Fishing Reports for March 24, 2014

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 running between 11,000-13,000cfs for a few days. This morning the flow is 11,500cfs. Sunday morning the bite was slow but it turned on in the afternoon. Anglers are somewhat limited to the walkway, the Kiddie Pool and Bridie Pool and behind the hotels. Due to construction in the area, there is no access to the dam. Smack beads, egg sacs and marabou jigs are working well. 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.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Sunday was a cold day on the water but the fish still wanted to bite. Our clients, who have been coming for a long time, had their best trip ever. We even netted a lost lake trout. It was an easy double-digit day plus many, many more. All released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Sunday was a cold day and even with blue skies and plenty of sunshine, the temperature only reached into the low 20s. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish in both the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers staying in the motel reported doing very well using black and purple stoneflies or hare’s ear. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is holding the most fish. If you are willing to walk some, the mid to lower section of the river is a good choice.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Our guests reported that fishing was good over the weekend. We even had some sunshine to boot! Clown eggs, estaz eggs, and bunny leaches in flesh colors took fish. 8 & 10 mm beads in Ontari-roe, Honey and Retro-roe also did well. The river is currently running at 350cfs as of this morning.

Oneida Lake report:

We still have good ice on the lake but as the temperatures warm up by the end of the week, conditions will begin to change. There were reports of some perch over the weekend but many were small. Big Bay continues to produce some bluegills and other panfish.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Woody’s Tackle:

With these colder temperatures we still have plenty of ice. The forecast is calling for warmer temperatures by the end of the week so conditions may be changing before too long. With the walleye and pike seasons closed, it is quieter on the pond. Greene Point is producing some crappies on small green and red jigs tipped with minnows.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

As of the weekend, there was still several feet of snow in Winona Forest. We will likely have snow well into the spring. We will continue to groom and maintain trails for as long as the snow conditions permit.

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

We have minus 12 degrees this morning with a high temperature of 20 degrees expected today. With 18 inches of fresh snow in the last 4 days and the colder temperatures we should have mid-season conditions for this last week of March. We have a total of 302 inches for the season.


According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

Due to the lack of snow, the trails are closed. If we receive more snow, we will assess conditions at that time.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

Happy Valley was groomed on Sunday evening. As much as we don’t want to, Section 1 is now closed and Section 3 most likely won’t make it through the day. Section 4, Happy Valley, is in good conditions.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The Boylston trails were groomed last Friday with two groomers. The crew said the snow worked through the drags very nicely and smoothed out well. With the cold temperatures it provided some great riding over the weekend. Get out and enjoy the trails because the end is in sight. Ride safely!

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:

All trails are still snow covered with a few inches of new snow the end of last week. Grooming is continuing as conditions allow. Although we have cold temperatures for a couple more days, the end of the forecast is warming up. Please use caution.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Trails are closed, it’s over! Roadside trail edges are bare and dry. Snowfall in the fields is fading away and trails in the woods are filled with holes. Please do us a favor and stay off the trails to avoid damage to landowner property.