Winter and Fishing Reports for March 7, 2013

Fishing Reports for March 7, 2013

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

Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

The water flow is running at  7,130cfs as of this morning. The fishing has been good on the river with some nice size fish coming to the net. Conditions were tough early in the week with some wind, but yesterday was in the 30s and a good day on the water. The weekend looks even better. Anglers are finding some fresh chrome in the river along with steelhead, brown trout and rainbows.

Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Steelhead fishing was very productive down on the run yesterday. It seems that the high water (1200cfs) has brought in another pod of fresh fish as all the ones we’ve seen pictures of have been nice n’ shiny! The warmer weather has certainly helped keep them on the bite too. Stone fly patterns in brown, black, olive, and pink all took fish #8-12. 10mm beads were also especially effective in tangerine roe, cream, and light pink along with egg sacs in a variety of colors. Good fishing should continue with beautiful weather forecasted through the weekend and the water flow has dropped to 900cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The weather was very nice yesterday and anglers were enjoying it. The fishing pressure has picked up and the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most pressure. Anglers said that the water clarity was good and anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Trestle Pool and Pineville. For those anglers who are fly fishing, high stick nymphing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or swinging flies have all produced results. For those anglers who are spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs, trout beads, pink worms and jigs have all produced results.

Oneida Lake report:

So far the ice is holding up in many areas of Oneida Lake. There is a good perch bite in deep water off Shackelton Shoals. Anglers have also reported some action near Big Bay and Cleveland.  The walleye bite has been good across most of the lake and some blue gills and crappies have been active near Big Bay. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s today and may reach 50 degrees by Sunday. As the thermometer rises be sure to check the ice before venturing out.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice on the pond is doing well with 8-12 inches in most areas of the pond. We will have to re-evaluate conditions after the next few days as some warmer temperatures are working in for the weekend. The perch bite has been good with jigs, spikes and live minnows working well. Pike have also been active.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

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

Although we do have warmer temperatures coming up in the next few days, there is a disturbance that will likely bring us a couple of inches of snow tonight. This should make for some good springtime skiing this weekend. We have 40k of set track and skate lanes with a 22-34 inch base.


According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

Tucker 2 went out on Tuesday and groomed S52 from the Village of Mexico to Pulaski, then over to the Town Park and back. Our base has held up quite well, but is getting thin the closer you get to Pulaski. S52 was groomed to Parish on yesterday. The wet hole near Ostranders is filled back in again and should hold up for a little while.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

The trails through Happy Valley were groomed Tuesday evening. C-4 Panther Lake was also groomed Tuesday evening; Gristmill to Mallory was groomed Monday evening. Forecasted temperatures over 50 degrees on Sunday; this might well be the last weekend except for Happy Valley on our trails.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

Many of the snowmobile trails have been groomed in the last week. The most recently groomed were done on Tuesday and include Bargy, Hawley, Hessel and Wart. We may get a couple of inches of snow overnight but not anything significant.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

All our club trails in the Boylston area (Winona, Little John and northern part of Chateaugay Forest) were groomed in the past 24 hours. This could be the last chance to ride this year depending on the warmer weather moving in. Hope you get a chance to ride at least one more time.