Fishing Reports for March 26, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
With the rain the water level is up a little today running at 8,940cfs this afternoon.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Yesterday it was river dropping, river rising, river dropping. We couldn’t keep up with all the fluctuations. We did end up hooking a bunch, but only some made it to the boat. Earlier this week there were not a ton of fish around but some nice quality catches.
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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Tuesday was a decent day on the river and the successful anglers drifted egg sacs through deeper pools but had to work for the fish. All open sections of the river produced equally. There weren’t any anglers yesterday but there was a nice Midge hatch in the afternoon along with the early black stones. With warmer weather and some rain, the water level will likely rise some. Currently it is running at 350cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The majority of action continues to be in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville, but is also getting the most fishing pressure on a daily basis. Anglers we have staying in the motel reported having another good day in the Lower Fly Zone with black stoneflies producing the best results. With the low clear water conditions the fish continue to be holding in the deep holes. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing have had results with blue or pink egg sacs, steelhead beads, pink worms and steelhead jigs.

Oneida Lake report:
Reports are indicating there is good ice in many areas of the lake. Use caution around open water such as streams and culverts and the shoreline areas are beginning to deteriorate. There are spots where the snow has melted and the ice is slick so cleats would be helpful walking. Indications are the perch bite has been slow. Just a reminder that walleye season closed on March 15.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Woody’s Tackle:
We have plenty of ice on the pond. Anglers are reporting a decent bite near the Elm’s. Crappies have been active at night and there has been a light perch bite. Reports indicate there are a lot of small ones being caught but there are some nice ones in the mix.

Winter Trail Report
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Trails were groomed and tracked last Sunday and were in great shape. Spring conditions exist and can change quickly. Enjoy while we can.

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Flurries are expected off and on all day. Saturday has a high of 22 degrees with partly cloudy skies and flurries. Sunday has a forecast of a daytime high of 35. With a 24″ base this looks to be a very skiable weekend.
We picked up a dusting to 1/2 inch of snow overnight. I will be grooming Saturday and Sunday for skate lanes and set tracks.


According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Tuesday and Wednesday were quite warm. Trails around town are thin, but the rest still have fair cover. Be aware of spring conditions as the ditches are starting to open up. Most of our trails were groomed Tuesday night and we will try to groom at least once more before and/or over the weekend. It’s been a great season, but this will be our last weekend of grooming. Our trails will be listed as closed on April 1st and the gates will start being closed soon after. Please respect our landowners and stay off the trails with both sleds and ATV’s once they’re closed.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
The season is winding down. Except for Happy Valley, which was just groomed, trails are now closed.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails will close April 1. Signs will be coming down in the fields starting Monday.