some nice size browns showing up.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

I am happy to tell everyone that it has improved greatly over the last few days. I have had both drift boat guides along with bank anglers share their success with me. From the pictures I saw, it was a sold mix of both fresh and drop back steelhead. Those expressing success had one thing in common, beads. Both 10 & 8mm beads ranging in color from light orange and pale yellow to dead egg imitations caught their share of fish. Throw in the 70 degree temperatures we had today and how could you beat it!? The water has remained at 1800 cfs with water temperatures were near 40 degrees.

According to the Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Even though the water is high, anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. Some days have been better than others, but anglers are getting into fish. Drift boats are floating the entire river and getting into a mix of spawning fish and dropbacks. Bank anglers are fishing the gravel areas of the main river as well as the side channels. If you don’t feel comfortable fishing the higher water, then some of the smaller local tributaries is always an option. For those anglers who are fly fishing, estaz egg, glo-bugs and stoneflies have produced steady results on a daily basis. For those anglers float fishing or bottom bouncing, egg sacs, pink worms and trout beads have all been productive.

Oneida Lake report:

With the warm weather we have been having, anglers are thinking some early spring fishing. Perch have been active with minnows being the choice of bait. Look for panfish in the Big Bay area with spikes, wax worms, and hair jigs working well. Crappies are taking minnows, spikes and hair jigs.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are reporting the perch bite has been good on the main pond on both the north and south ends. Look for fathead minnows to get their attention. Crappies are also active in the channel and around the boat launches.