Fishing Reports for March 4, 2014

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

Oswego River report:
The river has been under 10,000cfs for several days. This morning it is flowing at 7,020cfs. This makes some areas along the river more accessible. With some moderating temperatures in the forecast for the end of the week there will likely be some anglers in search of the steelhead bite in the river. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Steelhead fishing has been fairly productive this weekend. Saturday each guest reported multiple hookups and just about all of the action was on blue egg sacs. Sunday the action slowed some but all guests reported getting into at least a few steelies; 8 & 10 mm beads were the primary bait of choice. Evening temperatures have been in the negatives and the high will barely creep into double digits today. The resulting slush and anchor ice will make fishing conditions difficult. There is a warming trend forecasted for mid-week through the weekend so conditions should improve. The water flow is running at 285cfs through tomorrow evening.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
On Monday we did not speak with many anglers, but the few who did brave the cold reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river. Areas such as the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Pineville and Sportsman’s Pool produced action. Nymphs in black, brown and olive along with single egg patterns in pale colors have worked well for fly fishing. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have done well with egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

Oneida Lake report:
Although we have again been in a period of very cold temperatures, as we head toward the weekend the thermometer will be reaching the 30s. We have plenty of ice, 15-20 inches in many areas, and not a lot of snow so navigating on the lake is not a problem. The fishing also has been good. There has been a walleye bite in the more shallow waters in areas off the north shore along with some action in the deeper water. Perch have also been active in the more shallow depths. Big Bay is producing blue gills along with some perch.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We have great conditions on the pond. There is 20 inches of ice on many areas of the pond and not a lot of snow so traveling by snowmobile or ATV is very manageable. More good news involves the perch bite which has definitely picked up the last couple of weeks and we have consistent northern pike action. Small jigs tipped with grubs are working for the perch; tip ups, large minnows and large spikes for the pike.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

All of the woodland trails are groomed and tracked. We will continue grooming as long as conditions permit us to do so. We have had some of the best conditions of the season.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The temperature was a negative 10 this morning with the high for the day 16. We have 40k set track and skate lane. Wednesday through the weekend highs are forecast in the 20’s. Still chilly today, but snow conditions are good. With 19 inches of snow in the last 4 days, our season snowfall total is 271 inches.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The Piston Bully was out on Friday doing the S54 loop from Blount Mills Rd. over to Tucker Rd. and back. It was back to the hill on Sunday to smooth out the trails again. We currently have the two big groomers down but should have them up and running in a day or two.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Things are setting up nicely with these cold temperatures. Although not as thick as normal, the base is starting to build. Central Square area is thinner but holding up. Collectively we have over 50 hours of grooming in since Saturday. Vanderbilt asked if we could help them out since they are having equipment issues, and of course we said we could and would so we took two groomers from Central Square and two from Panther Lake and their trails are now freshly groomed.
According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
The trails are open and grooming operations continue. Trails east to Bell Road were groomed Sunday morning. The trails west to the salt dome at Rathburn Road will be groomed today.